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Master of Laws (LLM) in International Law by Distance Learning

Improve your career prospects by gaining a Masters in International Law while remaining in full-time employment

Course start date: 13th September 2019 (Application deadline: 1st September 2019). Delivered by tutored distance learning

De Montfort University

Your course tutors include:

Vanessa Bettinson LLB (Hons), LLM International Human Rights Law. Vanessa is the Academic Lead for the LLM in International Human Rights.

She has worked at DMU since 2004 teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Her current teaching covers criminal law, human rights law and immigration and refugee law to undergraduates. Vanessa’s current research interests are concerned with legal responses to domestic violence both within international and European human rights legal frameworks and domestically. She is the co-conference organiser of the Interdisciplinary Domestic Violence Conference: Working Together the Challenges for Legal and Community Professionals. Her other current research interest is concerned
with the human rights implications for risk based sentences, an issue that she is exploring with Professor Gavin Dingwall. Vanessa has several publications in a variety of esteemed journals that span matters of criminal justice, asylum law, domestic violence in the criminal justice system and human rights.

Recent publications include:

V. Bettinson, ‘Loss and Denial of Refugee Status’ in An introduction to International Refugee Law. Edited by Rafiqul Islam and Jahid Hossain Bhuiyan, Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers (2013); V. Bettinson and G. Dingwall, ‘Challenging the Ongoing Injustice of Imprisonment for Public Protection: James, Wells and Lee v United
Kingdom’ Modern Law Review (2013) 76(5) 925-936; V. Bettinson, ‘Restraining Orders Following an Acquittal in Domestic Violence Cases: Securing Greater Victim Safety?’ Journal of Criminal Law (2012) 76(6) 512-527; V. Bettinson and G. Dingwall, ‘Applying Generic Sentencing Aims in Domestic Violence Cases in England and Wales’ International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice (2012) 40 242-254.

Andy Gray, Solicitor. Andy Gray is a leading Sports Law practitioner and Head of DMU’s Sports Law Programme and has been central to designing the Sports Law and Practice LLM. In addition to his role at DMU, Andy has the following external roles:

• Acts as Judicial Commissioner for the Amateur Swimming Association with responsibility for determining cases under the ASA Disciplinary and Dispute Resolution systems.
• Appointed Chair to the England Golf Disciplinary Appeals Panel.
• Appointed as steward/panel member to the British Showjumping Disciplinary Panel
(effective 1 January 2014).
• Formerly In-house counsel to the national governing bodies for British and English
Swimming 1996-2013. Advised on a broad range of commercial, disciplinary and
regulatory issues with both a national and international dimension, with a particular
interest in sports governance, child safeguarding, athlete relationship management
and sporting integrity.
• Member of the UK Sport Legal Workstream involved in the consultation process in the
creation of the UK National Anti Doping Agency (UKAD).
• Visiting lecturer at Loughborough University, School of Sport and Exercise Science.
• Director of the British Association for Sport and the Law (BASL)
• Founder and principal of Andy Gray Sports Consultancy Limited provider of training and
consultancy services.

Publications:
Co-author of a chapter on “Child Safeguarding” in the leading sports law publication “Sport: Law and Practice” (Lewis & Taylor, 3rd edition Bloomsbury, 2013) Contributor to “Drugs and Doping in Sport” (Cavendish Publishing, 2001) and co-author (with Sarah James) of a chapter in “Managing Voluntary Sport Organisations” (Routledge, 2014)

Patty Healey BA (Hons) Health Studies, Post Graduate Diploma in Law (PGDL), Legal Practice Course (LPC), Registered General Nurse (RGN), LLM (Business Law).

Patty was formerly a full time Senior Lecturer in Law and Medicine at DMU. She now teaches part time on the LLM Medical Law and Ethics programme and the Graduate Diploma in Law programme for ILEX and she also teaches on undergraduate programmes. She also gives guest lectures to a variety of healthcare professionals on legal issues at the end of life,
consent, human rights law in the healthcare arena and legal aspects in GP commissioning.
Publications: ‘Calling Time on Abortion’ Contemporary Issues in Law, 2005, 10, 308,
13 (with J. Samanta); ‘Clinical Autonomy: Doctors Orders?’ (with D. Price, B. Harvey and
J.Samanta) in Clinical Ethics (2007) 2(3) 124-128.

Martin Morgan-Taylor teaches consumer, commercial and e-commerce law at both
under-graduate and post-graduate levels. In addition, Martin publishes in the area of light
pollution and nuisance. Martin is Legal Adviser to the Campaign for Dark Skies and past Vice President of the International Dark Sky Association (bodies attempting to reduce light pollution). He is also a member of the Institute of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (ILTHEM), The Society of Legal Scholars and a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. In the business law area his research interests are in the field of consumer protection, particularly the protection of consumers against unfair commercial practices and terms, as well as protection when buying online. Recent publications include: Willett, C. and Morgan-Taylor, M. (2013) ‘Consumer protection’ In: Furmston, M. and Chuah, J. (eds.) Commercial Law, 2nd ed. Harlow: Pearson Education, pp. 385-480; and Willet, C. and Morgan-Taylor, M. (2012) ‘Recognising the limits of transparency in EU consumer law’, In: Devenny, J. and Kenny, M. (eds.) European consumer protection: theory and practice, Cambridge:
Cambridge University Press. pp. 143-163.

Andy Robinson has taught on the Environmental Law postgraduate course since its inception in 1991, and currently teaches the core module for Environmental Law and Health and Safety Law. On undergraduate programmes he teaches Tort, Company Law, English Legal System and Public Law. He has published articles on nature conservation law, nuisance and negligently inflicted psychiatric harm, and has research interests in
rights of way and national parks.

Alan J Ryan is the Academic Lead for the Employment Law and Practice pathway. He is
a Principal Lecturer at De Montfort University. Alan is also the Faculty Provost, Chair of the
De Montfort University Branch of the University and College Union [UCU] and a member of the National Executive Committee of UCU. He is an ACAS qualified workplace mediator and also an academic member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. His research and publications have primarily been in the area of the relationship between legal regulation and contemporary people management – with a focus on obligations law, but he also has publications covering aspects of the management of labour in the SME sector and reward management.

Katharine Thompson is the Academic Lead for Food Law.

Katharine has taught on the LLM in Food Law since it began in 1995. She is the Food Safety Editor for Butterworths Law of Food and Drugs, the eight-volume encyclopaedia, giving an in-depth and up-to-date analysis of the law of food and drugs. Katharine has also published a number of articles and two books in this area: The Law  of Food and Drink (1996, Shaws) and Food Law (2009, Tottel Publishing) (with Barry Atwood and Chris Willett). Katharine is currently working on a new edition of this book.