In January 2009 the University of Warwick accepted 20 Ethiopian students to study for a LLM in Law in Development. This LLM was created, administered and delivered by the University of Warwick Law School at Mekelle University, who are act as a host for the programme.
The University of Warwick Law School worked with the Ethiopian stakeholders to develop a LLM programme and model for its delivery that is unique to the needs and resources of the Ethiopian stakeholders.
The LLM programme was delivered over two years from January 2009 to January 2011. 17 students successfully graduated in April 2011 with a LLM in Law and Development from the University of Warwick.
Objectives of the Warwick LLM in Law and Development
This LLM had four prime objectives:
1) Giving a opportunity to 20 Ethiopians that met Warwick Law school admission criteria , to study for a Warwick LLM while remaining in Ethiopia.
2) Imparting to the students enrolled upon the course a thorough understanding of Warwick Law School teaching and learning techniques, by engaging in them as students. With particular emphasis being placed on the Law in Context approach, Critical Legal Thinking discourse and group discussion based learning.
3) Familiarizing Mekelle Administration and other Ethiopian stakeholders with the Warwick University methodology for the creation and delivery of a LLM course.
4) Providing Academic members of Mekelle Staff the opportunity yo shadow Warwick University staff and acted as reading facilitators in order to understand how Warwick LLM modules are created and delivered in terms of teaching techniques.
The Warwick Law in Development LLM Outline
The core courses
Course 1 Law in Development
Course 2 Legal Theory and Development
Course 3 World Trade Organisation and the International Trade Regime
Course 4 International Intellectual Property Law and Practice
Course 5 Gender and Human Rights
Course 6 Globalisation and Governance
The optional Courses
Option 1: Learning in Practice in Legal Education
Option 2: Gender Justice, Human Rights and Poverty
Option 3: Legal Education and Legal Skills
Option 4: Approaches to Global Justice