• Admission requirements - LLB or equivalent legal qualification. Research competency and writing skills are taken into account when considering applications. As a guideline, students must have obtained an average of 60% for the final-year LLB modules and for the dissertation.
  • International students - An evaluation certificate issued by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) must be submitted if a previous qualification was obtained in a foreign country. 
  • Duration of study - Minimum one year, maximum two years.
  • Additional admission requirements - The Director Postgraduate Programmes may require a student to furnish sufficient proof of his/her research skills before receiving permission to register. If a student wishes to obtain an LLM degree in a subject not included in the LLB or in which the student’s achievements are not of the standard required, the Director may prescribe an admission examination in the subject concerned.
  • Capacity - The LLM programmes and elective modules are only offered if the Director of Research is of the opinion that there is sufficient demand for them.
  • Research topics - Students can only register for a research topic in a module when sufficient supervision is available and if the Director is of the opinion that there will be sufficient expertise to support and guide a student in the Faculty.

The LLM in International Child Law is one of a kind.  Although similar qualifications do exist elsewhere nationally and internationally, this one is unique in that it views child law as applied in international law. Students are therefore exposed to the discipline in a strong international context and it comes as no surprise that students from all over the world enrol for the course.

The programme aims to equip students with sound academic knowledge and professional skills in child law and serves as an academic qualification for careers nationally and internationally in the field.

In view of the high international profile of the programme, the presenters are practitioners and academics who are nationally and internationally regarded as leaders in their respective fields of specialisation.

Programme leader: Ms Chantelle Feldhaus

The programme comprises the following modules:

Compilation of curriculum - LLM in International Child Law

CODE: 6CK P01, R801P



The programme comprises the following modules:

Module code



Semester 1

LLMC 874

Research Methodology and mini-dissertation


LLMK 811

International Child and Family Law


LLMK 812

International Children’s Human Rights


Semester 2

LLMK 821

International Social Justice


LLMK 822

International Juvenile Justice


Total for the curriculum


Seminar Programme 2022  (Download)

Various career opportunities will be available for students who successfully complete this programme. Save for the attorneys and advocates professions, there are opportunities at NGOs, international organisations and various government departments.