|Degree:||Master of Laws (LLM)|
Master of Laws (LLM)
|University website:||Human Rights|
The MLL in Human Rights Program combines social science, policy-based approaches with legal science and aims to provide theoretical and practical training in human rights for students who do not have a legal background. The problem-focused curriculum and the strong interdisciplinary and comparative approach offer students ample opportunities to understand the theoretical and legal foundations of human rights and engage with challenges to human rights protection in an age of skepticism and populism.
The MLL Program in Human Rights―like all other programs at the Department of Legal Studies―is committed to research-based teaching.
Areas of research and teaching include international mechanisms for the protection of human rights in all international and regional human rights regimes, freedom of expression and freedom of religion, human rights and criminal justice, political rights, non-discrimination, minority protection, human rights and development politics, human rights in Africa, the constitutional protection of rights on a basic level, and more. Courses by our part-time (visiting) faculty build on the core content taught by permanent faculty, permitting us to introduce courses on contemporary human rights challenges as they arise. The program also benefits from close cooperation with other master’s programs at the Department via optional thematic specializations.
Teaching has a strong practical orientation and includes experiential learning and skill-building components in order to develop skills indispensable for successful human rights practitioners (such as negotiation, drafting, advocacy and presentation skills). Rigorous and closely monitored coursework provides the tools of advocacy, analysis, critical reading and writing necessary to enable students to make a significant and lasting contribution both to rights protection in their home countries and to the enforcement of human rights at large.
Courses prepare students to explore human rights issues across legal systems, to engage in advanced critical thinking, and to refine their arguments in oral interactions and group work. Classes are highly interactive, enabling students to benefit from the international composition of the student body; in-class discussions allow insight into contemporary developments as they evolve, enabling critical engagement with these developments in a manner that is sensitive to the multi- cultural composition of our academic community. Individual research skills are developed through problem-driven papers written for various courses, as well as in the final thesis or capstone thesis.
Several courses offer first-hand experience for students in human rights advocacy and immersions to the work of civil society organizations, which remain unique assets of the Program.
Students are encouraged to address practical human rights problems through comparative analysis, using a theoretic framework informed by inter-disciplinary insight. As a result, our graduates, with their advanced analytical skills which draw on critical inter-disciplinary analysis, are capable of responding effectively to human rights challenges with policy-relevant proposals.
In addition to meeting the General CEU Admissions Requirements, applicants to the HR MA program must also fulfill the Program-specific admission requirements.
In exceptional cases, applicants with a three-year bachelor’s degree may be allowed admission into one-year master’s programs. The applicants should be aware that they may not be able to pursue a doctoral degree in the European Higher Education Area if they have accumulated less than 300 ECTS credits in their prior university studies. Applicants wishing to pursue an academic career should choose their master’s program accordingly (two-year master’s in case they completed a three-year bachelor’s degree, and one-year master’s in case they completed a four-year bachelor’s degree). For the list of conditions under which exemptions may be granted, please refer to the program’s website.
At the end of the course students will be equipped with