Degrees Masters

International Law and Human Rights

University Åbo Akademi University
Degree type Master
Academic title M.Sc. Master of Science
Location Finland
Methodology on campus
Commitment Full time
Duration 24- months
Tuition fee (per year) EEA: 0 / International: 10000 €
Deadline 31. January 2020
Language English

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This two-year programme is designed to prepare its graduates for challenging careers in international and non-governmental organisations and public administration, in the field of international human rights law or another field of public international law.

Students who have successfully completed the full-time study programme will be awarded a Master of Social Sciences degree (Politices magister). However, the programme has a legal focus, corresponding to an LL.M. Degree.

Please note that the widely known Master’s Degree Programme in International Human Rights Law, which has been ongoing since 2006, will in autumn 2018 be broadened by adding a stronger element of studies in public international law alongside the human rights law focus. Consequently, the programme will be called Master´s Degree Programme in International Law and Human Rights

Course Syllabus

The programme consist of (a) compulsory international and human rights law courses
including a research seminar and a master’s thesis, and (b) elective studies.
Students can choose to deepen their knowledge in particular areas, such as international human rights law,
migration and refugee law, international law and conflicts, and general studies in public international law.
Elective studies may include courses offered by other subjects than public international law
at Åbo Akademi University, courses within the Turku Law School cooperation between Åbo Akademi University
and the University of Turku, as well as courses offered by Finnish, Nordic and international partner universities. Students are encouraged to do an internship. Relevant internships can be included as elective studies.


Governance Through International Law (20 credits)
•    Sources and Principles of Public International Law (5 credits)
•    Enforcement of International Obligations (5 credits)
•    International Protection of Human Rights (10 credits)

Thematic Specialisation within the programme (20 ECTS) See further the list of courses 2018-2020.
The courses offered provide the possibility to study a wide selection of topics in international law a
nd human rights. Students can choose to deepen their knowledge in particular areas such as international
human rights law, migration and refugee law, international law and conflicts, and general studies
in public international law.

Master´s Seminars Paper and Methodology (10 credits)

Master’s Thesis (30 credits)


20 credits in a freely chosen subject/minor. Further courses within the programme or
other subjects than public international law at Åbo Akademi University.

Free optional studies 20 credits

Admission requirements

The programme is open to all applicants holding a Bachelor’s degree in law or another Bachelor’s degree with at least 45 ECTS in law or other relevant subject(s). The applicants should be familiar with the basics of public international law and/or constitutional law.

In case the applicant’s Bachelor’s degree diploma does not contain an evaluation of the academic merits of the applicant’s Bachelor’s thesis, a separate letter of evaluation by the thesis supervisor should be attached to the application. If the applicant’s Bachelor’s degree does not contain a graded Bachelor’s thesis or another equivalent academic research essay, it is recommended that the applicant supplements her/his application with a letter where a professor assesses the applicant’s academic writing abilities. Please note that a Bachelor’s thesis is not a requirement for applying to the programme.

Eligible applicants are assessed on the basis of their academic merits in relevant subjects (transcript of records including the evaluation of the Bachelor’s thesis/academic research essay) and the motivation stated in the application form (in which the applicant should pay attention to her/his reasons for applying to the programme).

Applicants to the Master’s degree programmes taught in English must always prove their knowledge of the English language.

An applicant who has completed his/her Bachelor’s degree in English at the Faculty of Law/School of Law at any of the programme’s cooperation universities (such as Addis Ababa University, Makerere University, University of Nairobi, University of Pretoria, University of Stellenbosch, University of Western Cape) can be considered for the programme without submitting any of the required English language tests. Such students need to include in their application a letter from their teacher assessing the applicant’s skills in the English language.

No entrance examination. Admission granted on basis of the application.

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