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International Human Rights Law

University University of Groningen
Degree type Master
Academic title L.L.M. Master of Laws
Location Netherlands
Methodology on campus
Commitment Full time
Duration 12- months
Tuition fee £
Deadline 1. May 2020
Language English

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Human rights are of all times and places, they are just not recognized everywhere, nor interpreted the same in all countries. There are several human rights systems in place and, in some cases, it can leave victims and their lawyers in a situation where they have to choose which forum to go to or which system to choose to seek their justice.

In this programme, you will be trained in human rights at the international level, but also in international humanitarian law and other related fields of (international) law. You will learn about the different systems and how human rights are interpreted within these systems and in different countries.

Course Syllabus

Students will have to participate in four compulsory courses and the compulsory seminar for this programme plus two optional compulsory courses. Like all masters, this programme is also concluded by writing a Master’s thesis, worth 18 ECTS.


  • International Human Rights Law
  • International Institutional Law
  • Seminar Human Rights
  • International Criminal Tribunals and Courts
  • International Health Law
  • International Humanitarian Law (optional)
  • Refugee and Asylum Law (optional)
  • Master’s thesis
  • European Human Rights Law (optional)
  • International Crimes (optional)

Admission Requirements

Grade average

  • GPA equivalent to 7/10 (Dutch grading scale)

Knowledge minimum

  • basic knowledge of public international law, on a similar level as the course Public International Law, including some elementary human rights law and elementary knowledge of European Law

Previous education

  • LLB or equivalent

Reference letter

  • 1 academic references should be provided

Written request

  • Applicants must send a motivation letter (max. 650 words). The letter should be written by the applicants themselves; it is not allowed to submit an (official) translation.

Other admission requirements

  • Curriculum vitae

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