LL.M. in Human Rights – credit requirements (HR LL.M.)

Students studying for an LL.M. degree in Human Rights shall obtain 28 Legal Studies credits and write a thesis of 50–100 pages (a minimum of 17.000 words).

The course 28 credits shall be obtained according to the following rules:

Mandatory courses (7 credits)

  • Introduction to Human Rights / Sejal Parmar (Pre-session, 1 credit)
  • Introduction to Public International Law / Markus Böckenförde (Pre-session, 1 credit)
  • Legal Terminology and Computer-based Legal Research / S.J.D. candidate (Pre-session, 1 credit)
  • Academic Legal Writing and Research / Sejal Parmar, Oswaldo Ruiz-Chiriboga, Mathias Möschel (Fall term, 0 credit)
  • Fundamental Rights in Comparative Perspective / Renáta Uitz, Oswaldo Ruiz-Chiriboga (Fall term, 2 credits)
  • Introduction to Regional Human Rights Systems / Eszter Polgári, Oswaldo Ruiz-Chiriboga (Fall term, 2 credits)

Mandatory-elective courses (mandatory credits)

Rights-related courses

a) Classics (3 credits must be obtained out of 9)

  • Human Rights and Criminal Justice / Károly Bárd (Fall term, 2 credits)
  • Freedom of Expression / András Sajó (Winter term, 2 credits) 
  • Political Rights in Comparative Perspective / Daniel Smilov (Winter term, 1 credit) 
  • Comparative Freedom of Religion / Cole Durham, Brett Scharffs (Spring term, 2 credits)
  • Freedom of Assembly / Michael Hamilton (Spring term, 1 credit)
  • Freedom of Religion – Advanced / Cole Durham (Spring term, 1 credit)

b) Contemporary Challenges (2 credits must be obtained out of 8)

  • European Anti-Discrimination Law / Mathias Möschel (Fall term, 2 credits)
  • Equality Policies in Comparative Approach /Andrea Krizsán/Violetta Zentai (Winter term, 1 credit)
  • Law and Bioethics / Judit Sándor (Winter term, 2 credits)
  • Critical Race Theory: Race and Law from the United States to Europe / Mathias Möschel, Angéla Kóczé (Spring term, 2 credits)
  • Human Rights in Emergency Situations / Mordechai Kremnitzer (Spring term, 1 credit)

Government-related courses (2 credits must be obtained out of 5)

  • EU Law I / Petra Bárd (Fall term, 1 credit)
  • Constitution-Building in Africa / Markus Böckenförde, Gedion Hessebon (Fall-Winter terms, 2 credits) 
  • Constitutionalism and Rights in South and South East Asia / Arun Thiruvengadam (Spring term, 1 credit)
  • People, Popular Sovereignty and the Constitution of Illiberal Democracy [Intellectual Themes Initiative Workshop]/ András Sajó (Spring term, 1 credit)

Enforcing Rights and Human Rights Advocacy (3 credits must be obtained out of 10)

  • Human Rights Remedies / Jeremy McBride (Fall term, 1 credit)
  • The UN Human Rights System / Sejal Parmar (Fall term, 2 credits)
  • EU Human Rights Law and Policy / Marie-Pierre Granger (Winter term, 2 credits)
  • International Human Rights Advocacy/ Sejal Parmar (Winter term, 2 credits)
  • Freedom of Expression in Practice / Sejal Parmar (Spring term, 2 credits)
  • Human Rights in Africa with Special Focus on Gender Issues / Victoria Nwogu (Spring term, 1 credit)

Students are advised to consult their thesis supervisor when selecting mandatory-elective courses.
Students in the International Justice Specialization and the Clinical Specialization shall see further requirements.