M.A. in Human Rights – credit requirements (HR MA)

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

The 28 course 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 Law and the Basics of Public International Law / Eszter Polgári (Pre-session, 2 credits)
  • Computer-based Legal Research / S.J.D. candidate (Fall Term, 0 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)
  •  For the mandatory courses Human Rights M.A. students receive a total of 8 credits and shall take additional 20 credits (10 credits from restricted elective courses and 10 credits from elective courses) during the academic year.

Restricted elective courses (mandatory credits)

Civil and Political Rights (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)

Rights of the Vulnerable and Minority Groups (4 credits must be obtained out of 10)

  • The Protection of Children and Victims’ Rights in International and Regional Law / Károly Bárd, Oswaldo Ruiz-Chiriboga (Fall term, 2 credits)
  • Mental Disability Law and Advocacy / János Fiala-Butora (Fall term, 1 credit)
  • The Law and Politics of Combating Violence against Women / Mathias Möschel, Andrea Krizsán (Winter term, 2 credits)
  • Equality Policies in Comparative Approach /Andrea Krizsán/Violetta Zentai (Winter term, 1 credit)
  • Critical Race Theory: Race and Law from the United States to Europe / Mathias Möschel, Angéla Kóczé (Spring term, 2 credits)
  • Indigenous Peoples' Rights under International Law / Oswaldo Ruiz-Chiriboga (Spring term, 2 credits)

Enforcing Rights & 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.