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 (8 credits)

  • Introduction to Human Rights / Sejal Parmar (Pre-session, 1 credit)
  • Introduction to Law / Eszter Polgári (Pre-session, 1 credit)
  • Legal Terminology / Eszter Polgári (Pre-session, 1 credit)
  • Academic Legal Writing and Research / Sejal Parmar, Charlotte Steinorth or Mathias Möschel (Fall term, 0 credit)
  • Computer-based Legal Research / S.J.D. candidate (Fall Term, 0 credit)
  • Development of Legal Systems: Historical Context / Vladimir Petrovic (Fall term, 0 credit)
  • Fundamental Rights in Comparative Perspective / Renáta Uitz (Fall term, 2 credits)
  • Introduction to Public International Law / Charlotte Steinorth (Fall term, 1 credit)
  • Introduction to the Law and Practice of the European Court of Human Rights / Eszter Polgári (Fall term, 2 credits)
  • Thesis Writing Course / CAW Instructor (Winter term, 0 credit)

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)

Rights-related courses (4 credits must be obtained out of 9)

  • Human Rights and Criminal Justice / Károly Bárd (Fall term, 2 credits)
  • Freedom of Expression: Comparative Law Perspectives / Sejal Parmar (Fall term, 2 credits)
  • The Law of Democracy: Parties and Elections / 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 (3 credits must be obtained out of 8)

  • International Refugee Law - Foundations / Boldizsár Nagy (Fall term, 1 credit)
  • Minority Rights, Migrants and the Cosmopolitan Challenge/ István Pogány (Winter term, 1 credit)
  • The Law and Politics of Combating Violence Against Women / Mathias Möschel, Andrea Krizsán (Winter term, 2 credits)
  • Children’s and Victim’s Rights in the Criminal Justice System / Károly Bárd (Spring term, 2 credits)
  • Human Rights in Africa with Special Focus on Gender Issues / Victoria Ijeoma Nwogu (Spring term, 1 credit)
  • Roma Rights / Bernard Rorke (Spring term, 1 credit)

Enforcing Rights & Human Rights Advocacy (3 credits must be obtained out of 7)

  • Mental Disability Law and Advocacy / Oliver Lewis (Fall term, 1 credit)
  • The UN Human Rights System / Sejal Parmar (Fall term, 1 credit)
  • Designing and Implementing Human Rights Projects / Eszter Polgári (Winter term, 1 credit)
  • Human Rights and the Global South / Charlotte Steinorth (Winter term, 2 credits)
  • International Human Rights Advocacy and Practice / Fiala-Butora János (Spring term, 1 credits)
  • The African Human Rights System / Horace Adjolohoun (Spring term, 1 credit)

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