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 / János Fiala-Butora (Pre-session, 1 credit)
  • Introduction to Law / Eszter Polgári (Pre-session, 1 credit)
  • Legal Terminology / Eszter Polgári (Pre-session, 1 credit)
  • Computer-based Legal Research / S.J.D. candidate (Fall Term, 0 credit)
  • Fundamental Rights in Comparative Perspective / Renáta Uitz (Fall term, 2 credits)
  • Introduction to the Law and Practice of the European Court of Human Rights / Eszter Polgári (Fall term, 2 credits)
  • The Foundations of Public International Law / Boldizsár Nagy (Fall term, 1 credit)
  • Thesis Writing Course / CAW Instructor (Fall 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)

  • Freedom of Expression / András Sajó (Fall term, 2 credits)
  • Human Rights and Criminal Justice / Károly Bárd (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 9)

  • Key Concepts of the Law of Forced Migration / 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)
  • Critical Race Theory: Race and Law from the United States to Europe / Mathias Möschel, Angéla Kóczé (Spring term, 2 credits)
  • Human Rights in Africa with Special Focus on Gender Issues / Victoria Ijeoma Nwogu (Spring term, 1 credit)

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

  • Mental Disability Law and Advocacy / János Fiala-Butora  (Fall term, 1 credit)
  • European Anti-Discrimination Law / Mathias Möschel (Fall-Winter term, 2 credits)
  • Human Rights Remedies / Jeremy McBride (Winter term, 1 credit)
  • The UN Human Rights System / Sejal Parmar (Winter term, 2 credits)
  • Designing and Implementing Human Rights Projects / Eszter Polgári, HRSI (Winter-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.