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Master of International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law - LLM


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Master of International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

Courses offered in the program 

Courses consist of both presence and distance-learning elements. Lectures and seminars within the presence elements take place in Frankfurt (Oder) based on small-group teaching. Students are expected to prepare intensively for such lectures and seminars and carry out follow-up work through distance learning or library activity so as to consolidate the material dealt with in face-to-face teaching. The distance-learning elements are presented via an Internet platform providing for an interactive study.

  • General introduction to International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
  • Civil and political rights
  • Economic, social and cultural rights
  • Prohibition of discrimination
  • Women’s and children’s rights
  • Rights of minorities and peoples
  • Migration law
  • Refugees, internally displaced persons  
  • Individual (criminal) responsibility
  • State responsibility
  • Justice and (criminal) penalties and enforcement
  • Democracy, rule of law and administration
  • Conflict prevention/management
  • Current issues of the law of armed conflict
  • Research and training
  • Public international law

Practical experience and master thesis

Students enrolled in the Master’s program complete a period of practical training and experience relevant to the subject matter. This internship period is conducted within institution active in the field covered by the Master’s program or with a direct relation to it. Students are expected to organise their own internships. The Master’s Office provides maximum assistance in arranging internships.

Students write  Master's thesis on an approved topic, supervised by one or more members of the Master’s Faculty or by another expert approved by the Examination Board. Students also have the opportunity of participating in research projects conducted by teachers and scholars affiliated with the Master’s program.