LL.M. Public International Law and Human Rights

Riga Graduate School of Law

Application deadline: Early admission deadline - 17 March; General admission deadline - 8 July 2015
Tuition fee:
  • € 5,500 / Year (EEA)
  • € 5,500 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 60 ECTS
Credits: 40
Duration full-time: 12 months
Languages:
  • English
Location:
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time
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Description

The programme is aimed at students interested in working with international public law issues, including human rights, in a national or international environment. It offers in-depth studies in fundamental issues of public international law and human rights law, the interaction between the two areas of law, and in current trends of their development.

Available to individuals with at least 240 ECTS credits (160 Latvian credits) Bachelor, Masters, or equivalent degree in law or related fields, on condition that basic knowledge in law and corresponding work experience is acquired. Accepted proof of English language proficiency: IELTS 5.5+, TOEFL IBT 69+ or TOEFL paper based test 525+

Courses cover following topics:

  • theory and development of international public law and human rights law
  • international humanitarian law and conflict resolution
  • international criminal law
  • European human rights law
  • business and human rights

The programme consists of academic studies and thesis writing. Following successful completion, students are awarded a master's degree (LL.M) in Public International Law and Human Rights.

Civil Society Leadership Awards are available for the applicants for this programme.

The LL.M programme is also offered on a part-time basis. Duration of the part-time Masters programme depends on the schedule chosen by the student. In general, the duration of the programme is double that of the full-time programme.

Contents

Students have to complete 6 mandatory courses and 2 optional courses chosen either from the tracks of European Union Law and Policy or Transborder Commercial Law, as well as specialized courses and defend their master thesis at the end of the programme.

The 6 mandatory courses are as follows:

  • • International Law System and Human Rights: Theory and Development
  • • International Humanitarian Law
  • • International Criminal Law
  • • Changing European Human Rights Law
  • • Business and Human Rights
  • • State Responsibility in International Law

During the teaching weeks, students will normally follow 2 courses offered for each 6-week period. Students may also choose to study on a part-time basis, following only 1 course at a time. Thus a part-time study will normally take double the time of a full-time study, but students may also choose a mixed part-time and full-time approach.

The teaching week usually comprises 12 contact hours, with lectures and seminars in the 2 selected courses, as well as specialized courses consisting of master thesis support sessions, legal English, legal research and legal ethics.

The teaching is based on case discussions with active student participation, involving both general studies and specific course assignments. Different teaching methods are used to encourage student participation, including Moot courts and study groups. Within the full-time teaching week, in average 26 academic hours are reserved for student preparation.

Requirements

Undergraduate diploma (or higher)

Available to individuals with at least 240 ECTS credits (160 Latvian credits) Bachelor, Masters, or equivalent degree in law or related fields, on condition that basic knowledge in law and corresponding work experience is acquired.

At least four years of undergraduate or combined with graduate studies are required for access to this programme.

The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English / Latvian.

Often you can get a suitable transcript from your school. If this is not the case, you will need official translations along with verified copies of the original.

Language requirements

English

Accepted proof of proficiency: IELTS 5.5+, TOEFL IBT 69+ or TOEFL paper based test 525+

As the teaching language is English, students must demonstrate a strong command of the language. Students whose native language is English or have completed their schooling or first degree at an English-speaking university or institution are generally exempt from the language requirement.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 5.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 525
TOEFL iBT® test: 69

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Accreditation

RGSL is fully accredited institution without time limitations. All seven RGSL Masters programmes and two Bachelor programmes are accredited.RGSL has a solid tradition in providing various programmes with a focus on law and with an interdisciplinary approach to other fields of study.

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