• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • 5500
    Tuition (Year)
    5500
    Tuition (Year)
  • English
    Language
The Public International Law and Human Rights programme at the Riga Graduate School of Law is intended for students who are interested in pursuing their professional carriers in international organisations, private law firms, public authorities, or in academia. The programme allows for a combination of courses from three tracks: European Union Law, International Commercial Law, Public International and Human Rights Law.
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  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding

About

The Public International Law and Human Rights 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 their current trends of development.

Courses cover the 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 Riga Graduate School of Law 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 applicants to this programme.

The LL.M programme is also offered on a part-time basis. The 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.

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.

Programme Structure

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.

For more information please visit the programme website.

Audience

We are looking for outstanding applicants that value knowledge and strive for excellence. We will offer a study experience that reaches beyond borders of disciplines and traditional boundaries of thinking to prepare you for any challenge on your way to a spectacular career and international recognition.

Detailed Programme Facts

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  • Credits (ECTS)
    63 ECTS

    (42 Latvian credits)

  • Credits
    42

    (42 Latvian credits)

  • Duration full-time 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
  • Intensity Flexible
  • Duration part-time 24 months
  • More information Go To The Course Website

Academic Requirements

  • Applicants must fill out RGSL online application
  • Available to individuals with at least 240 ECTS (160 Latvian credits) Bachelor, Masters, or equivalent degree in law, politics or related fields, on condition that basic knowledge in law or corresponding work experience is acquired
  • Applicants should present the following documents:
    • Certified copies of diploma and diploma transcript with an English translation (if the diploma is issued outside Latvia)
    • Official results of English competency exams: TOEFL, Institutional TOEFL or IELTS not older than 3 years. The required minimum result is 525 points for TOEFL (for a computer test - 196; Internet based test - 69-70) and 5.5 for IELTS.
    • Passport copy
    • Motivation letter which may also refer to relevant professional experience
    • An application is considered complete only when the RGSL has received complete application package consisting of all listed documents. Students may be invited for an interview at the discretion of the Admissions Committee. Applicants from countries requiring a visa for Latvia are required to pay a Processing fee of 100 EUR (does not apply to applications from member states of the EU, countries of the European Economic Area and Swiss Confederation).

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 5500 International
  • EUR 5500 EEA

*Total fee per programme: 5 500 EUR

Part time

  • Tuition per academic year: 3 550 EUR
  • Total per programme: 7 100 EUR
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Funding

Excellence scholarships

RGSL offers fee waivers for foreign students and outstanding local applicants!

Fee waivers in each Bachelor programme are available for local applicants with the highest average weighted grade.

Fee waivers in selected Bachelor and Masters programmes are available for outstanding foreign applicants based on academic performance and motivational letter.

Additional scholarships may be offered by donors of RGSL.

Early Admission Lottery

Apply before 15 March and participate in the Early Admission Lottery! We will raffle one free study place for one academic year on the Bachelor programmes and one on the Masters programmes among all eligible applicants.

For more information, please check the programme website.

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