LL.M. International Human Rights Law

Lund University

Application deadline: January 15
Tuition fee:
  • Free (EEA)
  • € 14,000 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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For more than two decades, the Master of Laws in International Human Rights Law has been a cooperative venture of the Faculty of Law at Lund University and the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. This makes your education unique: no other LLM programme offers the joint resources of a prestigious law school and an implementation-oriented human rights institution. And, we believe, no other LLM programme has become so well-established with employers in the human rights area. We aim to train your contextual awareness, scholarly approach, analytic clarity and practical skills alike. Both the Faculty of Law at Lund University and the RWI are well respected educational actors and our graduates benefit from the fact that the Master´s programme at Lund is held in high esteem worldwide. The programme staff has been carefully selected to ensure the highest scholarly standards in research and training. We regularly add outstanding international experts to the list of guest professors addressing our students: Kofi Annan, Shirin Ebadi, judges at international courts and tribunals, diplomats and human rights intellectuals.

The Master of Laws in International Human Rights Law in Lund was one of the first LLM programmes established specifically to provide for the academic mastery of an increasingly complex area: the international law of human rights. Three paths are offered, one leading to a general command of human rights law in theory and practice (which most students choose) and two specialisations, combining human rights law with either intellectual property law or labour rights. All of the three options will open doors to a broad array of international and domestic careers within the legal sector.

Career prospects

Our alumni find employment with international organisations, NGOs, private law firms and public authorities. The UN system or regional organisations, international or domestic courts, the public or the private sector - you will enjoy a broad choice. Our LLM prepares you thoroughly for the challenges of your future profession and gives you a competitive advantage over holders of other Master s degrees in human rights.


This programme leads to a Master of Laws in International Human Rights Law or to a Masters degree in one of two specialisations: Masters in International Human Rights Law and Intellectual Property Rights Law, or Masters in International Human Rights Law and International Labour Rights. compulsory courses for all three paths (90 ECTS): International Law (15 ECTS), Human Rights Law, (15 ECTS), Advanced Human Rights (15 ECTS), Procedural Law of Human Rights in National and International Law (7.5 ECTS), Legal Writing and Research (7.5 ECTS), Masters thesis (30 ECTS). courses within general human rights law: Humanitarian Law (7.5 ECTS) + elective courses (22.5 ECTS). courses within the specialisation in intellectual property rights law: Introduction to European Intellectual Property Law (7.5 ECTS), Human Rights Perspectives on Intellectual Property Law (15 ECTS) + elective course (7.5 ECTS). courses within the specialisation in international labour rights: Bases of International Law on Labour Rights (7.5 ECTS), Fundamental Labour Rights (7.5 ECTS) + elective courses (15 ECTS).


At least a 3-year Bachelor degree in law (LL.B or equivalent).

English B (advanced) language proficiency shall be demonstrated in one of the following ways:

* IELTS score of 6.5 (with no section less than 5.5)
* TOEFL paper-based score of 4.5 (scale 1-6) in written test and a total score of 575; internet based score of 20 (scale 0-30) and a total score of 90
* Cambridge/Oxford Advanced Certificate of Proficiency
* A Bachelors degree from a university where English is the only language of instruction, according to the International Handbook of Universities
* A pass on English course B (Swedish upper secondary school).

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 575
TOEFL iBT® test: 90


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