International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, LL.M.

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  • 18 months
  • English (book IELTS)


  • 1.5 year (3 Semester) LLM English-language program
  • integrated coverage of international human rights and humanitarian law providing in-depth understanding of individual protection as the basis of democratic, stable and just governance in peacetime and during armed conflict
  • responds to important developments in international politics, security, terrorism, armed conflict and peace-keeping
  • a comprehensive curriculum gives attention to academic abilities including research and reporting and to practical skills especially through internships in international and national organisations
  • international teaching faculty of human rights and humanitarian law experts
  • small group study in an internationally diverse student body
  • prepares for a big range of international and national careers
  • distance learning with 8 weeks of lectures/seminars (presence learning) in Frankfurt (Oder) in first and second semester
  • admission open to graduates in law or equivalent
  • scholarships may be available from the DAAD
  • graduate study at a top German university located at Frankfurt (Oder) in the centre of Europe at the German-Polish border, near Berlin, the German capital
  • Diploma and Certificate qualifications are also available for shorter periods of coursework study.

The Master’s program prepares graduates for taking up career opportunities in policy making, international, public and governmental service, public and private legal practice, work for non-governmental organisations, and academic teaching and research.

The special character of the program lies in its integration of the protection of human rights generally with rights protection in diverse situations of armed conflict. Thus many aspects of the program are directed specifically to providing understanding and insight into the links between tradition international human rights law and international humanitarian law. As well, the program aims not only to provide a solid theoretical understanding of the issues, principles, structures, substantive law and institutions relevant to this topic but also to aid students in acquiring reliable practical skills in the application of their theoretical knowledge.

Particular importance is placed on the development and promotion of the following:

  • comprehensive knowledge of the system of protection of the individual spanning both the international law of peace and the international law of armed conflict, including the philosophical, political and historical foundations of that system;
  • in-depth knowledge of legally binding international rights and guarantees and their protection and enforcement under various legal remedial regimes;
  • practical skills in applying international standards of protection in specific circumstances, in particular in international court proceedings and other institutional procedures, the investigation of facts, or conflict resolution;
  • skills and procedures in undertaking academic investigation and research including the preparation of reports;
  • intercultural communication and transfer of knowledge, particularly in relation to (but not limited to) the countries of central, eastern and south-eastern Europe.


Since its reestablishment in the year 1991, Viadrina has strictly adhered to its concept of bringing young people together from every corner of the world. This concept has proven to be successful: Viadrina has grown to become a lively, highly regarded member in the community of German and European universities.

The European University Viadrina remains at the forefront of student exchanges with international universities. This year the Viadrina was honored for the second time with the Erasmus Quality Seal, “E-Quality”, which is given by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). “E-Quality” is determined by a school’s service and accomplishments in the field of student exchanges. The Viadrina won first place among state schools nationwide for student mobility: 52% of Viadrina spend academic time abroad. While the percentage of outgoing Viadrina students choosing the most popular host countries, Spain (20%) and France (18%), is the same as at other German universities, the high percentage of students studying in Turkey (10%) and in Poland (9%) breaks notably from national trends. The almost 20% of outgoing students who choose universities in Eastern Europe is a distinguishing feature of the Viadrina.

Programme Structure

Category 1: Compulsory core modules

  • General introduction
  • Civil and political rights
  • Economic, social and cultural rights
  • Prohibition of discrimination
  • Women’s and children’s rights
  • Rights of minorities and indigenous peoples
  • Refugees, internally displaced persons and migration
  • Individual (criminal) responsibility and state responsibility

Category 2: Elective modules (theory and skills)

  • Justice and (criminal) penalties and enforcement
  • Democracy, rule of law and administration
  • Global economy, employment and working conditions
  • Media and science
  • Conflict prevention/management
  • Fulfilment and enforcement
  • Representation of interests
  • Research and training

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 18 months
  • Credits
    90 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

a university degree in law or an equivalent qualification
  • a certified copy of the degree(s) in German, English or French must be submitted with the application form
a high level of motivation to participate in the programme
    • a statement of motivation must be provided within the application form
    the support of two independent referees from two different institutions or organisations
    • confidential references must be provided on the form available from the website (see under Applications)

    Work Experience

    At least 1 year(s) of work experience are required.

    • this must be demonstrated by submission of an appropriate certificate or other confirmation of a relevant employer or organisation
    • exemptions from this requirement may be granted by the Examinations Committee

    Tuition Fee

    • International Applies to you

      3833.3333333333 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 5750 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 18 months.
    • EU/EEA Applies to you

      3566.6666666667 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 5350 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 18 months.
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    Living costs for Frankfurt (Oder)

    • 630 - 1000 EUR/month
      Living Costs

    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


    Scholarships, stipends or other forms of financial assistance may be available from external sources. Applicants in financial need are therefore very strongly advised to make their own efforts and enquiries (especially with relevant public institutions, NGOs, foundations and large private institutions in their own country). The Viadrina is willing to assist applicants to obtain financial support from external sources where it is able to do so, either by providing suggestions or through a letter of support confirming admission to the program.

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