Master's programme in International Human Rights Law
As a student on our Master's programme you will be part of an international group of students, coming from all over the world. For more than a quarter of a century, the programme has been a collaborative venture by the Faculty of Law at Lund University and the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (RWI). This makes the education its provides unique; no other LL.M. programme in the world offers the joint resources of a prestigious law school and an implementation oriented human rights institution. The Master's programme offers the students a broad understanding of the complex system for the protection of human rights and the preconditions under which such rights function at an international, regional and national level. The programme explores a number of substantive areas of human rights law as well as the place of human rights in general public international law and in legal theory.
The advanced studies within this Mater's programme leads to a Master in International Human Rights Law. The programme is divided into four terms, each of them composed of courses of 30 credits in total. The full Master's programme represents two years of full time studies, equivalent to 120 credits.
The first term and the first period of the second term consists of mandatory Human Rights Law and International Law courses. During the second half of the second term, students can choose elective courses. During the first period of the third term, students will take a course in Humanitarian Law in addition to an elective course. The second period of the third term consists of a Procedural Law course equivalent to 15 credits. The fourth and final term i designated to the Master thesis of 30 credits.
Challenge your thinking
The LL.M. programme will hone your contextual awareness, scholarly approach, analytic clarity, and practical skills. Your class will bring together students from all over the world with a broad range of experiences, in an informal atmosphere open to critical, independent thinking.
Our LL.M. will equip you with the knowledge, networks, and skills you need in facing the challenges of your future profession, prepare you to participate fully in the wider scholarly research environment - and provide you with a competetive edge in many areas of legal practice.
Become part of our reputation!
The Master of Laws degree in International Human Rights Law in Lund was one of the first LL.M. programmes established specifically to provide academic knowledge and mastery of this increasingly complex area. Both the Faculty of Law at Lund University and the Raoul Wallenberg Institute are well-respected educational institutions, and our graduates benefit from the fact that the Master's programme at Lund is held in high esteem worldwide. It is fair to say that no other LL.M. programme is so well established among employers in the human rights sector.
The programme integrates a profound and theoretically ambitious study of international human rights problems with alertness to current practice. We regularly add outstanding international experts to the list of guest professors who contribute to the LL.M. programme. Among the guest professors can (inter alia) Kofi Annan, Shirin Ebadi and Jan Eliasson be mentioned.
Enhance your career
The Master of Laws degree in International Human Rights Law is designed to provide students with in-depth insightsinto the challeging normative system of human rights, and covers both theory and prictice alike. Based on world-leading research in the field, it will provide you with a solid basis for your career in academia or beyond.
For more than two decades, the programme has been a collaborative venture by the Faculty of Law at Lund University and the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (RWI). This makes the education it provides unique; no other LL.M. programme in the world offers joint resources of a prestigious law school and an implementation-orientated human rights institution.
Facts about the programme
Length: Two years
Credits: 120 credits
Degree: Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Human Rights Law
Tuition fee: 130.000 SEK per study year (for non-EU/EEA students)
Times Higher Education
Times Higher Education is one of the three leading international rankings of universities.
A recent Time Higher Education (THE) ranking has positioned the law field at Lund University in 2024 at the 1st place in Sweden, at the 1st place in the Nordic region, at the 7th place in the European Union and at the 38th place worldwide
The Raoul Wallenberg Institute
The Raoul Wallenberg Institute (RWI) is an independent academic actor for the promotion of human rights and humanitarian law by means of research, academic education and institutional development. The Institute was founded in Lund in 1984 and possesses a unique combination of theoretical knowledge and practical experience in its fields of activity. Besides traditional academic activities, the Institute implements extensive capacity development programmes internationally for the promotion of human rights standards, democratic values and the rule of law. From 1990 until today, these programmes have had the goal to support key institutions and functions that can effectively influence the domestic implementation of human rights.