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Human Rights Master (postgraduate program of the University of Vienna)

The one-year (60 ECTS) postgraduate program "Human Rights" of the University of Vienna has a clear jurisprudential profile. It is, though, not confined to teaching abstract legal questions but will also convey practical skills that are necessary for working in the field of human rights. Based on the academic excellence of the University of Vienna and on the high reputation of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Fundamental and Human Rights for doing applied research, the program can best be described with: "Where Science Meets Practice!" The new program is developed under the scientific leadership of Prof. Fremuth, which is planned to start in October 2021.

The master’s program addresses the multi-layered field of human rights and reflects the different relevant legal frameworks as well as the corresponding protection mechanisms. Topics covered by the program will be, i.a., legal human rights know-how including theoretical foundations of international human rights protection, methodology, as well as necessary competences for people working in a human rights-related environment. For non-lawyers, an introduction to legal studies will be provided. To combine theoretical knowledge with practical abilities, the opportunity to participate in a trial simulation (‘moot court’) will be offered.

Target group

The postgraduate program is aimed at law graduates (for the LL.M. program) and graduates from other disciplines, for example from the humanities and social sciences, who wish to specialize in human rights (for the MLS program). Its format is designed to enable persons already employed, for example in national administrations, academia, the education sector, NGOs and civil society, as well as the private sector (corporate lawyers, attorneys, legal trainees, consultants), to participate. Graduates of this master program will have acquired in-depth theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the field of fundamental and human rights. They will be able to assess current challenges to human rights protection and to develop strategies within the human rights protection framework.

Qualification profile

Students of this master’s program will acquire in-depth theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the field of fundamental and human rights. They will be able to assess current challenges to human rights protection and to develop strategies within the human rights protection framework. Graduates will be able to make use of their skills and knowledge in a broad variety of contexts, ranging from private business to public service as well as academia. By participating in a "moot  court", participants will gain practical experience enabling them to solve human rights problems with legal knowledge as well as strengthen their skills in a court-like, competitive simulation.

Find more information on the post graduate program "Human Rights" here. 

Contact Michael Lysander Fremuth.