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2007-2008 Academic Catalog 
2007-2008 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

International Human Rights Law (M.A.)

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International Human Rights Law considers protection of the individual as developed through organs of the United Nations, other international institutions, and at regional and domestic levels in the North and in the South.  The program seeks to give students a thorough grounding in the theoretical underpinnings of human rights law and in the methods of solid multidisciplinary research that are required for investigating legal issues pertaining to human rights. It is intended for those presently working, or desiring to work, in humanitarian organizations, in government departments and agencies concerned with humanitarian issues, or in other public, private and international sectors where there is increasingly a need for persons who have an understanding of the law and legal consequences of human rights within an international framework.

It is possible to work towards the MA in International Human Rights Law and the Diploma in Forced Migration and Refugee Studies (FMRS) simultaneously or sequentially, and to cross count 4 courses (12 credits) with the advice and consent of the department for a total of eleven courses (see Dual Graduate Degrees under Academic Requirements and Regulations section).


The applicant for admission to the MA program should have an acceptable bachelor’s degree in law, political science or a closely related social science (preferably with a minor in political science or law studies), and an overall grade of gayyid giddan or a grade point average of 3.0. Applicants with deficiencies in their preparation may be required to take appropriate courses at the undergraduate level. Admitted degree candidates should normally start their course sequence in the fall semester.

Course Requirements

The International Human Rights Law  MA degree requires a total of 27 credits hours.


The remaining five courses are electives, three of which have to be IHRL courses.

Thesis Requirements

Prerequisite: Permission of the department

The research requirement for the M.A. in International Human Rights Law is satisfied by writing a thesis of sufficient depth and length for the topic addressed therein and prepared under the supervision of a faculty member of the department. Students are required to register for the followng courses while fulfilling their thesis requirement. To register for the thesis, students normally are expected to have finished all or almost all coursework.

Degree Time Framework

Fulfilling the M.A. in International Human Rights Law normally calls for two years of study.

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