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2014-2015 Academic Catalog 
2014-2015 Academic Catalog [Published Catalog]

International Human Rights Law (Graduate Diploma)

The Graduate Diploma in International Human Rights Law is intended for graduate students seeking to update their knowledge in human rights law and to acquire the intellectual tools to advance academically and professionally. The Graduate Diploma in Human Rights Law offers the possibility to explore in depth a range of topics in human rights and humanitarian law. With a flexible curriculum, students may shape their schedules to focus on the topics of their interest. The fulfillment of the requirements of the Graduate Diploma, normally calls for one year of study.


The applicant for admission to the IHRL diploma 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 legal studies) with a grade of gayyid giddan (very good) or a grade point average of 3.0. Applicants with deficiencies in their preparation may be required to take appropriate course at the undergraduate level. English language proficiency is required as per general AUC graduate admission requirements. Admitted degree candidates should normally start their course sequence in the fall semester. Students enrolled in the AUC English Language Institute must complete all ELI Courses and modules before being allowed to enroll in Law Classes. For these students, spring enrollment is allowed.

Following admission to the Diploma in International Human Rights Law, students may apply for admission to the MA degree in International Human Rights Law. As a minimum enabling condition, students need to achieve a B+ grade average at the end of their Diploma studies. The application may be submitted following fulfillment of the Diploma requirements. If the application is successful, credits earned during the Diploma will count towards the MA, given that the Diploma curriculum is identical with the curriculum of the first year of the MA program. Upon completion of the MA requirements the student will receive only the MA Degree and therefore not the Diploma.


The Graduate Diploma requires 18 credit hours.

There are four required courses:


The remaining two courses are electives. The Law Department’s approval is required for electives offered by other departments.

Degree Time Framework

Fulfilling the Graduate Diploma in International Human Rights Law normally calls for one year of study.