Master in International Law and Human Rights

The Master in International Law and Human Rights offers students an in-depth review of the procedures and practice of international human rights bodies, at the global and UN level as well as at the regional level. Students will gain an understanding of the various judicial and non-judicial bodies that are at the frontline of questions of interpretation, the development of international human rights standards, and enforcement. In addition, students receive training in hands on skills in the realm of reporting, monitoring and evaluation of human rights. Finally, as the globalization of business and investment is increasing in force and speed, with important human rights implications, this specialization explores the interaction between economics and rights, asking critical questions about this process and potential solutions.

Courses Common to all UPEACE  Master Programmes

  • UPM 6001 UPEACE Foundation Course (3 Credits) UPeace Resident Faculty
  • UPM 6003 The United Nations System and UPMUNC (3 Credits) Miriam Estrada and Mayumi Yamada, and Ross Ryan (UPMUNC)
  • UPM 6002 Tools for Conflict Resolution and Transformation (3 Credits) Manish Thapa. 

Cross-listed courses to both ILHR & ILSD Programmes

  • DIL-6030 Foundation Course on Public International Law (3 credits) Juan Carlos Sainz-Borgo, Miriam Estrada and Mihir Kanade.
  • DIL-6059 Foundation Course on Human Rights Law (3 credits) Mihir Kanade and Miriam Estrada.
  • DIL-6085 International Law Related to Armed Conflict (3 credits) Héctor Olasolo, Miriam Estrada and Mihir Kanade.
  • DIL-6077 Transitional Justice and International Criminal Law (3 credits) Miriam Estrada.
  • DIL-6079 International Protection of Vulnerable Groups and Persons (3 credits) UNHCR Team, ILO Team and Mihir Kanade.  

Graduation Project

  • DIL-7100 Independent Studies Paper (8 Credits)
  • DIL-7400 Final Graduation Project Internship (8 Credits)
  • DIL-7500 Final Graduation Project Capstone Track (5 Credits)

Courses for the Master in International Law and Human Rights ILHR

  • DIL-6078 Universal & Regional Mechanisms for Human Rights Protection (3 credits) Pia Carazo, Frans Viljoen and Olger González.
  • DIL-6080 Human Rights Reporting, Monitoring, and Evaluation (3 credits) Jan Hessbruegge.
  • DIL-6043 Globalization and Human Rights (3 credits) Mihir Kanade.


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