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Vienna Master of Arts in Human Rights

“Being a human rights expert is one of the most fascinating new professions for people with various backgrounds. You need to have an open mind, motivation and empathy, and we provide you with the knowledge and skills you require to work in the challenging world of universal human rights.”

Manfred Nowak, Professor of International Law and Human Rights at Vienna University, Co-Director of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights and former UN Special Rapporteur on Torture


No philosophical idea has had a more profound impact on international relations and world politics than human rights. Within half a century since World War II and the Holocaust, human rights developed into the only universally accepted value system of our times.

The recognition of states as democratic, developed and peace-loving nations today depends on their capacity and willingness to protect human rights. Long-term dictators and brutal military rulers are increasingly being ousted and held accountable for gross and systematic violations of human rights before international criminal tribunals.

Even business corporations and international organisations are judged by their human rights performance. In post-conflict situations and transitions from totalitarian to democratic rule, human rights constitute an essential element of peace-building, development and good governance. Human rights open the doors to a better world for all.

The implementation of human rights in rich and poor countries, in peace operations, development projects, transition and post-conflict situations requires highly motivated and skilled human rights experts with empathy for human beings.

With our newly designed Master of Arts in Human Rights the University of Vienna offers you the unique opportunity to study human rights in an international, trans-disciplinary and practice-oriented environment.



CONGRATULATIONS! Our Academic Coordinator Marijana Grandits has been awarded the Bruno Kreisky Price for Services to Human Rights. Click here to read more.

Our Scientific Director Manfred Nowak received the Otto Hahn Peace Medal in Gold for 2014 for his outstanding services to peace and international understanding. Congratulations! Click here to read more.

The University of Oslo’s Human Rights Award for 2013 – Lisl and Leo Eitinger’s Fund – has been awarded to our Scientific Director Manfred Nowak. Congratulations! Click here to read more.

Regularly check our facebook page for job postings in the human rights field.

Field trip to Kosovo from 15-22 January 2013. Student reports. Click here to read more.

Info-Clip: Scientific Director Manfred Nowak, speaks about the Vienna Master of Arts in Human Rights at the University of Vienna. Click here to watch the full video.






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How to find us

Scientific Director

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Manfred Nowak, LL.M.
Faculty of Law
T +43 1 4277 353 10
F +43 1 4277 35321

Academic Coordinator

Mag. Marijana Grandits

Program Management

Georges Younes, M.Sc.
Postgraduate Center
T +43 1 4277 10 828
F +43 1 4277 35 321

Programme Assistance

Mag. (FH) Sabine Mann
Programme Assistant
T +43 1 4277 10 828
F +43 1 4277 35 321

Mag. Iris Stöckl
Assistant Coordinator



Program Management

Tina Hofstaetter, E.MA
Postgraduate Center
(currently on leave)


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