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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 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.

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.

The Vienna Master of Arts in Human Rights offers you a unique opportunity to study human rights in an international, trans-disciplinary and practice-oriented environment. We aim at providing you with the scientific knowledge and the practical skills to work in governments, international organisations, development agencies, business corporations, research institutes and civil society organisations. We seek to promote an academic and social environment that engages you in team building exercises, study trips and workshops while cultivating an open culture of communication. We will accompany you through this self-reflection experience and train you for a career as a human rights expert.


UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomes selection of our Scientific Director Manfred Nowak to lead New Global Study on Situation of Children in Detention Read more

Congradulations to our Graduates and Welcome Generation 5. Read more

Hermann and Marianne Straniak Full Scholarship 2016/18 has been awarded. Read more

"Fundamental Rights Agency Forum 2016” - Students and staff of the Vienna Master in Human Rights at the FRA forum together with 700 leading human rights experts from around the world. 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.

Application deadlines for the academic year 2017/18 will be announced soon.





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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

Program Manager

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

Program Coordinator

Mag. (FH) Sabine Mann
T +43 1 4277 25 103

Academic Coordinator

Mag. Marijana Grandits
T +43 1 4277 36 101

Assistant Coordinator

Anouk Siedler, M.A.

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