Curriculum and Modules

The master program "Human Rights" has a scope of 60 ECTS. There are five modules, a master's thesis and a defense. You can find the curriculum and modules of the MLS program here below.


Curriculum of the MLS-Program (Englisch translation of the Curriculum (MLS))

MODULE 1: Introduction to Legal Studies for Non-Lawyers
(8 ECTS)

  • Introduction to Legal Studies for Non-Lawyers
  • Introduction to Legal Studies for Non-Lawyers - Application and Exercises


MODULE 2: Human Rights - General Theory and Legal Approaches
(10 ECTS)

  • Definition, History, Justification and Dimensions of Human Rights
  • Human Rights and the Law, Legal Sources, Methodology and Interpretation
  • Human Rights: Monitoring and Enforcement Mechanisms
  • Assessing Human Rights Violations, Filing Human Rights Complaints and Strategic Litigation


MODULE 3:  Human Rights as a Multi-Level Approach (Human Rights Systems)
(8 ECTS)

  • The Nation-State as Basic Unit for the Protection of Human Rights and the Principle of Subsidiarity
  • UN Human Rights Systems and Mechanisms
  • Regional Human Rights Systems


MODULE 4:  Specific Human Rights and Special Human Rights Challenges
(10 ECTS)

  • Human Rights Generations and Dimensions
  • Persons in Vulnerable Situations, Equality and Diversity
  • New Challenges for Human Rights


MODULE 5:  Practical Aspects of Human Rights
(7 ECTS)

  • Human Rights Practice, Approaches and Human Rights Education
  • Human Rights in an Organizational Context, Monitoring and Advocacy
  • Human Rights Litigation, Legal Mediation and Advice


(15 ECTS)

(2 ECTS)