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Public International Law and Human Rights

Degree awarded: LL.M in Public International Law and Human Rights

Programme duration: 1 year

Study language: English

Official length of the programme in credits: 60 ECTS (40 Latvian credits)

If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact Director of Masters Programmes
Waleed Gumaa
(in English):



The programme is aimed at students interested in working with international public law issues, including human rights, in a national or international environment. It offers in-depth studies in fundamental issues of public international law and human rights law, the interaction between the two areas of law, and in their current trends of development.

Courses cover the following themes:

  • theory and development of international public law and human rights law
  • international humanitarian law and conflict resolution
  • business and human rights

A 60 ECTS (40 Latvian credits), one year academic programme is available to individuals with bachelor or masters degree in law or related fields, if basic knowledge in law or corresponding work experience is acquired, obtained in at least four years long studies; second level professional higher education, professional bachelor or masters degree in law or other related fields, if basic knowledge in law or corresponding work experience is acquired.

Accepted proof of English language proficiency: IELTS 6+, TOEFL IBT 80+ or TOEFL paper based test 550+
If you have not passed TOEFL or IELTS and you cannot manage to do that by application deadline, do not worry! You can arrange an interview with Waleed Gumaa (waleed.gumaa@rgsl.edu.lv) to test your English proficiency!

Programme Structure

The one year master’s programme consists of 30 ECTS (20 Latvian credits) of theoretical study with an interaction between law and other disciplines emphasised within each course track and 30 ECTS (20 Latvian credits) devoted to thesis writing. Following successful completion, students are awarded a master’s degree (LL.M) in Public International Law and Human Rights.

Civil Society Leadership Awards are available for applicants to this programme.

Courses Offered

Students have to complete 6 mandatory courses and 2 optional courses chosen either from the tracks of International Public Law and Human Rights,  European Union Law and Policy or Transborder Commercial Law and defend their master thesis at the end of the programme.

Mandatory courses on offer:

  • International Law
  • International Humanitarian Law and Responsibility
  • International Adjudication
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Litigation at the European Court of Human Rights
  • Human Rights and Business

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