European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (ODER) - Faculty of Law

Introduction

Your University. Viadrina.

The Viadrina is situated at the heart of Europe – internationality is its trademark. Its students and instructors hail from over 80 countries. It should come as no surprise that students have the opportunity to take foreign language courses at the university’s language center and study or complete internships abroad.

This is where Europe begins.

Our 6.000 international students from 85 countries study law, economics and culture

Since the reopening of the Viadrina in 1991, the European University has developed into an internationally renowned address on the German-Polish border, with approximately 6,000 students now enrolled.

European and international aspects of law, economics and culture play a special roll in degree plans offered by our faculties of Law, Business Administration and Economics and Cultural Sciences.

One Programm, two Degrees.

We offer international double degrees.

One may complete about 20 different international double degrees at the Bachelor or Master level at the Viadrina. A good example of this is the Master of European Studies program, designed and maintained by all three Viadrina faculties, which may also be completed with a German-Polish or German-French double degree.

Good Guidance means great Success.

We offer small class sizes and personalized service.

The learning environment at the Viadrina is excellent, and features small class sizes, direct contact with academic staff, personalized student services, internship opportunities and career planning assistance. The Viadrina provides an atmosphere where students can prepare for their exams in peace, graduate in a timely manner and prepare for their entry into professional life.

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Master of International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

The Master’s program is conducted at the Viadrina European University, founded in 1991. As such, it continues the fine tradition of the first State University of Brandenburg (Alma Mater Viadrina, 1506 - 1811).

The University comprises three Faculties, the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Economics and the Faculty of Cultural Studies, in addition to affiliated Centres and Institutes. In close cooperation with the University of Poznan it also co-conducts the Collegium Polonicum in the sister city of Frankfurt (Oder), Słubice, located in Poland directly across the River Oder from the Viadrina.

In co-operation with Polish and other affiliated European universities the Viadrina especially endeavours to face the challenge of a newly open and expanded Europe building a bridge between Eastern and Western Europe. As well the University has numerous other international partner institutions around the world.

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LLM - Master of International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

Campus Full time Part time 3 semesters April 2017 Germany Frankfurt (Oder) + 1 more

The Master’s program prepares graduates for taking up career opportunities in policy making, international, public and governmental service, public and private legal practice, work for non-governmental organisations, and academic teaching and research. [+]

This postgraduate program provides advanced study of the international protection of fundamental human rights. The curriculum integrates general human rights protection in times of peace and war with the special protection of basic rights in situations of armed conflict (under international humanitarian law). Such an approach is especially important as the boundary between war and peace becomes increasingly blurred. Such a blurring of the boundary is the result from many different circumstances including: the rise of terrorism, the diversity in its cause and nature and wide scope of possible reactions to it; the often unclear boundary between situations of civil war, external aggression, guerrilla action and even domestic policing; the reliance on both official (Security Council-sanctioned) and unofficial (sometimes invited) peace-keeping forces in a broad range of conflict situations. Confusion in drawing a clear line may even emerge from humanitarian military intervention in the name of the defence of human rights itself. Responses to various forms of civil unrest (often itself provoked by alleged breaches of human rights) or states of emergency (whether of political or natural origin) including, for example, the establishment of a state of martial law, or merely reliance upon domestic or even foreign military forces to assert control or provide assistance expands the range of situations which are difficult to categorise. Beyond this, national intelligence services may conduct operations (whether at home or abroad) with (quasi-)military character but which formally, not invoke the regulatory framework of humanitarian law. Reliance on mercenary forces and other forms of military outsourcing in diverse contexts of belligerency expands this list even further. All these examples show that a rigid and dogmatic attempt to identify situations where international humanitarian law does or does not apply and thus how it interacts with the generally applicable regime of human rights protection is at least problematic and may even be counterproductive. This program of study therefore embraces the full range of international law responses to human rights challenges and of the measures and systems for the protection of the individual in the most diverse political, social, economic, geographical and military situations. The teaching faculty for the degree program consists of highly qualified human rights teachers and experts from many different countries and varied academic traditions. Students of the Master of International Human Rights Law and International Humanitarian Law (LLM) program are selected on a competitive basis considering their grades in previous courses, their practical experience and their motivation for enrolling in the program. The language of instruction is English. This advanced degree provides a suitable basis for a career in international human rights, whether in international organizations on universal or regional level, national governmental institutions or non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The Master’s course contains a significant practical component aimed at providing a bridge between academic study of human rights and later professional activity, thus allowing flexible and wide career choice. The international spread and experience of the teaching staff and their contacts to many institutions internationally provide a secure base for diverse human rights internship and career opportunities. Aim of the program The Master’s program prepares graduates for taking up career opportunities in policy making, international, public and governmental service, public and private legal practice, work for non-governmental organisations, and academic teaching and research. The special character of the program lies in its integration of the protection of human rights generally with rights protection in diverse situations of armed conflict. Thus many aspects of the program are directed specifically to providing understanding and insight into the links between tradition international human rights law and international humanitarian law. As well, the program aims not only to provide a solid theoretical understanding of the issues, principles, structures, substantive law and institutions relevant to this topic but also to aid students in acquiring reliable practical skills in the application of their theoretical knowledge. Particular importance is placed on the development and promotion of the following: comprehensive knowledge of the system of protection of the individual spanning both the international law of peace and the international law of armed conflict, including the philosophical, political and historical foundations of that system; in-depth knowledge of legally binding international rights and guarantees and their protection and enforcement under various legal remedial regimes; practical skills in applying international standards of protection in specific circumstances, in particular in international court proceedings and other institutional procedures, the investigation of facts, or conflict resolution; skills and procedures in undertaking academic investigation and research including the preparation of reports; intercultural communication and transfer of knowledge, particularly in relation to (but not limited to) the countries of central, eastern and south-eastern Europe. Outline: 1.5 year (3 Semester) LLM English-language program integrated coverage of international human rights and humanitarian law providing in-depth understanding of individual protection as the basis of democratic, stable and just governance in peacetime and during armed conflict responds to important developments in international politics, security, terrorism, armed conflict and peace-keeping a comprehensive curriculum gives attention to academic abilities including research and reporting and to practical skills especially through internships in international and national organisations international teaching faculty of human rights and humanitarian law experts small group study in an internationally diverse student body prepares for a big range of international and national careers distance learning with 8 weeks of lectures/seminars (presence learning) in Frankfurt (Oder) in first and second semester admission open to graduates in law or equivalent scholarships may be available from the DAAD graduate study at a top German university located at Frankfurt (Oder) in the centre of Europe at the German-Polish border, near Berlin, the German capital Diploma and Certificate qualifications are also available for shorter periods of coursework study. Scholarships and financial assistance Scholarships, stipends or other forms of financial assistance may be available from external sources. Applicants in financial need are therefore very strongly advised to make their own efforts and enquiries (especially with relevant public institutions, NGOs, foundations and large private institutions in their own country). The Viadrina is willing to assist applicants to obtain financial support from external sources where it is able to do so, either by providing suggestions or through a letter of support confirming admission to the program. [-]

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Frankfurt (Oder), Brandenburg, 15230 DE