American University offers two different human rights track - The hybrid LL.M. in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and the in-residence Human Rights Specialization in the International Legal Studies Program. Both programs address the need for specialized training in international human rights law in the United States and around the world today. The hybrid program, with both on-site (residential) and online components allows for a high-quality curriculum with a flexible and convenient format. Students in both programs interact with over 40 world-renowned experts, including human rights and humanitarian law experts coming from academia, international tribunals, civil society organizations, and international organizations.

Eliminating Boundaries of Language and Location

Join a dynamic program that utilizes the latest technology to provide legal education to Lawyers from around the globe. Currently, this program is the only one in the United States to offer a hybrid curriculum of its kind in a U.S. law school, offered in both English and Spanish. This unique program, with online and residential course components, will provide you with superb training and outstanding opportunities in international human rights and humanitarian law. The National Jurist highlighted our program in a recent article.

Our Faculty

Both online and residential components of this program will allow you to connect with an exceptional array of established individuals in the field of human rights and humanitarian law. Our faculty includes more than 40 world-renowned experts who teach every year in the Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law.This is a great opportunity to interact with notable faculty members composed of international NGO members, international tribunal judges, members of regional international organisms, UN special rapporteurs, distinguished WCL faculty and international faculty and members of UN treaty bodies.

In addition to the substantive knowledge they transmit to our students, they are essential professional contacts for future work-related opportunities for the graduates of our program. The time spent in close contact with such experts, during the residential part of the program will most certainly guarantee success for future networking.


Residential Courses

The residential component of the LL.M. is designed to take advantage of the courses offered by the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law during its Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law that runs for three weeks during the summer semester. These are specialized courses taught by world-renowned experts in human rights and humanitarian law. Students in the LL.M. in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law Program are required to participate in two three-week summer sessions, with an obligation to take three two-credit courses each session.

  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
  • The Rights of Disadvantaged and Vulnerable Groups
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • Women and International Human Rights Law
  • Regional Systems: European and African Human Rights Law
  • Advanced International Humanitarian Law
  • International Justice For Human Rights Violations
  • United Nations Human Rights System
  • Human Rights and Development
  • Inter-American Human Rights System

Online Courses

The online component of the LL.M. is carried out through state of the art technology that allows participants from all over the world to connect creating a multicultural audience experience. This format opens the door for legal professionals around the world to obtain an LL.M. degree, gaining certification that holds global credibility. The virtual courses are composed of 2-hour live classes where students interact with classmates and participate in live discussions with professors.

Program taught in:
  • English
  • Spanish

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