LLM in International Human Rights Law


Program Description

Can a church be attacked if a sniper hid in the tower during an armed conflict? Having the Polish nationality, being tortured in a Thai prison, what rights do you have? Can you invoke them and how?

In this program, you will be trained in human rights at the international level, but also in international humanitarian law and other related fields of (international) law. You will learn about the different systems and how human rights are interpreted within these systems and in different countries.

Why study this program in Groningen?

This program offers a broad approach to human rights. It is, therefore, a specialization in the broadest sense: it covers all aspects of and surrounding human rights. This will provide students with a context in which human rights function.


Year 1

Students will have to participate in four compulsory courses and the compulsory seminar for this program plus two optional compulsory courses. Like all masters, this program is also concluded by writing a Master's thesis, worth 18 ECTS.


  • International Human Rights Law (6 EC)
  • International Institutional Law (6 EC)
  • Seminar Human Rights (6 EC)
  • International Criminal Tribunals and Courts (6 EC)
  • International Health Law (6 EC)
  • International Humanitarian Law (6 EC, optional)
  • Refugee and Asylum Law (6 EC, optional)
  • Master's thesis (18 EC)
  • European Human Rights Law (6 EC, optional)
  • International Crimes (6 EC, optional)

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional

Entry requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirements More information
grade average On top of providing the Admissions Board with transcripts and diplomas, students should have an equivalent minimum GPA (Grade Point Average) of 7/10 (Dutch grading scale).
knowledge minimum Basic knowledge of public international law, on a similar level as the course Public International Law, including some elementary human rights law and elementary knowledge of European Law
language test

Native speakers of English may request an exemption from providing proof of proficiency. Otherwise, you will need to provide proof of English language proficiency:

  • TOEFL: 100 (all sections need to be at least 21; the writing section needs to be at least 23)
  • IELTS: 7 (all sections need to be at least 6.0; the writing section needs to be at least 6.5)
  • Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE, Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English);
  • Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE, Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English)
  • Applicants who are taking/have completed an English-taught bachelor program at a Dutch research university may be exempt from taking an English proficiency test.

The test scores cannot be older than two years.

previous education LLB or equivalent
reference letter Candidates must provide one letter of reference from an academic referee who has detailed knowledge of their academic records.
written request Applicants must send a motivation letter (max. 650 words). The letter should be written by the applicants themselves; it is not allowed to submit an (official) translation.
other admission requirements Curriculum vitae

Application deadlines

Type of student Deadline Start course
Dutch students 01 May 2021 01 September 2021
EU/EEA students 01 May 2021 01 September 2021
non-EU/EEA students 01 May 2021 01 September 2021

Tuition fees

Nationality Year Fee Program form
EU/EEA 2020-2021 € 2143 full-time
non-EU/EEA 2020-2021 € 15000 full-time

Job prospects

A (legal) career in doing human rights assignments in governmental institutions and ministries, intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, internationally operating enterprises, and academic institutions.


The faculty's research is carried out under the umbrella of the Groningen Centre for Law and Governance, in which all departments of the faculty are participating. Wherever possible teachers will use and involve this research in the courses that are being taught. Staff in the International Human Rights Law program are also active in the Global Health Law Groningen Research Centre.

Last updated Jun 2020

About the School

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The University of Groningen has a rich academic tradition dating back to 1614. From this tradition arose the first female student and the first female lecturer in the Netherlands, the first Dutch astronaut and the first president of the European Central Bank. Geographically, the University is rooted in the Northern part of the Netherlands, a region very close to its heart. Read less
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