LLM in in Human Rights and International Law


Program Description

Why LL.M. in Human Rights & International Law?

  • Study with top legal experts in the fields of human rights and international law.
  • Further your legal education with a focus on globalization and its impact.
  • Position yourself for a highly specialized career in law, government, or academia.
  • Develop the practical and academic skills valued in today’s global economy.


The LL.M. in Human Rights and International Law is offered through Hebrew University’s Rothberg International School (RIS) in partnership with the Faculty of Law, long considered the most prestigious law school in the country. This program is geared toward students who have completed a law degree and are interested in careers in law, academia, and governmental and non-governmental sectors. As a participant in this program, you will learn from experts about how to create and implement human rights and international law.



In this program, you will study recent trends in the fields of human rights and international law, with a specific focus on globalization and the increasing interconnectedness of our world.


The program spans two consecutive semesters, from October through July.


The LL.M. in Human Rights and International Law consists of 32 credits.


Provided as an example only and subject to change:

Introductory Courses (required) 

  • Israel and International Law
  • Introduction to the Law of Israel

Core Courses (at least four required)

  • International Human Rights Law
  • Terrorism, Counter-Terrorism, and Human Rights
  • International Humanitarian Law: Contemporary Challenges, Contemporary Conflicts
  • The Law of the United Nations
  • Human Dignity in Comparative Perspective
  • International Criminal Law

Workshops (at least two required)

  • International Law
  • Public Law and Human Rights
  • Transitional Justice Colloquium: International, Comparative, and Regional Perspectives

Seminars (at least two required)

  • Human Rights and Democracy
  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Law’s Empire: Colonialism, Culture, and Law
  • Narratives of Justice: Law and Literature
  • The History of Public International Law
  • The Role of International Law in Resolving the Middle-East Conflict

Elective courses

You can choose from more than 10 additional courses on human rights and transitional justice, and you have the option to complete an LL.M. thesis.


You have the option to write a thesis. If you wish to do so, you will follow one of the plans outlined here:

  • a) Write and complete the thesis during your year of studies. You will then be able to close your degree with the thesis. There is no additional cost for writing a thesis. You have until the end of the calendar year to complete it.
  • b) After completing your year of study, you keep your degree open. You then have an additional year after your studies to complete the thesis and are required to pay 10% of tuition (US$ 1,600). If you have finished your thesis after the year is complete, you will receive an LL.M. degree with a thesis.
  • c) You may close your degree after completing the program course requirements. You will then receive an LL.M. degree. If you wish, you may write the thesis with no time limitation. You are then required to pay 20% of the tuition (US$ 3,200) for every year that you spend writing your thesis. The thesis distinction will then be added to your degree after completion.


Geared towards law graduates interested in specializing in the fields of human rights and international law, this program is designed to help you advance your career in law or begin a career in government, non-governmental organizations, or academia.

Student Life

“For me, living in the holy city with Palestinian and Israeli friends all around, I truly had lessons of the complex reality of that land.” Haotan Wu of China, M.A. in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (2016)


To be eligible for acceptance, you must have the following:

  • LL.B. or J.D. degree from an accredited institution of higher education recognized by HebrewU; note that applicants with degrees from France must have the M1 in addition to an LL.B.
  • Minimum B average (85/100 or equivalent)
  • Demonstrated knowledge of English

In addition to your online application, you will be required to submit the following documents:

  1. Academic Records: A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education with a B average (85/100 or equivalent) or above. Applicants must submit transcripts and diplomas from all prior academic degrees.*
  2. Proof of English Proficiency: A TOEFL exam score of 89 or above, IELTS exam score of 7 or above, Amir exam score of 220 or above, or Amiram exam score of 120 or above. **
  3. CV and Statement of Purpose
  4. One Academic Recommendation
  5. An Academic Paper in English (maybe a final paper submitted for a university course or sample of your legal writing).
  6. Photocopy of your Passport ID page
  7. Medical Form and Disclaimer Form (US citizens only)- both forms may be downloaded from the application website.

* Students who submit scanned copies of their academic records may be accepted to the program conditionally, pending submission of original academic records.

** If you have completed a degree at a university at which English is the sole language of instruction, or if you have completed a degree in English Language and Literature, you can request an exemption. You must submit documentation from your university verifying English as the language of instruction. The exemption is not automatic and is determined on a case-by-case basis.

Last updated Oct 2020

About the School

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The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is consistently ranked as the top university in Israel and among the top 100, worldwide. In addition, The University was ranked the top Israeli university and 201-205 best out of the top 800 institutions in the 2016-17 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, published by the British magazine Times Higher Education. HUJI was the only Israeli university to place in the world’s top 200 universities in the rankings. Read less