The goal of the program is to shape internationally renowned legal experts who are ready to take challenges on a global scale and confident to handle complex issues in the international regulatory environment with a high level of confidence.
Human Rights have become a significant part of the legal order of the European Union, accompanied by an ever-growing social need for better protection. Internationally agreed on human rights principles and standards now also increasingly influence economic policy formation.
Constantly ranked in the top tier of Law Schools in Central-Europe, the Faculty of Law, ELTE launches a program in European Human Rights to bring together leading scholars, lawyers and policymakers. Starting from 2016 September, our European Human Rights program focuses on complex and creative problem-solving in the field of human rights law and wishes to enable students to take new approaches in human rights litigation on various European fora.
Globalization has prompted interest in deepening understanding of the relationship between human rights and traditional areas of law. Important efforts have already been made by various international organizations to disentangle the links between ethics, human rights, development, and economics.
Human rights advocates can bring a rights-based approach not only to strive for higher-level protection but also to bring about better economic and developmental results, thereby instrumentalizing human rights values and concepts.
Strength of program
We provide a vibrant, international environment where participants work under the supervision of internationally recognized experts. After graduation, they will be able to confidently deliver legal solutions to multifaceted human rights issues or create tailor-made prevention tools to avoid human rights abuses.
Our leading scholars seek to foster an encouraging learning environment to support legal professionals who are frequently facing new challenges.
The work schedule of the program is part-time: correspondence program. (Classes are held every second Friday and Saturday)
Human Rights Protection - General Overview and Critical Approaches
The Operational Mechanisms of the European Union and its Importance for Human Rights Protection
English Legal Writing
Fundamental Human Rights in the European Union and the procedure of the European Court of Human Rights
Overview of the European Convention on Human Rights and The Institutional System and Practice of the European Social Charter
Human Rights Instruments of the Council of Europe and their enforcement mechanisms
Comparative Analysis of the National Constitutional Mechanisms of Human Rights Protection
Sociology of Human Rights
Citizens’ Rights in the European Union and the European Convention on Human Rights
The Right to Property and Related Economic Rights; Labour Rights as Human Rights
The prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment; European Criminal Law
Freedom of Religion and the Status of Churches in Europe
Communicative Freedoms in the European Union and in the European Convention of Human Rights; Privacy Protection in the EU and Council of Europe
International and European Refugee Law and Minority
Equal Treatment and the Prohibition of Discrimination
Right to Justice; Human Rights and the Sociology of Jurisdiction
The Right to Liberty and Security
Human Rights and Private Law relations
The Right to Peace
Environmental Protection in the European Union
Business and Human Rights
Optional lecture (Transitional Justice)
Our distinguished program prepares students for outstanding careers in human rights litigation practices, government, academia, business, public policy, international and local NGOs.
Students who successfully graduated from the program will be entitled to use an LL.M. title according to the regulations of Act on National Tertiary Education of Hungary. (Act No CCIV of 2011).
Lawyer specialized in human rights
A legal expert on human rights
Applicants have to be in the possession of a Master level legal degree as this is a second master program.
A minimum level of language proficiency (oral) (A1-C2): B2
A minimum level of language proficiency (written) (A1-C2): B2
The required level of English language knowledge is minimum B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
Documents to submit with the application
Online application form
Master-level degreeAn official English version/translation of the law diploma (Degree accepted for admission: legal master degree or a legal degree equal to a legal master degree)
Motivation letter (In English)
Language certificate (Minimum B2 level English language certificate)
The application starts in the online application system. Students need to register in the system, fill in the online application form, upload the required documents and follow the instructions during the application process.
There is no entrance exam, decisions are made upon the provided documents.
Materials sent by postal mail, electronic mail or fax are not considered. The Faculty of Law does not return application documents or provide copies thereof under any circumstances.
The decisions are made by the Admission Committee of the Faculty within a month after the application deadline.
All applicants are notified in written form about the outcome of their applications.