Master's degree in international humanitarian law, human rights and operational law


Program Description

First official Master's Degree in Spain that trains the student in Operational Law, combined with the other two rights that are used in the management of armed conflicts: international law and humanitarian law.

The Master's Degree in International Humanitarian Law, Human Rights and Operational Law is the first official program in Spain that trains students in Operational Law, combined with the other two rights that are used in the management of armed conflicts: international law humanitarian and human rights.

It is an official title, valid throughout the entire European educational space and allows access to doctoral programs.

Currently more than 25 armed conflicts are active in the world, and it is estimated that more than 400,000 children are participating as child soldiers, according to UNICEF. Experts in operational law, international humanitarian law and human rights are needed.

Student Profile

New professional exit for graduates in law, security or military disciplines, seeking a greater specialization in the area of ​​International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights.

Graduate profile

A professional knowledgeable of theoretical, legal, political and cultural practices and elements related to international human rights law.

The graduate must be able to develop - in terms of Human Rights - in different social practices: from teaching to the exercise of politics and the judiciary, going through those related to the planning, formulation and execution of public policies, consultancies, the consultancies and the exercise of the profession.

The Master's Degree in International Humanitarian Law, Human Rights and Operational Law promotes social sensitivity in all its graduates, citizen culture and the awareness that the best legitimacy of all democracy lies in the guarantee and protection of Human Rights and Law. International.

Professional Outputs of the Program

  • Officials of international organizations linked to the areas of human rights.
  • NGO workers in the field of human rights, humanitarian aid or development cooperation, as well as advisory work to them.
  • Jurists who perform their professional work in transitional justice.
  • National public function at all levels (state, autonomous and local), in international cooperation for development, in addition to the promotion of development and social integration in our own societies.
  • Journalism professionals who wish to specialize in these subjects.
  • Advice to companies in corporate social responsibility.
  • Research and teaching in human rights, peace and sustainable development.

Modality of the Program


The teaching system will be developed entirely through the Virtual Campus, accessible from the Internet through the teleformation computer platform currently in use at the University.

At the beginning of the course, the student is given, via online (email and downloadable material from the web), the general documentation of the Master that will include:

  • Joint information for all subjects
  • General agenda
  • List of teachers
  • General teaching methodology
  • Description of the type of documents that are published
  • Basic contact information, telephone numbers, e-mail addresses, telephone service hours, etc.

Along with this general documentation and also electronically, the student will be provided with a didactic guide for each subject, which includes:

  • Detailed program of the subject and the competences that the student will achieve at its conclusion.
  • Detail of the set of training activities, work to be delivered, evaluation criteria in ordinary and extraordinary calls, bibliography and recommended links.
  • Location and detailed mechanisms of tele-tutoring with the teacher
  • Dates of exams, dates of delivery of works
  • Any other information and guidance necessary for the follow-up of the subject.

This material will be accessible at all times through the Virtual Campus, whose main page contains all the subjects in which the student is enrolled, organized by semester.


Each subject is coordinated by a tutor, responsible for setting the training itineraries and providing students, through the Virtual Campus, all the necessary material to take the course.

The Virtual Campus of each subject is structured around a structure of folders for communication, documentation, notices, etc. own educational e-learning projects. The platform also offers a series of fundamental tools for online learning such as forums, videoconferencing, the delivery of papers or repositories of documents for the dissemination of notes among students. Additionally, it incorporates tools such as surveys or exercises that allow students to interact with each other by checking their progress in the subject.

The teaching of the subjects is structured on training itineraries that are sequences of learning programmed by the tutor according to the contents of the subject, dividing it into modules (chapters) and stages. In the training itinerary not only documents are included, but you can include any of the tools offered by the Virtual Campus platform, so that the elements of the itinerary can be exercises, group work, participation in forums, surveys or any other element of the campus.

The tutor controls the progress of the students, knowing at all times what documents they have read and how much time they have devoted to it, being able to establish for example mandatory milestones, so that if the student has not passed a test he can not access the rest of the formative itinerary.

In addition to the material available on campus, group tutoring will be scheduled on a regular basis and on previously set days, made through videoconferencing and teleseminar systems. Teachers are permanently accessible by email with a maximum delay of 48 hours. They will also be available for telephone assistance at times and days previously set for each subject.

Formation activities

The publication of documentation is distributed throughout the course, in several deliveries corresponding to the different modules and stages of learning, so that the student assimilates gradually the subject matter. Each of these didactic material publications will be composed of different types of documents:

  • Theoretical contents of the subject. Each didactic unit (module or stage) explains a complete subject of the subject. Its content, of wide extension and depth, includes complementary information on concepts, definitions, bibliography and web links of interest.
  • Tests and follow-up tests. Your results will be published on the platform
  • Exercises and proposed works that the student must make and deliver to the teacher by telematic means and that this will correct and evaluate. The works deal with the contents of the subject and its application to problems, examples and practical cases.

In each publication of documentation, the tutor will inform the students of the deadline for delivery of each of the exercises and proposed works, which will normally be three or four weeks after the publication of the corresponding contents.


Assessment system by subjects:

Although the evaluation system may vary depending on the particular characteristics of each subject, in general, the evaluation system is structured around the following elements:

  • Participation in forums and other activities programmed through the virtual campus.
  • Follow-up tests.
  • Practical tests or evaluation works.
  • Final in-person test or project (not in person).

The final tests of each subject can consist of both an exam and the presentation of a project delivered by telematic means.

In the final grade of the subject, the grade of said final test is weighted with the rest of the assessment elements as indicated in the Teaching Guide of each subject.

The concrete percentages of weighting in each subject are included in the documentation delivered to the student at the beginning of the course.

All grades will be accessible through the Internet, in the private area of ​​the student.

Final Master's work evaluation system:

The Final Master's project, consisting in the realization of a digital marketing plan that must be defended in a telepresential way before a Court.

Said Tribunal will be made up of Masters professors and relevant professionals of the sector.

The reading and defense of the Final Master's thesis will take place in July or September, depending on the period of completion of the internship and can only be done once the rest of the subjects of the Plan of Studies have been approved.

The evaluation will take into account both individual work, embodied in the written and audiovisual document containing the proposal (80% of the final grade), and the oral presentation before the Court (20% of the final grade).

Last updated Dec 2017

About the School

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