International Law and Human Rights

University of Tartu

M.A. On Campus
24 months
3800 EUR/year
3800 EUR/year
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International Law and Human Rights is a 2-year master's programme providing comprehensive knowledge of the principles, regulations, subjects and practice in the field of international law and human rights.


Why study international law and human rights at the University of Tartu?
  • UT is ranked in the top 300 universities in the world in Law (QS Rankings 2019).
  • Studies take place in the capital of Estonia, Tallinn. Representatives from various Tallinn-based global and state organisations participate in the teaching process.
  • Graduates are well-prepared to work for international institutions such as the European Court of Human Rights, the Court of Justice of the European Union, or numerous organisations in the private sector. 
  • An internship is a compulsory part of the programme, and you can also take part in the annual Martens Summer School on International Law.
  • Alumni of UT School of Law form 87% of the attorneys-at-law, 95% of the prosecutors and nearly all judges in Estonia


Programme Structure

General Courses (48 ECTS)
  • Public International Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • History and Theory of International Law
  • International Settlement of Disputes
  • Law of International Institutions
  • Law and Practice of the United Nations
  • International Relations
  • Research Skills and Academic Writing
Elective Courses (30 ECTS)
  • International Criminal Law
  • International Law of the Sea
  • International Trade Law
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • Russian Approaches to International Law and Human Rights
  • Use of Armed Force in International Law
  • Cyberspace, Technology and International Law
  • International Protection of Intellectual Property
  • European Union Law
  • Private International Law and International Civil Procedure
  • Comparative Human Rights Law
  • History, Culture and Society of Estonia
Optional Courses (6 ECTS)Practice (6 ECTS)
  • International Law Practice
  • Human Rights Practice
Master's Thesis (30 ECTS)


Students with a bachelor's degree (incl. min 60 ECTS of law courses)Graduates can work for international organisations as well as public and private sector and are prepared to start their career anywhere in the world.


Elizabeth Kasa-Mälksoo, Programme Director. 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent level of education (180 ECTS), including at least 60 ECTS of law courses
  • English language proficiency

Tuition Fee

  • International

    3800 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3800 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    3800 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3800 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.


Monthly stipends are available.

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