*This programme profile is financed by Dora Plus Action 4: Marketing of study and employment opportunities in Estonia (European Regional Development Fund).
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 ?
- The University of Tartu belongs to the top 1.2% of the world's universities (300th position in the QS World University Rankings 2022).
- 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 the University of Tartu 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.
Graduates have a competitive advantage in applying to and are well-prepared to work for international organisations and the public and private sectors. As international law and human rights are global, the graduates are prepared to start their careers potentially anywhere in the world. The increasing globalisation, the importance of international legal regulations, and the role and proliferation of international organisations provide new opportunities for people with specialised knowledge and skills in international law and human rights.
University of Tartu Institutional Accreditation 2015-2022: The Quality Assessment Council for Higher Education of the Estonian Quality Agency for Higher and Vocational Education decided to accredit the University of Tartu for seven years.
The next accreditation will be conducted in 2022.
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The curriculum consists of:
- compulsory general courses (48 ECTS)
- elective courses (30 ECTS)
- optional courses (6 ECTS)
- practice courses (6 ECTS)
- master's thesis (30 ECTS)
Examples of courses:
- History and Theory of International Law
- Human Rights Law
- Law and Practice of the United Nations
- Public International Law
- International Settlement of Disputes
- Comparative International Law
- Data Protection
- Lauri Mälksoo, Professor of International Law
- Rene Värk, Associate Professor of International Law
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- 24 months
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DisciplinesInternational Law Public Law Legal Studies
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification (must be obtained by the end of July), including at least 60 ECTS (one year) of law courses
- English language proficiency
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International3800 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 3800 EUR per year during 24 months.
EU/EEA3800 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 3800 EUR per year during 24 months.
Living costs for Tallinn
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
There are no tuition waivers.
Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.