International Law and Human Rights, Master | Åbo Akademi University | Turku, Finland
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International Law and Human Rights

24 months
10000 EUR/year
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The International Law and Human Rights programme of Åbo Akademi University is designed to prepare its graduates for challenging careers in international organisations, non-governmental organisations, public administration or legal practice.


The International Law and Human Rights programme of Åbo Akademi University offers specialised knowledge and an in-depth understanding of topical issues in international and human rights law. Studies within the programme consist of courses analysing the structure of the legal order governing states and organisations along with the protection of the rights of individuals in an increasingly complex international environment. The programme offers students the possibility to profile themselves in different specialisation areas, such as international human rights law, migration and refugee law, international law and conflicts, and general international law. Studies within the programme equip students with expert knowledge, provide the requisite background for advanced research, and develop the practical application skills.

The programme is made up of courses and seminars offered to small or medium-size groups of 15-30 students. Student learning is enhanced through an encouraging and supportive learning environment and close student-teacher interaction. Courses within the programme make use of a broad range of teaching methods.

Students who have successfully completed the full-time study programme will be awarded a Master of Social Sciences degree. However, the programme has a legal focus, corresponding to an LL.M. Degree.

Career opportunities

  • Graduates of the programme find employment in public institutions, international organisations, national or international non-governmental organisations, academia, legal practice and increasingly also in the private sector where, for instance, corporate social responsibility receives increasing attention.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • International Protection of Human Rights
  • Sources and principles of Public International Law
  • The Law of War and Armed Conflict
  • International Environmental Law
  • Gender and Human Rights
  • Law of the Sea

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.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The programme is open to all applicants holding a Bachelor’s degree in law or another Bachelor’s degree with at least 45 ECTS in law or other relevant subject(s). The applicants should be familiar with the basics of public international law and/or constitutional law.
  • In case the applicant’s Bachelor’s degree diploma does not contain an evaluation of the academic merits of the applicant’s Bachelor’s thesis, a separate letter of evaluation by the thesis supervisor should be attached to the application. If the applicant’s Bachelor’s degree does not contain a graded Bachelor’s thesis or another equivalent academic research essay, it is recommended that the applicant supplements her/his application with a letter where a professor assesses the applicant’s academic writing abilities. Please note that a Bachelor’s thesis is not a requirement for applying to the programme.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    10000 EUR/year
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    Based on the tuition of 10000 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Turku

775 - 1128 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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