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.
After graduation 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.
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Programme StructureProgramme Structure (ILHR) 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
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- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
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The application period for studies starting in August is 7-20 January.
DisciplinesInternational Law Legal Studies View 3 other Masters in Legal Studies in Finland
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- 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.
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International10000 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 10000 EUR per year during 24 months.
EU/EEAFreeTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 0 EUR per year during 24 months.
Living costs for Turku
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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.