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MAHuman Rights in the Digital Society

Tuition fee €2,300 per semester
Application fee €100 one-time
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The LLM programme in Human Rights in the Digital Society was created to address new developments and challenges in law and society that have arisen in connection with the ever-increasing digitalisation. It provides a unique opportunity engage with questions like what are the limits of the freedom of speech online or what is sovereignty over the digital environment? Or how to balance human rights in the online environment? This programme will provide students with the skill-set necessary to analyze the effects of digitalisation on human rights and law in general. The courses have a balance between theory and practical problems and assignments. The students will be encouraged to take a critical perspective, research topical issues that they feel passionate about and highlight flaws in the current system.

Programme structure

The programme courses are scheduled on weekdays and the normal time to complete the programme is four semesters. The programme is composed of compulsory law courses (54 ECTS), elective law courses (24/36 ECTS), open elective courses (6 ECTS), the master’s thesis (24 ECTS) and a mandatory internship (6 ECTS). The aim of the internship is to give students an opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge acquired in the classroom by working under the direction of a practicing legal professional. The students also participate in an interdisciplinary project (6 ECTS), which provides another opportunity to practice the skills they have developed. The courses include a mix of subjects that deal with human rights and digitalisation and also provide an opportunity to develop research skills throughout the four semesters.

Career opportunities

The study programme develops knowledge and skills that open up different career paths in the modern legal world. Different opportunities will be available to you in both the public and private sectors.

Public sector:

  • Jobs in international organisations like the UN, European Council and the EU – all these institutions have an increasing need for specialists in human rights and digitalisation.
  • Jobs in international courts – both the European Court of Human Rights and the European Court of Justice need more experts that can advise judges on topical human rights issues.
  • Domestic public sector – public management institutions of EU and ohter states have to modernise their understanding of international law and human rights, in light of new developments, so there is a demand for experts with the necessary knowledge who can engage with these new challenges.
  • Academia – since the study programme has a research focus, it will prepare you for advanced studies in doctoral programmes around the world.

Private sector:

  • Media companies – both globaal and regionaal media companies face obligations of ensuring human rights in their daily activities. Teams are being formed, which are tasked to develop and implement internal rules in this area.
  • Legal consultancy companies – more and more disputes arise regarding relationships and violations in the digital space.
  • NGOs – both large International NGOs like Human Rights Watch and NGOs with local importance have to take into account of the globaal developments in International law and human rights.