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The Master’s Degree in Human Rights examines the history of rights, their basis in teaching, the way they influence law and their growing presence on the international scene. The focus and methodology of the degree program make it of particular interest for those who are involved in or who wish to become involved in research and teaching in law and other legal disciplines, and for those interested in legal practice in national and international organizations specializing in the subject.

  • Official name of the degree program: Master’s Degree in Human Rights.

  • Subject Area: Social Sciences and Law.

  • School: Law.

  • Orientation: research and professional practice.

  • Number of places available: 20.

  • ECTS credits: 60.

  • Languages: Spanish and English.

  • Duration: 10 months.

  • Research Methodology.

  • 2015/2016 price: €12.000.

  • Director: Prof. Ángel J. Gómez Montoro.

  • Nombre oficial del título: Máster universitario en Derechos Humanos.

  • Rama de Conocimiento: Ciencias Sociales y Jurídicas.

  • Facultad: Derecho.

  • Orientación: Investigación.

  • Número de plazas ofertadas: 20.

  • Créditos ECTS: 60.

  • Idiomas: castellano e inglés.

  • Duración: 12 meses.

  • Modalidad: Presencial.

  • Precio 2016/2017: 12.300.

  • Director: Prof. Juan Cianciardo.

  • Secretario Académico: Prof. Juan Carlos Hernández.

  • Buzón de sugerencias.

Studying the Master’s Degree in Human Rights at the University of Navarra

  • Personalized supervision: at the beginning of the academic year, all students are assigned a tutor, who will personalize their learning and research process.

  • Research-based approach: students study legal research methodology with an interdisciplinary group of professors, in addition to learning how to draft legal documents and have them published in the best specialized journals in Spanish and English.

  • A culture of research: the University of Navarra is a standard-bearer in human rights research, publishing and education, a legacy that will doubtless benefit students pursuing the Master’s Degree in Human Rights.

  • Teaching methodology: in the specifically methodological modules and other subjects, classes are based on active participation by students, which enables them to acquire the necessary tools to present and defend arguments orally and in writing.

  • Interdisciplinarity: the interdisciplinary faculty ensures that the program appeals to students with a wide range of backgrounds, including students interested in legal philosophy and international and constitutional law, as well as future researchers and teachers in other branches of law.

  • International: students will benefit from an international faculty, certain subjects taught in English and the chance to carry out their Master’s Thesis Projects at universities abroad, as required by the topic.

  • Professional practice: students also have the chance to pursue a career at organizations dedicated to human and fundamental rights.

  • Experience: the University of Navarra has been teaching master’s degree programs for more than 50 years, in Spain and abroad, and is recognized for the quality of its teaching and job placement services.

The curriculum covers a single academic year, includes 60 ECTS credits and is distributed in four modules: (1) Introduction to Research, (2) General Education, (3) Electives and (4) Master’s Thesis Project.

The languages used are Spanish and English. A minimum of four ECTS credits of the curriculum will be taught in English.

Breakdown of the curriculum by number of ECTS credits:

Mandatory subjects: 33

Electives: 12

Master’s Thesis Project: 15



The following are some of the indications of teaching quality and the employability of students with qualifications from the University of Navarra in general and from the School of Law and other master’s degree programs in particular:

  1. The University:

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013-2014:
5th university in Spain. Best private university.

QS World University Rankings 2013:
Best university in Spain.

El Mundo 2005-2013:
Best private university in Spain.

International Herald Tribune 2012:
Among the top 50 universities in the world. 

El País 2009:
Best university in Spain.


  1. Employability:

Global Employability 2013
Among the top 50 universities in the world in terms of graduate employability.

The New York Times 2011 and 2012
Among the top 50 private universities in the world in terms of graduate employability.


  1. The School:

QS 2014:
Among the top 100 law schools in the world.


  1. The Program:

El Mundo 2007-2013:
Best master’s program in Business Law and second best in Tax Consultancy.

EDuniversal 2013 and 2012:
Among the top master’s degrees in Business Law (36) - Top 200 best master’s in Business and Commercial Law in the global ranking and in Tax Consultancy (50) -Top 50 best master’s in Tax Consultancy in the global ranking.

The master’s degree program is an official program aimed at students who intend to learn and develop the competences involved in legal research in the field of rights and at those who intend to teach at university level in the future; students will also develop competences applicable to the practice of rights advocacy in national and international organizations.

  • Basic competences

    Possessing and understanding knowledge that creates a foundation or opportunity to be original in the development and/or application of ideas, especially in a research context.

    Knowing how to apply the knowledge acquired and being able to solve problems in new and relatively unfamiliar settings within broader (and multidisciplinary) contexts related to one’s area of study.

    Being able to integrate knowledge and take on the complexity of forming opinions based on incomplete or limited information that includes reflections on social and ethical responsibilities linked to the application of one’s knowledge and opinions.

    Knowing how to communicate one’s conclusions, and the knowledge and ultimate rationale that support them, to specialized and general audiences, in a clear and unambiguous way.

    Possessing the ability to learn that will enable students to continue their education in a way that will need to be largely self-directed or independent.

  • General competences

    Understanding the goals of research in the field of law.

    Learning to use cutting-edge legal discourse.

    Understanding classical and contemporary debate surrounding the basis for fundamental rights.

    Understanding the genesis and historical development of human and fundamental rights in the context of different legal traditions.

    Understanding the fundamental characteristics of the teaching of fundamental rights in order to develop legal arguments and texts on this subject.

    Understanding the special circumstances inherent to the application of fundamental rights in some of the main branches of the legal system: private law, labor law and criminal law.

    Understanding the fundamental rights of minorities and people at risk of social exclusion.

  • Specific competences

    Understanding, evaluating and using different sources of information and legal databases, using current digital data search and selection techniques.

    Understanding and using methods of argumentation and rhetoric in the context of a research project while using and choosing between different legal sources and authorities.

    Analyzing legal texts based on sources of law and legal thinking, and applying them to writing up a research project that develops arguments and conclusions using the knowledge acquired.

    Understanding and applying the techniques for correctly writing elegant, clear academic texts in general and legal texts in particular.

    Understanding and using the techniques of presenting and arguing a point in public and public speaking, especially to defend one’s own research.

    A thorough and advanced understanding of the genesis of fundamental rights and historical currents of thought on the establishment of human rights. Knowing how to detect them in the different rights that make up modern lists of human rights.

    A thorough and advanced understanding of supranational systems for the protection of human and fundamental rights, with a clear assessment of the problems and opportunities posed by the overlap of jurisdictions that protect these rights (discussion between courts and jurisdiction conflicts).

    A thorough understanding of the role and limits of the different sources of law and different authorities in the development and protection of fundamental rights. Understanding the reasons that lead to tension between lawmakers and judges in the field of human rights.

    Advanced understanding and application of the categories of teaching developed by jurisprudence and doctrine for the protection of human and fundamental rights. In particular, understanding the nuances in the application of the principle of proportionality in different areas of constitutional jurisprudence and gaining in-depth knowledge of the different interpretative canons of the European Court of Human Rights and other international courts.

    Advanced understanding and analysis of the structure of the principle of equality and of the history and specific jurisprudential categories of anti-discrimination law.

    Advanced knowledge of the different historical stages of development of the principle of equality: from equality as a limit to equality as the job of the state.

    Understanding and evaluating the debate on the enforceability of social rights in Europe and Latin America, with an advanced comparison of the different theories and the remedies handed down by the different constitutional courts.

    A thorough understanding of the discussion of fundamental rights in legal philosophy: Dworkin, Alexy, Finnis, Böckenförde.

    A thorough understanding of the discussion of fundamental rights in political philosophy. In particular, the debate between liberalism and communitarianism. Rawls and Sandel. Jürgen Habermas’s discourse ethics.

Official degrees such as the Master’s Degree in Human Rights have been verified by the Council of Universities and have undergone the monitoring and accreditation processes laid down by the law. As part of these processes, the degree program report, a document that includes all information relating to its planning, is assessed and approved.

The report on this degree program has been approved.

Master's Degree Competences

Publication in the Official State Bulletin

RInclusion of the curriculum in the Register of Universities, Schools and Degrees (RUCT)

Current's Master Degree Program Report

Verification decision from the Council of Universities

Final Report of assessment for verification


The degree’s quality assurance is carried out through the Internal Quality Control Standards (SGIC). The aim of the SGIC processes is to monitor degree programs in order to guarantee their continuous improvement and ensure that students acquire the skills and competences defined in the degree program they are undertaking.

The Quality Assurance Committee of the Center is responsible for coordinating and undertaking the monitoring of each process. It is made up of one or two representatives from the Center’s Board of Management, a representative from the Quality and Accreditation Assessment Committee, teaching staff, students and teaching support staff members. The Quality Assurance Committee meets at least three times each academic year.

The results of the different processes each academic year are included and analyzed in the Results Analysis Report. This document is prepared after the end of each academic year and includes proposals for improving the degree program, the expected time frame for carrying these out and the people responsible for implementing and monitoring them.

Curso Tasa de rendimiento Tasa de éxito Tasa de evaluación


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Tasa de Rendimiento: Relación porcentual entre el número de créditos aprobados por los estudiantes matriculados en un curso académico y el número total de créditos matriculados en dicho curso académico 
Tasa de Éxito: Relación porcentual entre el número de créditos aprobados por los estudiantes matriculados en un curso y el número total de créditos presentados a examen en dicho curso académico 
Tasa de Evaluación: Relación porcentual entre el número de créditos presentados a examen por los estudiantes en un curso académico y el número total de créditos matriculados en dicho curso académico

Contact information

Carmen Luco
Master Programs Coordinator

Information Request General contact:
School of Law
31009 Pamplona

+34 948 42 56 00 Ext. 850016


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