The Master’s Degree in Human Rights is characterized by its international orientation, not just because of its content, but also because of two important aspects of the degree program: the international faculty members responsible for subjects of particular influence abroad, which means that some classes are taught in English. Students also have the option of doing international exchanges to complete their research projects at institutions with which the School has partnership agreements.
Los alumnos del Máster en Derechos Humanos tendrán la oportunidad de realizar una estancia on site en Estrasburgo (Francia), donde podrán asistir a una sesión del Parlamento Europeo, a sesiones del Tribunal Europeo de Derechos Humanos y a reuniones de trabajo con profesionales de estas instituciones. Durante la estancia, se celebrarán encuentros con servicios sobre temas clave: democracia y derechos humanos, enseñanza en este ámbito y derechos sociales, entre otros. Los estudiantes tendrán así la posibilidad de ampliar su visión del sistema europeo de Derechos Humanos y del funcionamiento del Consejo de Europa.
A large part of the program content focuses on current global challenges, such as the role of rights in the protection and social integration of immigrants, freedom of religion in multicultural contexts, the rights of future generations and the central importance of rights in human development and peacebuilding.
The human rights content is a global challenge in and of itself, because it is decided and debated mainly in international forums. For this reason, both subjects – the general theory of these rights and the mechanisms for their protection – play a central role in the master’s program.
The program gives special weight to the role of international jurisdictions in determining the scope and interpretation of human rights (European Court of Human Rights, Inter-American Court of Human Rights, etc.). It also includes in-depth study of the general theory of fundamental rights, the teaching categories of which have been set out in academic and political debate that transcends national borders (e.g., the influence of German teaching on rights and American categories of anti-discrimination laws).
When the subject matter justifies it, students will be provided with the opportunity to carry out the master’s thesis research project at a foreign institution with which the School of Law has a partnership agreement.
This is an exceptional opportunity for students to learn firsthand about foreign doctrine and jurisprudence, establish academic links with prestigious institutions, perfect their knowledge of other languages, and put into practice many skills and competences that are essential in an increasingly globalized academic context.
The School currently has more than 20 partnership agreements with international universities in Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia and Oceania.
The School is scheduled to sign new agreements with other foreign universities where it can ensure the right academic and teaching standards and appropriate facilities.
The deadline for applying for exchanges will be set for each academic year by the master’s program coordinator before the end of the first semester.