MA International Human Rights Law

Regent’s University London

Program Description

MA International Human Rights Law

Regent’s University London

Human rights and international law have always been at the heart of teaching and scholarly work at Regent's for many years. This innovative postgraduate programme, developed in collaboration with the renowned human rights barrister, Geoffrey Robertson, QC, of Doughty Street Chambers, examines some of the key challenges in the field of International Human Rights.

The programme informs those already in pratcice, or aspiring to work in this field, with the knowledge and skills to introduce changes that will improve human right policies at an international, regional and domestic level.

You will be introduced to a range of topics in the field including, a history of human rights law, international relations, humanitarian intervention, free speech, prohibition of torture and inhumane treatment and international criminal law, with all theory supplemented by cutting edge research and case studies.

Why should I choose this programme?

The issues covered within this programme have never been so pertinent and in demand. The programme will enable you to address some of the contemporary challenges faced in operational environments which aim to protect and promote human rights. The programme informs those already in professional practice or those aspiring to work in this field with the skills and knowledge and the ability to introduce changes that will improve human rights policies at an international, regional and domestic level. This programme is unique in its close link with practising professionals and real life cases, allowing you to really explore and understand what’s happening in the world today. We have an exceptionally talented team of lecturers including:

  • Dr. Andraz Zidar, a seasoned international lawyer and former diplomat.
  • Dr. Jennifer Melvin, an expert on the Rwandan genocide and mass violence.
  • Dr. Sara Bazoobandi, an author on food security and Associate Fellow of Chatham House.
  • Dr. Mireille Hebing, an expert on migration and refugees.
  • Dr. Neven Andjelic, recently elected to the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.
  • Professor Yossi Mekelberg, expert and author on human rights issues ranging from right for self determination, gender, freedom of speech, refugees, collective punishment and house demolitions, rights of minorities and others. Professor Mekelberg has been a member of the London Committee of Human Rights Watch for the last 7 years and is regularly asked to write in international media about abuses of human rights.

In addition to our in house team, you will also benefit from listening to guest lectures on a range of related topics. These may include lectures from:

  • Geoffrey Robertson, QC
  • Kirsty Brimelow, QC
  • Professor Marc Weller
  • Graeme Hall
  • Edward Fitzgerald OBE, QC
  • Professor Geraldine Van Beuren, QC
  • Andrea Saccucci
  • Jen Robinson

Engaging with these distinguished professionals will really bring the subject to life and provide you with a deep and comprehensive understanding of human rights law.

Key skills, aims and objectives

You will gain -

  • A systematic and comprehensive knowledge of international human rights law
  • The ability to identify and critically evaluate contemporary issues relating to international human rights
  • An understanding of how theory relates to practice, with extensive use of current and relevant case studies
  • The ability to interpret principal source materials as well as understanding relevant concepts, cases, statutes and treaties
  • Exposure to world renowned human rights lawyers who will share their knowledge and experience of working on landmark cases in the field.

Future Opportunities

This programme will prepare you for a number of careers, in areas such as diplomacy, international relations, domestic and international legal practice, international charities, and non-governmental organisations, as well as practising professionals in law, journalism, politics and economics.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated October 23, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Aug. 2018
12 - 14 months
Full time
United Kingdom - London, England
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