Master in International Law and Human Rights

University for Peace

Program Description

Master in International Law and Human Rights

University for Peace

The Masters Programme in International Law provides students with a rigorous understanding of the role of law in today’s complex global society. Though international law has a long history, the last century has seen an impressive expansion of the role of law and legal institutions in international and transnational relations, involving not just states, but an increasing array of various types of actors. Our Masters Programme provides an introduction to this dynamic field as well as the opportunity to gain a solid and critical understanding of public international law and its various underpinnings. Aside from a focus on the foundational principles and values of the international legal system, various courses deal with the broad range of international institutions that play a pivotal role in the development of international law as well as in its implementation and enforcement. Our courses are taught by faculty with rich international experience, as well as by visiting professors from prestigious universities and key international organizations (UN, UNHCR, ICRC, etc.). Our faculty has long-standing experience in teaching both lawyers and students from different disciplines. The in-class experience offers an exciting and diverse environment, with students hailing from all over the world and a broad range of backgrounds.

The Master Programme begins with core foundational courses in the field, including public international law and human rights. Against this background, considerable attention will be given to the role of international law in conflict and peace, in particular to questions of collective security arrangements, international humanitarian law, and peacebuilding. Specific attention will be given to post-conflict situations and ‘transitional justice’ mechanisms, which call for complex international legal and policy arrangements, and are crucial for the implementation of international human rights standards. In particular, it will examine how international criminal law and the International Criminal Court (ICC) have become a crucial part of this framework. In addition, the Programme provides an understanding of the position and protection of the most vulnerable, in particular refugees and the stateless. Subsequently, students can choose to specialize in one of two different directions: international law and human rights or international law and the settlement of disputes.

Specialization in International Law and Human Rights

The human rights specialization offers students an in-depth review of the procedures and practice of international human rights bodies, at the global and UN level as well as at the regional level. Students will gain an understanding of the various judicial and non-judicial bodies that are at the frontline of questions of interpretation, the development of international human rights standards, and enforcement. In addition, students receive training in hands on skills in the realm of reporting, monitoring and evaluation of human rights. Finally, as the globalization of business and investment is increasing in force and speed, with important human rights implications, this specialization explores the interaction between economics and rights, asking critical questions about this process and potential solutions.

Courses Common to all UPEACE Master Programmes

  • UPM 6001 UPEACE Foundation Course (3 Credits) UPeace Resident Faculty
  • UPM 6003 The United Nations System and UPMUNC (3 Credits) Miriam Estrada and Mayumi Yamada, and Ross Ryan (UPMUNC)
  • UPM 6002 Tools for Conflict Resolution and Transformation (3 Credits) Manish Thapa.

Cross-listed courses to both specialization programs ILHR & ILSD

  • DIL-6030 Foundation Course on Public International Law (3 credits) Juan Carlos Sainz-Borgo, Miriam Estrada and Mihir Kanade.
  • DIL-6059 Foundation Course on Human Rights Law (3 credits) Mihir Kanade and Miriam Estrada.
  • DIL-6085 International Law Related to Armed Conflict (3 credits) Héctor Olasolo, Miriam Estrada and Mihir Kanade.
  • DIL-6077 Transitional Justice and International Criminal Law (3 credits) Miriam Estrada.
  • DIL-6079 International Protection of Vulnerable Groups and Persons (3 credits) UNHCR Team, ILO Team and Mihir Kanade.

Graduation Project

  • DIL-7100 Independent Studies Paper (8 Credits)
  • DIL-7400 Final Graduation Project Internship (8 Credits)
  • DIL-7500 Final Graduation Project Capstone Track (5 Credits)

Courses for Specialization in International Law and Human Rights ILHR

  • DIL-6078 Universal & Regional Mechanisms for Human Rights Protection (3 credits) Pia Carazo, Frans Viljoen and Olger González.
  • DIL-6080 Human Rights Reporting, Monitoring, and Evaluation (3 credits) Jan Hessbruegge.
  • DIL-6043 Globalization and Human Rights (3 credits) Mihir Kanade.
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Cost & Fees

Tuition Costs

The UPEACE MA programmes are designed to be completed in one year.

Tuition $ 17,000
Administrative Fees $2,500
Total $ 19,500
*Administrative fees are not refundable
Payment Dates
First Payment(to confirm enrollment)-Due date determined based on admission date $ 11,000
Final Payment-No later than 15-October-2016 $8,500
Total $ 19,500

Last updated February 9, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Feb. 2017
1 year
Full time
19,500 USD
Start date Feb. 2017
Costa Rica Ciudad Colon
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 1 year
Price 19,500 USD