Master of Laws in International and European Law (International and Human Rights Law)

The LLM in International and Human Rights Law is an exciting new programme tailored for students seeking to specialise in the field of public international and human rights law. This specialist LLM provides the students with a solid basis in the form of carefully preselected mandatory course units on human rights and migration law as well as on international public law and sustainable development. At the same time, the curriculum leaves room for the students to choose among many electives in accordance with their career priorities so as to gain expertise on various contemporary topical issues of international and human rights law.

Subsequent Master's Programme
1 year 60 credits
Faculty of Law and Criminology
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The International and Human Rights Law specialist programme offers students an advanced degree with significant added value for those aspiring a career in legal practice, in civil service at the national, regional or international level, or in the NGO sector, as well as for those interested in pursuing further academic research.

Our course offer encompasses traditional subdomains of public international law as well as courses on European and American human rights law. In addition, it includes multiple course units focused on environmental protection and sustainable development, alongside courses adopting a distinct multidisciplinary orientation.

As the birthplace of the prestigious Institut de Droit International (°1873), Ghent is the perfect place for a deep dive into the world of international law (in the broadest sense), a domain of ever-growing reach and importance. This specialist LLM in particular builds on the broad expertise within the Ghent Rolin-Jacquemyns International Law Institute (GRILI) as well as the renowned Human Rights Centre (HRC).

For whom

The admission requirements depend on your prior education (type of degree, country of issue etc.) or additional experience.


Students need to obtain sixty credits, over a period of two terms. There is great flexibility in shaping one’s own curriculum. Eighteen credits cover course units specialising in European Union law. Ten more credits are dedicated to the mandatory supporting course units dealing mainly with various legal and political developments in order to broaden the horizons of legal professionals. Students are also required to write a fifteen-credits’ worth LLM Paper in connection with one of the course units on the curriculum.

The remaining credits are filled with electives on a variety of topics from the following fields: European Law, Economic and Social Law, Environmental Law, Public International Law, Criminal Law. Students can choose from approximately twenty-five different course units, all of which are exclusively English-taught. Teaching is generally done interactively, requiring advanced reading and class participation. The programme typically hosts several internationally reputed guest professors with a rotation on a yearly basis. Students can also choose to participate in one of the various moot courts or legal clinic as an official part of their curriculum.

Organised social activities are an important part of the LLM-experience, and not all of them are extracurricular. Curricular activities include guided visits to important EU and international institutions and participation in several colloquia.

> Master's Dissertation
Completing the Master's dissertation is a requirement for any student who wants to obtain their Master’s degree. The Master’s dissertation is an original piece of research. Its aim is to develop and strengthen the students’ research skills. Students select a topic and receive guidance from a supervisor throughout the academic year.

Labour Market

The programme enables the students to enhance their career chances greatly when applying for an international legal job.