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 specialize in the field of public international and human rights law. This LLM specialization provides the students with a solid basis in the form of carefully preselected mandatory courses on human rights and migration law as well as subjects on international public law and sustainable development. At the same time, the curriculum leaves room for the students to choose among many elective courses 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 specialization 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.

The catalogue of courses encompasses traditional subdomains of public international law as well as courses on European and American human rights law. In addition, it includes multiple courses 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 LLM specialization builds in particular 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 previous degrees (type of degree, country of issue etc.) or additional experience.


Students need to obtain 60 credits, over a period of two semesters. There is great flexibility in shaping one’s own curriculum. Eighteen credits cover courses specializing in Human Rights Law. Ten more credits are dedicated to the compulsory supporting courses 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 courses on the curriculum.

The remaining credits are filled with elective courses on a variety of topics from the following fields: European Law, Human Rights Law, Economic Law, Environmental Law and Public International Law etc. Students can choose from approximately thirty different courses, all of which are exclusively taught in English. 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 curricula.

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

> Master's dissertation

The master's dissertation is a requirement for every candidate to obtain a master’s degree. The master's dissertation is an original piece of research work. It aims to develop and strengthen the research capacity skills of the students. The student selects a topic and is given guidance by a promoter or supervisor throughout the academic year.

Labour Market

The programme enables the student to greatly enhance his or her chances when applying for an international legal job.