Curriculum

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As approved by the University of Notre Dame, our LL.M. students enroll for one academic year, during which they must complete a minimum of 24 credit hours of course work. Courses are assigned from 1 to 4 hours of credit depending upon the number of hours scheduled each week for the course.

Our program is carefully crafted to meet the intellectual and practical needs of lawyers practicing human rights law in their home countries and in regional or international institutions. Therefore, our curriculum is not designed for those seeking admission to the bar in the United States.
 


 

Fall Semester

 

The following courses are required of students pursuing the LL.M. in International Human Rights Law:

  • International Law (3 credits)
  • International Human Rights Research and Writing (2 credits)
  • Foundations of International Human Rights Law (3 credit hours)
  • Accountability for Gross Human Rights Violations (3 credits)

At the discretion of the Director, students may receive an exemption from one or more of these required courses.

In addition to the required curriculum listed above, students design their own concentration of fall semester study from a wide range of courses both within the Law School and in other University departments, such as:

  • Civil Rights Law (3 Credits)
  • International Environmental Law (3 credits)
  • Catholic Social Thought (2 credits)
  • Globalization and Multinational Corporate Responsibility (2 credits)
  • Ethnic Conflict Peace Process (3 credits)
  • International Labor Law (3 credits)
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (3 credits)
  • Politics of Reconciliation (3 credits)
  • Women’s Human Rights (3 credits)
  • Law of International Trade (3 credits)

 


Spring Semester

The following courses are required of students pursuing the LL.M. in International Human Rights Law:

  • Human Rights Practice (3 credits)
  • Regional Human Rights Protection (3 credits)

At the discretion of the Director, students may receive an exemption from one or more of these required courses.

In addition to the required curriculum listed above, students design their own concentration of spring semester study from a wide range of courses both within the Law School and in other disciplines.

  • LL.M. Thesis (4 credits)
  • Gender Issues and International Law Seminar (3 credits)
  • International Criminal Law (3 credits)
  • Intellectual Property and International Justice (3 credits)
  • Law of Terrorism (3 credits)
  • Legal and Ethical Issues Regarding the Use of Force (2 credits)
  • Transnational Corporations and Human Rights (3 credits)
  • Restorative Justice (3 credits)
  • NGO Management (3 credits)
  • Intensive Trial Advocacy (4 credits)