International Law and Human Rights (M.A) (2 years) - University of Tartu

International Law and Human Rights is a 2-year master's programme providing comprehensive knowledge of the principles, regulations, subjects and practice in the field of international law and human rights. 

The University of Tartu is the national university of Estonia. University of Tartu is the only classical university in the country and also the biggest and most prestigious university in Estonia. It was established by King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden in 1632, thus being one of the oldest universities in Northern Europe. 

Location: Tartu, Estonia 

Single Diploma

Language: English

Duration: 2 years

Price/Fee: 3.000 euros per academic year.

Scholarships: Available, including tuition waivers for the best applicants. You can find more information available here.


Tartu Student Village is a non-profit organisation. Its founders are the University of Tartu and the Student Council. The main function of the Student Village is housing students, guests and the staff members of the University. Student Village owns eight fully functional dormitories. The dormitories are located in various places around the town.

More information here. 


General Courses (48 ECTS): 

Public International Law,Human Rights Law, History and Theory of International Law, International Settlement of Disputes, Law of International Institutions, Law and Practice of the United Nations, International Relations, Research Skills and Academic Writing

Elective module (30 ECTS):

International Criminal Law, International Law of the Sea, International Trade Law, International Humanitarian Lawm Russian Approaches to International Law and Human Rights, Use of Armed Forces in International Law, Cyberspace, Technology and International Law, International Protection of Intellectual Property, European Union Law, Private International Law and International Civil Procedure, Comparative Human Rights Law

Practice (6 ECTS):

The student chooses one practice according to his/her preferences:

1. International Law Practice

2. Human Rights Law Practice

Optional courses (6 ECTS):

The student chooses courses in the amount of 6 ECTS from the courses offered by the University of Tartu or other universities according to his/her preferences.

Master's thesis (30 ECTS)

The aim of the thesis is to study thoroughly issues, problems and developments related to international law and human rights, to collect theoretical and empirical materials, to analyse them using appropriate theories and methods and, as a result, to write an independent research paper.


Career prospects:

Graduates have a competitive advantage in applying to and are well-prepared to work for international organisations as well as public and private sector. As international law and human rights are global, the graduates are prepared to start their career potentially anywhere in the world. The increasing globalisation, the importance of international legal regulations, and the role and proliferation of international organisations provide new opportunities for people with the specialised knowledge and skills in international law and human rights.


Master Contact:

School of Law, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Tartu, Kaarli pst. 3, 10119 Tallinn, Estonia

Student Admissions, Office of Academic Affairs, University of Tartu, Ülikooli, 18, 50090 Tartu, Estonia

Phone: (+372) 737 5152


By Sasha Zablotskyi