LLM in International Human Rights


Program Director:  Bridget Arimond
Interim Director, Center for International Human Rights:  Ibrahim Gassama  

Program Overview:

The Program in International Human Rights Law is designed for students with American JDs or law degrees from other countries who wish to undertake an in-depth study of international human rights law and international criminal law, and their implementation by international courts and organizations as well as domestic legal systems. The program provides an excellent grounding in international human rights law and international criminal law for individuals with career interests in the field.

The structure of the program affords unique advantages for educational and social interaction. LLM IHR Students participate with other LLM students in small group seminars, and join JD students in the program's core and elective courses. In addition, the program encourages international students to study not only relevant law, but its application to the circumstances of their home countries.

Degree Requirements:

Course Title
Required Courses (5 courses / 11 credits)
CONPUB 694International Human Rights Law
CONPUB 695International Criminal Law
CONPUB 703Colloquium: International Human Rights
LAWSTUDY 912Human Rights Advocacy: Legal Analysis and Writing 1
Elective Courses (9 credits)
Select from the following: 2
Women, Gender and Human Rights
International Criminal Law in U.S. Courts
Refugees and Asylum
Nation Building: International Human Rights in Transitional Societies
International HR Law: Differing Perspectives, Europe, the Americas, US
International Law: the Law of War
Business and Human Rights
A New World Order: the Role of the United Nations in Advancing the Rule of Law and Human Rights
Public Corruption & the Law
Human Trafficking
Legal Issues in Arab-Israeli conflict
Contemporary Dilemmas in International Humanitarian Law: Targeting and Occupation
Global Freedom of Expression and the Press
Foreign, Comparative, and International Legal Research
Graduate Research (Permission only)
Introduction to Trial Advocacy (International Track)
Clinic: International Human Rights Advocacy
Clinic: International Human Rights LLMs Fieldwork
Clinic: International Human Rights Law and Practice
International Environmental Law
Health and Human Rights
Advanced Topics in Health and Human Rights
Minimum Credits Required: 20 3

This requirement will be waived for US lawyers. Lawyers trained in common law countries may request a waiver from the program director. Waived credits must be replaced with an equal number of elective credits.


Students who wish to take a relevant law course not on this list may request approval from the program director to enroll and count the credit toward the IHR elective requirement.


Students may seek approval from the program director to complete more than 20 credits.