Since its foundation in 1998 the Human Rights Program has been offering quality graduate level education to students from various parts of the world, including Central and Eastern Europe, former Soviet Union and the Balkans. In recent years the number of students from Africa, America and from Asia has increased considerably. From the very beginning the main goal of the program has been to provide theoretical and practical training for future scholars and professionals in human rights, with special emphasis on the legal aspects of human rights protection.
While the program is interdisciplinary in nature, it is firmly based in the study of legal science. The department recruits students from all disciplines within social sciences, thus the program offers a unique opportunity for non-lawyers to benefit from a curriculum with legal focus. Teaching is designed to incorporate both the abstract theoretical material and concrete empirical analyses of the most important questions in human rights. The program offers practical instruction in the specific legal mechanisms and institutional processes which may be used by national human rights organizations to effectively approach human rights issues that transitional and also established democracies might confront.
The MA in Human Rights remains the first in the region to offer graduate education in international and European human rights law. It addresses primarily the interests of students holding a degree in law or other disciplines who wish understand the theoretical and policy implications of human rights and acquire the skills for successful human rights protection and advocacy.
The program benefits from a close cooperation with the Open Society Justice Initiative, the Open Society Institute and the leading Budapest-based NGOs which offer practical experience to our students.