Central European University - Master of Laws in Human Rights (LL.M)

Central European University (CEU) is a graduate-level, English-language University accredited both in the U.S. and Hungary. The Department of Legal Studies provides high quality advanced legal education and education in human rights, comparative constitutional law, and international business law. Its programmes are among the finest in Europe, enabling students to obtain a solid grounding in fundamental legal concepts in civil law and common law systems and to develop unique skills in comparative analysis. Students are encouraged to see complex legal and social problems in their broader context and seek solutions across continents and disciplines.

The LL.M. in Human Rights degree is designed for students holding a law degree. The Programme aims at training future legal scholars and practitioners in human rights and also serves the already established professionals who wish to add a human rights perspective to their work.

Location: Budapest, Hungary

Single Diploma

Language: English

Start Date: September

Duration: 10 months

Price/Fee: 13,000 EUR (tuition fee) + 200 EUR (student enrollment fee) per academic year

Scholarships: Master’s candidates who applied by the relevant application deadline, and who have received an acceptance offer or been placed on the waiting list will have the opportunity to apply for CEU financial aid.

Accommodation: Most CEU students stay in the CEU Residence Center or in rented apartments in the city. The CEU Residence Center provides accommodation to CEU Master's Scholarship recipients as part of their financial aid package, and to students who wish to stay in the Residence Center on a fee paying basis. Information regarding accommodation in Budapest can be found at the CEU website.

Application Process

The Department of Legal Studies welcomes applications from individuals with outstanding academic achievements, professional experience, strong recommendations, and English language proficiency.

Completed applications must be submitted through online application system (LLM in Human Rights) by the deadline.

  • Deadline:

February 1, 2018 (midnight, Central European Time)

Deadline for applicants to Master’s programs; accepted MA candidates whose application is received by this deadline can apply for CEU financial aid (if applicable). Application deadline for doctoral programs. All applications must be complete with relevant standard test scores (TOEFL, IELTS, GRE, etc.).

February 2, 2018 onwards

Application period for self-financing applicants. All applications must be complete with applicable standard test scores (TOEFL, IELTS, GRE, etc.). Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis (pending available spaces).

Citizens of countries outside the EU/EEA area who require a study visa may submit applications no later than June 1, 2018

  • Application Fee:

CEU charges a one-time application fee of EUR 30 for each candidate irrespective of the number of programs applied to in the given admissions cycle. The application fee is non-refundable: all applicants are subject to submit this fee regardless of their citizenship or financial circumstances. The fee must be paid when the first application is submitted in the given admission cycle.

The fee should be paid by bank card via the CEU online application form (secure payment). No other ways of payment are available.

  • Degree requirements:

Applicants for the LL.M. in Human Rights program must have completed their undergraduate studies in law before enrolling to the program. A law degree will be considered as adequate if in a given country it presents sufficient academic requirements for taking the Bar exam.

  • Documents:

Required documents for online application:

NOTE: Late submission of required documents is not possible, and incomplete applications may lead to early stage rejection.

  • Examination:

The Legal Studies admissions examination is composed of the following:

  1. Review of application packages
  2. Telephone/Skype interview offered to selected applicants on the basis of their application package

The Department of Legal Studies reserves the right to check the originality of all submissions.

Programme Structure (83,88 ECTS/36 CEU credits)

From its inception the main goal of the Human Rights 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 strongly focused on comparative legal analysis. Teaching is designed to incorporate both theoretical perspectives and concrete empirical analyses of the most important questions in human rights. The programme 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. Rigorous and closely monitored coursework provides the tools of analysis, critical reading and writing necessary to enable students to make a significant and lasting contribution both to the rights protection in their home countries and to the enforcement of human rights at large. Areas of research and teaching cover – among others – constitutional and international mechanisms for the protection of human rights, with particular focus on the Council of Europe and the United Nations, freedom of expression and freedom of religion, human rights and criminal justice, political rights, non-discrimination, minority protection, human rights in Africa, politics and theories of European integration from a human rights perspective.

Courses: A complete list of the programme's courses, as well as information regarding each course, can be found on CEU's website.

Career Prospects: Over the years the Comparative Constitutional Law Program has educated many high-ranking civil servants, successful NGO and IGO professionals and academics. We are proud that our academic community is chosen by many visiting and exchange students predominantly from North America and all parts of Europe. With their diverse background, rich academic and professional experience they contribute greatly to the success of our educational mission.


Programme Chair: Károly Bárd

Mailing address: Department of Legal Studies, Central European University, Nador u. 9. H-1051 Budapest, Hungary

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Phone: (+36-1) 327 3197 Fax: (+36-1) 327 3198

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