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Master's Programme in International Protection of Human Rights

Human Rights



This program is unique not only because it is the only program of this kind in the Russian Federation, but also because Master's degree students have a possibility to train with foreign lecturers who come to Russia as visiting professors and deliver their lectures in English. On average, six to seven units with the participation of foreign lecturers are delivered annually and ten to twelve workshops with representatives of the OCHR Secretariat are held each year. Candidates for a master's degree attend annual summer classes in Venice, Italy, and prepare their diploma papers in the libraries of the leading European Universities. 

Best Russian experts in international law of human rights are taking part in carrying out the program. Among them are Prof. Vladimir Kartashkin, honored lawyer of the Russian Federation, who is member of Advisory Committee of the UN Human Rights Council; and Prof. Aslan Abashidze, member of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Unique courses of lectures are available in the framework of this program, i.e. Protection of ecological human rights; Challenges of the 21-st century and Human Rights Protection; Interamerican Human Rights Protection System; Human Rights Protection in Africa.

OHCHR supported the establishment of an international master’s degree in human rights in 2009 by a group of Russian universities, assisted by an inter-institutional resource centre at the People’s Friendship University of Russia.
N. Pillay Report, 2012. read...

This program has good facilities and resources, such as Interuniversity Resource Center on Human Rights. The Resource Center is a study center for students of this discipline, as well as their workplace and library. The Center is a state-of-the-art facility, equipped with 3 desktop computers, 4 laptop PCs, a bookbinding machine, a projector with a screen, a magnetic board, a flip chart, a laminating machine and a multifunction device.

Lectures and seminars are usually delivered to the students in the mornings, and in the afternoons students are engaged in self-paced training, using office machines, appliances and library stock. The UN and OCHR provided literature on human rights in Russian, English and French. The Center's library stock is a unique collection of books covering   all spheres of human rights.

Taking into consideration the fact that Master's degree students training in the specialty "International Human Rights Law" have gained comprehensive linguistic experience and work experience in the framework of the UN human rights protection system, they can use this knowledge and hold jobs in the UN Representation offices, in Russian Foreign Ministry and Justice Ministry, in NGOs specializing in human rights protection, in international organizations dealing with human rights protection.

Within Master's Degree Study Program "International Human Rights Law", the Department of International Law cooperates with European Interuniversity Center on human rights and democratization (EUIC, Italy), the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (Geneva) and with all Universities partner members of the Venice Consortium. Program tutors participate in academic exchanges within the Consortium as visiting lecturers. Many of them underwent training in the Council of Europe and the UNO.


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