Master in European Human Rights LL.M. (part-time)


Master in European Human Rights LL.M. (part-time)


Master in Laws (LL.M.)


Degree program


Specialist postgraduate

Accreditation number





2 semesters (1 year)

ECTS credits

60 credits

Minimum number of students


Maximum number of students



The goal of the program is to shape internationally renowned legal experts who are ready to take challenges in global scale and confident to handle complex issues in international regulatory environment with high level of confidence.

Human Rights have become a significant part of the legal order of the European Union, accompanied with an ever growing social need for better protection. Internationally agreed human rights principles and standards now also increasingly influence economic policy formation.

Constantly ranked in the top tier of Law Schools in Central-Europe, the Faculty of Law, ELTE launches a program in European Human Rights to bring together leading scholars, lawyers and policy makers. Starting from 2016 September, our European Human Rights program focuses on complex and creative problem solving in the field of human rights law and wishes to enable students to take new approaches in human rights litigation on various European fora.

Globalisation has prompted interest in deepening understanding of the relationship between human rights and traditional areas of law. Important efforts have already been made by various international organisations to disentangle the links between ethics, human rights, development and economics.

Human rights advocates can bring rights-based approach not only to strive for higher level protection, but also to bring about better economic and developmental results, thereby instrumentalising human rights values and concepts.


Strength of program

We provide a vibrant, international environment where participants work under the supervision of internationally recognized experts. After graduation they will be able to confidently deliver legal solutions to multifaceted human rights issues or create tailor-made prevention tools to avoid human rights abuses.

Our leading scholars seek to foster an encouraging learning environment to support legal professionals who are frequently facing new challenges.

The work schedule of the program is part time: correspondence program. (Classes are held every second Friday and Saturday)

Semester I. 

  • Human Rights Protection - General Overview and Criticial Approaches
  • The Operational Mechanisms of the European Union and its Importance for Human Rights Protection
  • English Legal Writing
  • Fundamental Human Rights in the European Union and the procedure of the European Court of Human Rights
  • Overview on the European Convention of Human Rights and The Institutional System and Practice of the European Social Charter
  • Human Rights Instruments of the Council of Europe and their enforcement mechanisms
  • Comparative Analysis of the National Constitutional Mechanisms of Human Rights Protection
  • Sociology of Human Rights

Semester II. 

  • Citizens’ Rights in the European Union and the European Convention of Human Rights
  • The Right to Property and Related Economic Rights; Labour Rights as Human Rights
  • Constitutional Interpretation
  • The prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment; European Criminal Law
  • Freedom of Religion and the Status of Churches in Europe
  • Communicative Freedoms in the European Union and in the European Convention of Human Rights; Privacy Protection in the EU and Council of Europe
  • International and European Refugee Law and Minority
  • Equal Treatment and Prohibition of Discrimination
  • Right to Justice; Human Rights and  the Sociology of Jurisdiction
  • The Right to Liberty and Security
  • Transitional Justice
  • Human Rights and Private Law relations
  • The Right to Peace
  • Environmental Protection in the European Union
  • Business and Human Rights
  • Thesis degree
  • Optional lecture (Transitional Justice) 
Career opportunities

Our distinguished program prepares students for outstanding careers in human rights litigation practices, government, academia, business, public policy, international and local NGOs.

Students successfully graduated from the program will be entitled to use an LL.M. title according to the regulations of Act on National Tertiary Education of Hungary. (Act No CCIV of 2011).

Job examples
  • Lawyer specialized in human rights

  • Legal expert of human rights

EU/EEA students
non-EU/EEA students
Tuition fee/semester

1,000 EUR

1,000 EUR

Application fee



Registration fee



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non-EU/EEA students
Tuition fee/semester

1,000 EUR

Application fee


Registration fee


Other costs


Offered for the next academic year


Start program

02, Sep, 2024

Deadline for applications - September intake

30, Jun, 2024

Is there a February intake


Admission requirements

ELTE Faculty of Law is determined to provide contact classes as far as the COVID-19 situation allows us.  We aim to organise teaching with full flexibility. It means that classes will always be streamed via online platforms (like Teams or Zoom), but personal attendance will also be possible, given Hungary’s general laws permit it.

Therefore, you can trust that classes will always be available online in due time, even if you are unable to participate in them in person. However, teachers – except those who potentially can not travel to Hungary due to the pandemic – will be present at the premises of the Faculty, and you can also join the classes in person. In this way, the teaching will be foreseeable, and no sudden changes are expected. We have been testing this system during the 2020/2021 academic year, and our feedback both from teachers and students are very positive.

Entry requirements

Applicants have to be in the possession of a Master level legal degree as this is a second master program.

Language requirements

Minimum level of language proficiency (oral) (A1-C2): B2

Minimum level of language proficiency (written) (A1-C2): B2

Further comments: The required level of English language knowledge is minimum B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

Documents to submit with application



Online application form


Master-level degree

An official English version/translation of the law diploma (Degree accepted for admission: legal master degree or legal degree equal to a legal master degree)

Motivation letter

In English

Language certificate

Minimum B2  level English language certificate

Application procedure
The application starts in the online application system. Students need to register in the system, fill in the online application form, upload the required documents and follow the instructions during the application process.

There is no entrance exam, decisions are made upon the provided documents.

Materials sent by postal mail, electronic mail or fax are not considered. The Faculty of Law does not return application documents, or provide copies thereof under any circumstances.

The decisions are made by the Admission Committee of the Faculty within a month after the application deadline.

All applicants are notified in written form about the outcome of their applications.

Entrance examination and selection process: 
No entrance examination is organized. The decision is based on the submitted materials

Program leader

Vice-Dean of International Relations, Associate Professor

Program coordinator

Assistant Professor
Postal address: 1053 Budapest, Egyetem tér 1-3

Faculty of Law

Faculty of Law