Master Program

Master in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

Master in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights



18 months


21.000 EUR

Tuition fees

130+ countries

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International Humanitarian Law – also known as the law of armed conflicts or law of war, is, by its definitions, a set of rules which seeks to limit the effects of the armed conflicts by protecting the persons who are not or are no longer participating in the hostilities and by restricting the means and methods of warfare.

International Law of Human Rights lays down obligations, which States are bound to respect. By becoming parties to international treaties, States assume obligations and duties under international law to respect, to protect and to fulfil human rights. The obligation to respect means that States must refrain from interfering with or curtailing the enjoyment of human rights, the obligation to protect requires States to protect individuals and groups against human rights abuses and the obligation to fulfil means that States must take positive action to facilitate the enjoyment of basic human rights.

Overall, the Master in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights is composed of 14 core courses that will be taught by leading experts from over 20 industries and business partners.




  • 14 core courses
  • 18 months
  • SSBM Connect
  • Learn from experienced experts
  • 90 ECTS credits

Knowledge is the power.


The best way to get involved is by acquiring the knowledge of these fascinating fields of law in more detail. In this way you will be equipped to get involved in practice not only to make a difference by working with one of the organizations responsible for oversight of the implementation or enforcement, but also to increase the awareness of the instruments the modern world has, thus influencing others and making direct impact.

Program structure

All of our core courses deal with some of the following topics*:

  1. General introduction to the International Law (IL)
  2. Principles and Foundations of the International Humanitarian Law (IHL)
  3. International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Standards and their Development
  4. International Criminal Law (ICL) and relationship between ICL and International Humanitarian Law (IHL)
  5. International Criminal Tribunals
  6. Jurisdiction and Cooperation in Criminal Matters
  7. International Refugee Law
  8. International Law of Armed Conflict
  9. Regional Protection of Human Rights
  10. Global Protection of Human Rights
  11. Human Rights Protection Mechanisms
  12. International HR Tribunals
  13. Business, Ethics and Human Rights
  14. Sport and Human Rights
  15. Thesis

* final list of available seminars is subject to change

Premium Knowledge

In-depth knowledge on latest organizational and leadership topics.

Global Orientation

You will get a holistic and strategic understanding of business.


International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Program fits with working professional busy schedule by providing flexible study structure.

Take your career to a new level!

International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Program brings the following aspects to your career development:

  • Acquire a global orientation
  • Develop real-life problem solving abilities
  • Get a holistic and strategic understanding of international law
  • Acquire knowledge and practical tools for implementation and protection of human rights
  • Make a difference

Our International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights program will help you prepare to assume senior level management roles in a variety of organizations and industries.


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International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

International Humanitarian Law and International Law of Human Rights both form a major part of the body of Public International Law. Furthermore, International Humanitarian Law and International Law of Human rights are complementary. Both strive to protect the lives, health and dignity of individuals, albeit from a different angle. Humanitarian law applies in situations of armed conflict, whereas human rights protect the individual at all times, both in war and peace. Humanitarian law aims to protect people who do not or are no longer taking part in hostilities and its rules impose duties on all parties to a conflict. Human rights, being tailored primarily for peacetime, apply to everyone. Their principal goal is to protect individuals from arbitrary behavior by their own governments.

The duty to implement humanitarian law and human rights lies first and foremost with States. Humanitarian law obliges States to take practical and legal measures, such as enacting penal legislation and disseminating it. Similarly, States are bound by human rights law to accord national law with international obligations.

The International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Program is offered in English, brings 90 ECTS credits, and is organised into core courses and seminars. Earn your Master in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights in 18 months (thesis included) and building your on-the-job experience. The program takes place On Campus.

The practical relevance and applicability of the curriculum are the focal points of this postgraduate program. The International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights course contents cover a broad spectrum of relevant management topics, such as corporate finance, global business environment, leadership, marketing and communications, supply chain management and strategy. During your studies, you will gain access to productive practice-based projects and learn how to apply the curriculum directly to real life situations.

All of the lectures follow high standards and are delivered by our professors. Our professors will keep you engaged, motivated and will provide high quality teaching experience in order to leverage your professional development and advance your career.

Tuition Fees

Master in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights: 21.000 EUR*

We offer various scholarship opportunities. We invite you to carefully check which one can apply to you.

* This price includes all online program related costs. Additional costs may apply in some circumstances. 




  • Undergraduate degree (Bachelor) from a recognized university or equivalent
  • Grade transcripts
  • Your CV or resume
  • ID or passport copy
  • One photo
  • English requirements: If a candidate is not from a majority English-speaking country, then an evidence of English language competency is required.
    • TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge
    • Intensive English Program certificate
    • Previous education in English speaking or Bilingual school with an official certificate
    • Test/Interview with SSBM member staff (75 EUR cost which will be deducted from tuition fees upon enrollment)


Applicants who do not have a Bachelor’s degree in the related field will have to complete 2 management courses prior to being enrolled into master program.


The International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights curriculum is composed of 14 core courses that you can attend. We organize elective courses in collaboration with our business and industry partners on specific topics relevant to global business and management challenges.

* final list of available courses is subject to change

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