The degree of Master of Laws in Human Rights is offered by the Faculty of Law as a response to the increasing interest in and relevance of human rights standards in Asia and elsewhere. The programme focuses on problems and perspectives which are of particular concern to the Asia-Pacific region, while at the same time ensuring that participants engage with universal human rights issues and the perspectives of other regional systems.
Students are required to complete 72 credits, including three 9-credit compulsory courses and a capstone experience in accordance with the regulations for this degree and the syllabus. Students may choose courses from the course outlines of individual areas of law below, and courses from any of the specialist programmes, but in any event no more than two courses from other LLM specialist programmes.
(Each of the courses listed below carries 9 credits unless otherwise stated.)
- Capstone course
- LLAW6014 18-credit Dissertation*
- LLAW6054 9-credit Dissertation*
- LLAW6242 Human rights in practice
- *LLAW6014 and LLAW6054 are mutually exclusive.
- Compulsory courses
- LLAW6068 Human rights: history, theory and politics
- LLAW6072 International and regional protection of human rights
- LLAW6075 National protection of human rights
- LLAW6268 Administrative law and governance in China
- LLAW6228 Advanced legal theory
- LLAW6058 Armed conflict, humanitarian law and human rights
- LLAW6229 Arms control and disarmament law
- LLAW6153 Business and human rights
- LLAW6232 Clinical legal education programme – refugee stream
- LLAW6262 Comparative law of elections
- LLAW6220 Constitutionalism in emerging states
- LLAW6267 Courts
- LLAW6060 Current issues in human rights
- LLAW6152 Dealing with legacies of human rights violations
- LLAW6060 Current issues in human rights
- LLAW6062 Economic, social and cultural rights
- LLAW6063 Equality and non-discrimination
- LLAW6064 Ethnicity, human rights and democracy
- LLAW6119 Human rights and cyberspace
- LLAW6034 Human rights in Hong Kong
- LLAW6070 Human rights in the People’s Republic of China
- LLAW6036 International criminal law
- LLAW6007 International dispute settlement
- LLAW6037 International environmental law
- LLAW6189 International law and modernity for a multipolar world
- LLAW6190 International law in a world of crises
- LLAW6182 International organisations
- LLAW6073 International protection of refugees and displaced persons
- LLAW6288 Introduction to European Union law
- LLAW6231 Justice
- LLAW6199 Law and policy
- LLAW6146 Law and religion
- LLAW6290 Law and society in South East Asia
- LLAW6289 Law, governance and development in Asia
- LLAW6179 Multiculturalism and the law
- LLAW6046 Privacy and data protection
- LLAW6109 Public international law
- LLAW6144 Rights and remedies in the criminal process
- LLAW6240 Security and human rights
- LLAW6221 Selected problems of the European convention on human rights
- LLAW6076 Seminar in human rights research
- LLAW6215 Seminar on human rights and constitutionalism in Asia
NOTE: Not all courses will be offered in any given year. For actual courses available, please refer to annual course offerings.
Applicants must comply with the General Regulations and Regulations for Taught Postgraduate Curricula, and fulfil at least one of requirements (1) to (3) below AND (if applicable) requirement (4):
(1) hold a degree of Bachelor of Laws with at least second class honours or an equivalent qualification accepted by the University for this purpose; or
(2) hold a degree in a discipline other than law with at least second class honours accepted by the University for this purpose and have at least two years relevant experience and professional qualifications; or
(3) have obtained either the Common Professional Examination of England and Wales or the Common Professional Examination Certificate of this University, provided that in either case a second class honours degree or a qualification of equivalent standard of this University or another comparable institution accepted for this purpose has also been obtained;
(4) for an applicant who is seeking admission on the basis of a qualification from a university or comparable institution outside Hong Kong of which the language of teaching and/or examination is not English, shall satisfy the Faculty English language requirement with one of the following recognized English tests:
(i) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) – a score of 593 or above (paper-based test) or 97 or above (internet-based test); or
(ii) International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – an overall band score of 7 or above with no subtest below 6.5;
in each case, for admissions purposes, the test score report is regarded as valid for two years.
The Pam Baker scholarships in Human Rights (for local students only) and the Wong Family Scholarships (for non-local students from Asian countries only) are available. Please click the links to the application forms for more information. The scholarships’ application deadline is the same as the programme’s application deadline.
More information of the programme can also be found at the Human Rights Hub, the Centre for Comparative and Public Law and the Human Rights Portal pages.
Online application for admission in September 2019 has yet to open.
Please visit this page again in November/December 2018.
Deadline: Hong Kong Time 12:00 noon, 28 February 2019.