The Master of Laws (LLM) in Human Rights Programme (“Programme”) was established in 1999 in response to the growing demand for knowledge about human rights in the Asia-Pacific region. The Programme focuses on human rights issues of global concern, including in the Asia-Pacific region, and aims to foster an active learning environment. The diverse range of courses enables students to (1) understand the international human rights legal framework, (2) reflect on key human rights challenges from global, regional, and domestic perspectives, and (3) apply their knowledge to advocate for real change. The curriculum covers human rights law but draws on other disciplines such as history, politics, philosophy, and sociology to ensure the law is understood in context. It also has a clinical option so students can apply what they learn in practice.
Teachers have included renowned experts in the field from around the world including eminent scholars, judges, United Nations (UN) human rights mandate holders, and heads of non-governmental organisations.
We have attracted students from a broad range of backgrounds including lawyers, judges, advocates working for national human rights institutions and civil society organisations, journalists, doctors, scholars, government officials, and many others. This diversity has enriched the learning experience and contributed to a vibrant international alumni network.
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 applicants) and the Wong Family Scholarships* (for applicants from jurisdictions outside of Hong Kong, especially within the Asian region) are available for application. Full or partial scholarships will be awarded to a limited number of qualified students enrolled in the Programme.
*Tuition and living expenses are covered
For September 2021 Entry
Wednesday, 20 January 2021
A copy of the powerpoint presentation can be downloaded here.
The application for admissions for 2021-2022 is now closed.
If you would like to apply for 2022-2023, please visit our website in late November / early December 2021 for update.