Educational activities SIM

SIM offers human rights courses at the Bachelor level within the Law School and at University College Utrecht. It also offers the human rights and conflict and security specializations within the master Public International Law, participates in the Utrecht MA Conflict Studies and Human Rights, the Legal Research Master, other LLM programmes at Utrecht Law School, and the prestigious European MA Human Rights and Democratisation in Venice. In addition, SIM organizes every year a Summer School on Human Rights.

Human Rights Specialization in the LLM Public International Law

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Within the LLM programme on Public International Law, SIM offers a very popular specialization on human rights. In two key courses (on human rights institutions and principles and on substantive human rights) and a wide range of thematic capita selecta courses, this track enables you to acquire both the broad overview and skills of a generalist and the in-depth knowledge of a specialist.
Within the LLM progeamme on Public International Law, SIM also offers a track on conflict and security, dealing with subject like  self-defense against non-state actors, nuclear proliferation and the sale of arms, UN sanctions and peacekeeping operations, the protection of vulnerable persons in armed conflict, and the conduct of military operations.

More information: Public International Law

MA Conflict Studies and Human Rights

MA Conflict Studies

The award-winning multidisciplinary Master's programme Conflict Studies and Human Rights focuses on both the dynamics of violent conflict, the problems associated with international military and humanitarian interventions and the nexus with human rights.
More information: Conflict Studies and Human Rights.

EMA Global Campus of Human Rights

E.MA Human Rights and Democratisation

The unique European Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation, in which SIM participates, is a one-year advanced multidisciplinary Master's focused on human rights and democracy. The programme includes one semester in Venice and one semester at one of the many participating universities, including Utrecht.
More information: EMA, The European Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation.

SIM Summer School on Human Rights

SIM Summer School

SIM offers summer courses annually, always including at least one which offers an introduction on the major features of human rights law. The courses can be combined in tracks with one of the other summer schools of Utrecht University, the largest in Europe. More information: Summer School International Human Rights Law

Human Rights Courses for Exchange Students

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Utrecht University offers a wide range of English-language courses at the Bachelor level, including a number specifically related to human rights and transitional justice. For a full overview, see Information for exchange students School of Law, where you will find the 'List of Bachelor's courses' under Available Courses.

MOOC: Human Rights for Open Societies

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Our free online course on the European Convention on Human Rights. In this course, we will introduce you to one of the world’s most intricate human rights systems: the European Convention on Human Rights. Equip yourself and learn more about what human rights are and how they work. Register now on Coursera!