|Abbreviation||FT / PT|
|LLM(HR)||FT / PT|
The Master of Laws in Human Rights Programme [LLM(HR)] 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 include 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 attract students from a broad range of backgrounds including lawyers, judges, the staff of national human rights institutions and NGOs, journalists, doctors, scholars, government officials, and many others. This diversity has enriched the learning experience and contributed to a vibrant international alumni network.
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.
Mode of Attendance
Full Time (one year)
Part Time (two years)
Medium of Instruction
Programme Entrance Requirements
Applicants must comply with the General Regulations 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; and
(4) For a candidate 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 of the application deadline.
Subject to satisfying the above entrance requirements, applications are considered based on the applicant's previous academic record, relevant experiences, references, personal statements and other information as validly provided in an application submission, and in view of applications received from other applicants and taking into account the quota for the programme.
(1) In view of the large number of applications, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their application early;
(2) Supporting documents must be submitted within three weeks from the date of application;
(3) In the event you expect to be unable, despite best efforts, to satisfy all documentary requirements; you are encouraged to submit the application together with a note explaining the situation and indicating when the outstanding documents are expected to be provided;
(4) Failure to complete the documentations may result in delay in consideration of the application. An application will not be reviewed and acted upon until it is complete.
Programme Admissions Advisor(s)
|Ms. Lindsay Ernst / Ms. Kelley Loper|
List of Programmes
Full Time: 12:00 noon (GMT +8), February 28, 2022 (Monday)
Part Time: 12:00 noon (GMT +8), February 28, 2022 (Monday)