Program of the 2nd Level Master Course in  International Protection of Human Rights “Maria Rita Saulle”

The 19th edition of the Master (a.a. 2019-2020) is moving forward through the use of video conferences organized on the Google Meet platform.

Even during the lockdown period, lectures has been provided on-line throughout the Google Meet platform thanks to the commitment of speakers, tutors and the active participation of students.


The Master is a one-year course of study.

Lessons are held on Thursdays and Friday afternoon from 2pm to 6pm, usually from March to October (summer break is scheduled from mid-July to mid-September).

The Scientific Advisory Board, taking into account the purposes of the Master, can define additional training activities, including extracurricular activities, to be carried out during the year.

At the end of one or more modules of the Master, and according to educational needs, intermediate tests for the assessment of the learning level of the participants might be planned.

During the Master’s course, students have the opportunity of an internship at the offices of non-governmental organisations, international organizations, ministries and national and international research organization.

At the end of the Master’s course, students present a paper, aimed to study a specific theme, employing knowledge and methodologies acquired during the year. It will be presented during the final exam in December and will be assessed by a Commission appointed by Scientific Advisory Board.

In order to obtain the master’s degree, students must:

  • collect at least sixty CFU
  • attend at least 75% of lessons 
  • present a written paper at the end of the Master’s course.

With regard to the lesson calendar, the Master is divided into the following Modules which include both seminary and laboratory lectures and intermediate tests:

  • Module I - International Law, Human Rights and Global Dynamics
  • Module II - The United Nations system for the promotion and protection of human rights
  • Module III - Regional protection of human rights with particular reference to the European system
  • Module IV - International Protection of Refugees and Migrants
  • Module V - Human rights in international cooperation for sustainable development
  • Module VI - International crimes, conflicts and crisis situations: the regulatory/institutional/operational tools of the international community
  • Module VII - Planning and Human Rights
  • Module VIII - Legal English applied to human rights

Module I provides also a series of introductory lectures aimed at providing a basic knowledge of international law (sources, subjects, responsibilities, resolving international disputes) to the Master’s participants.

It should also be highlighted that during the Module IV on the international protection of refugees and migrants, students will attend the Training Course on Refugees and Migrants organized by the Department of Political Science of Sapienza University of Rome in collaboration with UNHCR, CIR and Caritas (ten meetings are scheduled to take place on Friday afternoons from 4pm to 6pm on a biweekly basis from February to June).

Finally, the Module VIII on legal English consists of a series of lessons which will take place throughout the Master’s Course.

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