Human Rights Programme

Master of Laws (LL.M) degree in Human Rights

The University of Hong Kong's LL.M in Human Rights was established in 1999 to meet the increasing demand for practical and theoretical knowledge about human rights throughout the Asian region. 

Our goals are to equip students with a thorough understanding of the relevant international, regional, and domestic human rights norms and mechanisms and how to use them effectively.  Our teaching focuses on substantive and procedural international law issues relevant to the practice of human rights, but we also draw from international relations, history, politics, philosophy, sociology and other disciplines to ensure that law is understood in context. While the degree is international and encompasses human rights developments around the world, we pay close attention to issues that are most relevant to Asia.

Students have come from over twenty countries and have included government officials, journalists, human rights lawyers, the staff of national human rights institutions and NGOs and academics among others.  Graduates have gone on to work effectively at the forefront of the promotion and protection of human rights and they are part of the growing community working to improve the quality of human life within and outside Asia. 

Former teaching staff and visitors have included Andrew Byrnes, former director of the degree and currently at the University of New South Wales, Hurst Hannum, former Y.K Pao Chair of Public Law and currently Professor of International Law at the Fletcher School, Stephen P. Marks and Henry Steiner from Harvard University, Raul Pangalangan and Virginia Dandan from the University of the Philippines, Professor Deepika Udagama from the University of Colomba, Asbjörn Eide from the Norwegian Center for Human Rights and Li-Ann Thio from the National University of Singapore among others.






LL.M(HR) degree


Kelley Loper



For enquiries about the programme, please contact:

Department of Law
University of Hong Kong
Cheng Yu Tung Tower
Pokfulam Road
Hong Kong

Tel: (852) 3917 2953
Fax: (852) 2549 8495


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