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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 Programme 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.

Students on the LL.M Human Rights programme also benefit from an informal series of Rights Talks hosted by the Centre for Comparative and Public Law (CCPL) and other relevant events held at the University of Hong Kong.


Reflections on a Master of Laws in Human Rights Program in Asia, by Kelley Loper, 2011

In: Jefferson R. Plantilla, Human Rights Education in Asia-Pacific. Osaka, Japan, The Asia-Pacific Human Rights Information Center, 2011, 2: 215-224. (Publication No.: 192121)


For more information, please visit the following websites:

LL.M Human Rights Programme at the University of Hong Kong

Postgraduate Programmes – Master of Laws in Human Rights [LLM(HR)]

For enquiries about the programme, please contact Pamela Tam.

For Student Insights, please click here.

To apply for the Wong Family Scholarship for this Programme, click here.

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  Kelley Loper



Farzana Aslam
Department of Professional Legal Education

Tony Carty
Sir Y.K. Pao Chair of Public Law

Johannes Chan SC
Dean, Faculty of Law

Michael Davis
Visiting Professor

James Fry
Assistant Professor

Fu Hualing
Professor and Head, Faculty of Law

Puja Kapai
Assistant Professor

Karen Kong
Assistant Professor and Deputy Director LL.M (HR)

Chin Leng Lim
Associate Dean

Kelley Loper
Assistant Professor and Director LL.M (HR)

Simon Young
Associate Professor and Director CCPL

Former teaching staff and visitors have included:

Andrew Byrnes
University of New South Wales

Jill Cottrell
University of Hong Kong

Virginia Dandan
University of the Philippines

Asbjörn Eide
Norwegian Center for Human Rights

Yash P. Ghai
Emeritus Professor and
former Sir Y.K. Pao Chair of
Public Law

Hurst Hannum
Fletcher School

Suzannah Linton
Bangor University

Stephen P. Marks
Harvard University

Raul Pangalangan
University of the Philippines

Carole J. Petersen
University of Hawaii

Lyal Sunga
Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and
Humanitarian Law

Li-Ann Thio
National University of Singapore

Deepika Udagama
University of Colombia