September 2018 - August 2019
Application start 20 November 2017
Application end 28 February 2018
Application end (with scholarship) 31 January 2018


This one-year unique and innovative programme (60 ECTS) combines high-level academic education and real-world practice in the field of transitional justice. One of the very few courses on this subject in Europe, it focuses on an expanding field where there is a strong need for well-trained professionals.

Students of the Master in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law during a course Students of the Master in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law during a course

The programme of the Master in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law  is structured around the following components.

Mandatory Courses

Mandatory courses are structured in five modules that cover central theoretical and practical issues in the fields of transitional justice, human rights and the rule of law.

Clinical Work

Clinical work is an essential part of the programme. It exposes students to contemporary transitional justice issues and provides them with the necessary skills to work in the field.

A One-Week Spring School

The Transitional Justice Spring School, a special one-week course, discusses cutting-edge issues in transitional justice. It is held in Spring Semester and is also open to external participants.

The Writing of a Master’s Paper

The master’s paper gives students an opportunity to investigate a subject of special interest to them, deepening their knowledge and expertise through research as well as exchanges with experts, scholars and practitioners.

Four Tracks in the Spring Semester

During the Spring Semester, students can choose between the following tracks:

Optional Courses

Optional courses address topical issues like the rule of law in practice, peacebuilding in post-conflict and fragile situations or the case law and practice of international criminal law.

Research Internships

Research internships with leading actors and agencies in the field of transitional justice allow our students to acquire first-hand professional experience via

Moot Court

The Nuremberg Moot Court, organized by the International Nuremberg Principles Academy and held in Courtroom 600 of the Nuremberg Palace of Justice, allows our students to plead on issues related to international criminal justice.

Extended Master’s Paper

Our students can work on an extended version of their master’s paper and be directly involved in academic activities such as seminars and workshops.

Transitional Justice Cafés

This unique series of events allow our students to get exposure to practical situations, to have in-depth discussions with leading experts and practitioners in the field of transitional justice and to develop their networks.

 Study Trip

In the second semester students have the opportunity to go on a study trip to learn about leading institutions and organizations active in the field of transitional justice.