M.A. in Law with specialization in Human Rights and Transitional Justice

Hebrew University in Jerusalem Law Faculty invites applications for its one-year M.A. in Law with specialization in Human Rights and Transitional Justice in English. This program is offered to graduates of B.A. programs in political science, international relations and other academic disciplines related to the fields of human rights and transitional justice.

The M.A. Program offers 20-25 academic courses with top legal experts from Israel, Europe and North America, including courses on international humanitarian law, counter-terrorism law, international courts and tribunals, transitional justice, the law of the United Nations, legal aspects of the Middle-East conflict, international criminal law, international human rights law etc.

The faculty is comprised of top academics and practitioners, including past and present members of the UN Human Rights Committee as well as past and present legal advisers to governments and international organizations such as the UN and the ICRC.

The Program offers an excellent study program in a world-renowned university, located in an intellectually stimulating environment. The city of Jerusalem, with its long history of conflict and diversity, and the State of Israel – a Start-Up Nation confronting difficult international law and human rights challenges, provide an immeasurably valuable context for our students.

We invite all academically and practically inclined students with strong backgrounds in human rights, conflict resolution and transitional justice to apply to the program. We hope you become a part of our growing family of leading human rights and transitional justice experts around the world! 


Admission Requirements: 

Applicants must have a BA degree from an accredited university in political science, international relations or other academic disciplines related to the fields of human rights and transitional justice.

Applicants who did not previously study at an educational institution where the language of instruction was English must submit official TOELFL or IELTS scores. The minimum TOEFL score required is 95 on the Internet-based test. The minimum IELTS score is 7. The minimum Psychometric English subsection /Amiram exam score is 134. The minimum Amir exam score is 234. Lear more on how to meet English proficiency requirements here.

Applicants are required to provide their CV, sample of academic writing, letter of recommendation, and official academic transcripts.

Course of Study

The M.A. Program is comprised of theoretical and practical courses, workshops, and seminars, which provide a substantial interdisciplinary grounding in fields such as human rights and transitional justice, and comparative and historical courses, in which the students are exposed to key cases dealt countries faced throughout history. Special emphasis will be given to the Israeli-Arab conflict and its resolution.

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Tuition is $16,000. Accommodations in the dorms and health insurance are at an additional cost.

Scholarships and stipends are available to qualified students. Please contact Ms. Shanie Rabinowitz, program coordinator for more information: shaniebe@savion.huji.ac.il

Additional scholarships available:

  • MASA - For more information please see here.
  • Rothberg International School - The International programs, held in conjunction with Rothberg International School, offer a variety of scholarships to qualified candidates. For more information please see here.

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