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    2 years

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    MA, LLM

  • Last Updated

    20 September 2018

The LLM programme in Human Rights in the Digital Society was created to address new developments and challenges in law and society that have arisen in connection with the ever-increasing digitalisation.

The programme provides a unique opportunity engage with questions like what are the limits of the freedom of speech online or what is sovereignty over the digital environment? Or how to balance human rights in the online environment? This programme will provide students with the skill-set necessary analyse the effects of digitalisation on human rights and law in general. The courses have a balance between theory and practical problems and assignments. The students will be encouraged to take a critical perspective, research topical issues that they feel passionate about and highlight flaws in the current system.


Who are we looking for?

The LLM programme in Human Rights in the Digital Society is ideal for students who have a passion for human rights and a desire to make an impact in either the public or private sphere. But it is also tailored for those who have a keen interest in how the internet has changed the way societies functions and in the problems that arise when you try to apply traditional legal rules to the online world. The programme has been developed to allow you to focus on one of these main issues (human rights and digitalisation), while also gaining an understanding of the other. You do not need any detailed knowledge of law or digitalisation to study on this programme, just enthusiasm and motivation to develop the necessary skills and knowledge during your studies.

Why study with us?

  • Good quality and varied studies that will provide a deep understanding of different aspects of human rights in the digital era.
  • The lecturers have international networks that make it possible to arrange exciting international events that students can participate in.
  • After graduating you will have a broad range of international and domestic career paths to choose from – e.g. international organisations, courts, NGOs, media companies.
  • The research focus of the programme guarantees that you will develop the skills and knowledge necessary for doctoral studies.
  • Unique opportuity to explore the impact of digitalisation on society in general and human rights in particular.

Course outline

The programme courses are scheduled on weekdays and the normal time to complete the programme is four semesters. The programme is composed of compulsory law courses (54 ECTS), elective law courses (24/36 ECTS), open elective courses (6 ECTS), the master’s thesis (24 ECTS) and a mandatory internship (6 ECTS). The aim of the internship is to give students an opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge acquired in the classroom by working under the direction of a practicing legal professional. The students also participate in an interdisciplinary project (6 ECTS), which provides another opportunity to practice the skills they have developed. The courses include a mix of subjects that deal with human rights and digitalisation and also provide an opportunity to develop research skills throughout the four semesters.

The study programme develops knowledge and skills that open up different career paths in the modern legal world. Different opportunities will be available to you in both the public and private sectors.

Public sector:

  • Jobs in international organisations like the UN, European Council and the EU – all these institutions have an increasing need for specialists in human rights and digitalisation.
  • Jobs in international courts – both the European Court of Human Rights and the European Court of Justice need more experts that can advise judges on topical human rights issues.
  • Domestic public sector – public management institutions of EU and ohter states have to modernise their understanding of international law and human rights, in light of new developments, so there is a demand for experts with the necessary knowledge who can engage with these new challenges.
  • Academia – since the study programme has a research focus, it will prepare you for advanced studies in doctoral programmes around the world.

Private sector:

  • Media companies – both globaal and regionaal media companies face obligations of ensuring human rights in their daily activities. Teams are being formed, which are tasked to develop and implement internal rules in this area.
  • Legal consultancy companies – more and more disputes arise regarding relationships and violations in the digital space.
  • NGOs – both large International NGOs like Human Rights Watch and NGOs with local importance have to take into account of the globaal developments in International law and human rights.

Why School of Governance, Law and Society?

  • The lecturers have international networks that make it possible to arrange exciting international events that students can participate in.
  • Our alumni have been very successful in finding jobs. Our alumni include members of parliament, judges, prosecutors, notaries, attorneys, public officials etc.
  • SOGOLAS and the law study area are at the forefront of implenting a broad range of innovative study methods, which make your studies varied and exciting. You will develop different transferrable skills like conducting research, critical analysis, synthesis of complex ideas and presentation skills.
  • Modern study environment – SOGOLAS is located in the new science building of Tallinn University – Astra – that has great conditions for study and leisure. There is a library with a study room that is open 24h, a stuent cafe and a cosy atrium. E-study opportunities are widely used as courses incorporate online materials, video lectures, tests, etc.
  • International opportunities – SOGOLAS has dozens of ERASMUS partnership contracts that makes it possible for you to go abroad to enjoy European student life.

Visit the LLM Human Rights in the Digital Society page on the Tallinn University website for more details!




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