Human Rights and International Law

in person winter 2022


8 – 29 January


extra assignments possible if 8 ECTS is required

2,200 EUR

€200 early bird application discount; additional €400 discount for partner universities


15 September (early bird) 1 November (final)

About winter programme

Masaryk University is located in the judicial capital of the Czech Republic making it a perfect location to study law. This online course takes students through different aspects of international law and how human rights intersect with it. Students will have site visits to the UN in Vienna and Radio Free Europe to discuss how Human Rights intersects with their fields.

This programme uniquely offers students to be taught by esteemed professors, and current members of the court.  

Why this program: This online course seeks to not only expand students’ academic knowledge, but also seeks to pull on the strengths of having students from all over the world enrol. The course will encourage students to learn not just from their professors but also from their peers through in class discussions and group projects.

Learning outcomes: This program is designed to teach students about international law from the European and Czech perspective. As well as enhance students intercultural communication skills through working in group projects with students from other nations.

At the end of the course students should be able to:

  • Understand what the human rights are and how they are structured
  • Key actors and instruments in the field of protection of human rights
  • Limits and conflicts of some of the basic freedoms (e.g. of expression)
  • What is the access to the legal help in the Czech Republic and in CEE region


Academic Overview

Classes take place Monday-Thursday from 9:30-12:30. The site visits and learning outside the classroom takes place in the afternoons and on Fridays. Culture/social activities will take place in the afternoons/nights.

The final essay is included 3 weeks after the end of the programme

Lecture topics:

• Human Rights overview
• Levels of Protection
• Constitutional courts and their role in human rights protection
• Human Dignity
• Equality and Discrimination
• The Right to be Free from Slavery, Servitude, Forced or Compulsory Labor
• Human Rights and Terrorism
• Right to Life
• Right to Fair Trial
• Freedom of Expression v Hate Speech
• Human Rights and International Criminal Law Perspectives

There are site visits arranged to the organizations such as the UN in ViennaOSCE Secretariat in Vienna, Radio Free Europe, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic and experts in the Security field.

What is included in the cost?

Cost: The cost of this program is €2200, with a €200 early bird application discount; additional €400 discount for partner universities.

Tuition includes:

  • Transportation for the weekend trips (Prague, Vienna, Budapest)
  • Accommodation in Brno and weekend trips
  • Tuition for the winter school
  • Academic trips
  • Opening and Closing receptions
  • Culture activities around Brno

Students should budget an additional €400-1000 depending on their spending habits for food in Brno (breakfast, lunch, dinner), weekend trips (lunch and dinner) and fun "optional" activities in Brno, Krakow, Vienna, and Budapest (the underground labyrinth in Brno, Budapest baths, bars, etc.)

Life in Brno

Brno is a great place to live, even if just for a short period of time. As a student city (1/5 of the population are students) and an international city there is always something to do, and the Czech language isn’t a barrier. This means that exploring cafes, teahouses, restaurants and the local sites is easy, even without our amazing assistants. However, because we want you to get the most out of your experience, we have a team of local Czech students to show you their favourite things in Brno!

Best Cafes for coffee and tea
Best Restaurants
Favourite Places in Brno to relax


The team of professional and local students provides the 24/7 assistance from the practical and safety arrangements to creating a rich cultural program helping the participants to understand better culture of Moravia and Central Europe in general. This support is provided both in Brno, as well as on all the field trips. Moreover the staff is trying to assist with creating social activities that aims at enhancing the mutual cultural exchange and understanding.


Students in this program are housed in one of our Residence Halls where both international and Czech students live during the school year. This is a great opportunity to see how student housing is different all around the world (or is similar, depending on what country you are from!). In Brno, students share a room with one other student, while on trips, students are three per room.

Bedding is provided; however, students should bring their own towels. Students will have an opportunity to cook their own meals, some cooking supplies will be provided, as supplies last.

On the field trips, accommodation is arranged at low end hotels or the equivalent. Students are usually accommodated in ensuite rooms with three beds. 

How to apply

Please follow this link and choose the correct programme. Do not forget to include all the necessary information (and documents if requested) including writing a short statement of purpose. We will contact you afterwards to tell you if your application was successful and to discuss the further steps (including the deposit payment) with you.

Student experience

I really enjoyed how interactive the course was, especially considering that it was online. Instead of lecture style teaching, I appreciated that this course allowed discussions and conversations. Overall, this was a great course and would definitely recommend it to students interested in law, philosophy, history, politics and international relations.

Tyler Ekback

USA, University of Glasgow

Life in Brno...

Exploring the city.
Taking in the national sport - Hockey!
Experience Czech culture.
Make friends of a lifetime.

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Martin Glogar

summer school manager


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summer school manager


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