The LLM in Human Rights Programme was designed to educate and equip students with academic and practical knowledge about international human rights law and its regional and domestic implementation.  It covers substantive and procedural law relevant to the practice of human rights and also draws on materials and concepts from other disciplines including international relations, history, politics, philosophy, and sociology to ensure that the law is understood in context.  While the curriculum is international and considers human rights developments around the world, it focuses on issues of particular relevance to Asia.

The Programme is celebrating its 20th anniversary in the academic year of 2019/2020, and will launch a series of social and professional networking activities in hopes to enhance the students and alumni network.  Please stay tuned!


MODE OF study

Full-time: 1 Year
Part-time: 2 Years


Kelley Loper

Lindsay Ernst


Deputy Director

Karen Kong



Visit here for more information about the programme requirements and application.




Our commitment to top quality teaching requires flexibility and imagination. Classes consist of lectures, seminars and mixed formats including group work. All classes require active student participation and students often take part in simulated exercises. The diversity of experience in the classroom is enhanced through participation by other post-graduate students including PhD candidates, JD students, exchange students and Masters level students from other programmes.

Our teaching staff and visitors are experts in their fields. The learning experience is greatly enhanced by the contribution of a rich variety of visiting experts which have included former judges of the European Court of Human Rights, independent experts serving as special rapporteurs appointed by the UN Human Rights Council, and other distinguished scholars and practitioners.



—Compulsory Courses—

◦LLAW6072 International and Regional Protection of Human Rights

◦LLAW6068 Human Rights History, Theory and Politics

◦LLAW6075 National Protection of Human Rights


◦LLAW6242 Human Rights in Practice (Experiential Learning); OR

◦LLAW6054/6014 Supervised Dissertation (10,000/20,000 words)



The LLM(HR) Programme offers students a variety of elective courses options - click below to find out more.


The Pam Baker scholarships in Human Rights (for local students) and the Wong Family Scholarships (for non-local students from developing countries) are available. Please click the links to the application forms for more information.

The scholarships’ application deadline is the same as the programme’s application deadline.

In addition, the University administers a multitude of scholarships and prizes which are primarily merit-based. For more information on HKU Scholarships and financial assistance, please click below.



The Curriculum Team has been keeping students of the Programme informed of various local and international internship opportunities or fellowship schemes offered by NGOs, foreign law schools, human rights institutes, UN agencies, courts, which includes:


  • The European Court of Human Rights

  • The Open Society Foundations

  • International Organisation for Migration

  • International Committee of the Red Cross

  • HELP for Domestic Workers

  • ResolveHK

  • PILnet

  • the Equal Opportunities Commission

Yvonne Leung

Recipient of the ECtHR Internship 2019

The HKU Faculty of Law, in cooperation with the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), offers a six-month internship with the ECtHR situated in Strasbourg, France.  I am Yvonne Leung, a BSS(GL), LLB and PCLL graduate at HKU.  It is my utmost honour to have been chosen as the study visitor sent to the ECtHR for the first year of this programme.  During these six months, I have the opportunity to work with lawyers and personnel from all over the world in the ECtHR.  Assigned to the Research Division, I am under the supervision of a criminal law expert from Croatia. At the same time, I am meeting with experts of all around the world.  I am entrusted with projects that fall exactly into my areas of interest, for example, to develop a guide on European Convention of Human Rights articles and case laws in relation to mass protests, as well as formulating comparative law reports for superior courts of member states of the Council of Europe.  This experience of working in a leading human rights judicial institution is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for widening my horizon.  I can be emerged in an environment sharpening both my practical skills and academic knowledge for six months.  There are no better ways to equip myself to become a capable legal practitioner in the area of public law in the near future when I return to Hong Kong.

Relevant Articles

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Our programme has attracted a diverse cohort of students from a broad range of educational and professional backgrounds and national origins. This diversity has enhanced teaching and learning by promoting a dynamic classroom environment and pedagogy that emphasizes respectful debate and the sharing of different views. The variety of student experiences also contributes to the substance of the curriculum. Students tend to form strong bonds and continue to share information after they graduate.

To download the brochure for international students, click below.


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.


The University of Hong Kong has academic links with more than 400 overseas universities and hosts over 10,000 international students. About 67% of its academic staff come from overseas.



“An interesting range of subjects from both practical and theoretical inspiring method of teaching...and "abundant discussions, workshops, case studies and sharing [of] knowledge."

—  Tek Kunwar, a Judge in Nepal
(2008 graduate) 



Programme Brochure 2019/2020

This project is supported by the HKU Knowledge Exchange Fund granted by the University Grants Committee.