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Degree/Diploma Offerings

Ibrahim Shihata Memorial LL.M. Degree in Comparative and International Law 

The first of its kind to offer American style legal education in the Arab World, the LL.M. program is intended for law school graduates who seek the necessary legal skills to contribute effectively in a global economy and to develop the critical capacities necessary to engage in public policy debates over law and development.Named in memory of the late Dr Ibrahim Shihata, General Counsel and Senior VP of the World Bank, the Master of Laws (LL.M.) Degree Program in International and Comparative Law seeks to offer a space of intellectual rigor and academic excellence where questions of legal reform and development can receive the thoughtful attention they deserve.

MA in International Human Rights Law

International human rights law (IHRL) examines protection of the individual and groups as developed through the United Nations, other international institutions, and at regional and domestic levels in the North and South. The program seeks to give students a thorough grounding in the theoretical underpinnings of human rights law as well as the methods of solid multidisciplinary research that are required for investigating legal issues pertaining to human rights. It is intended for those presently working, or intending to work, in human rights organizations, governmental departments and agencies concerned with humanitarian issues, or in other public, private and international sectors where there is a growing need for people who have an understanding of the law as well as the legal consequences of human rights within an international framework. 

 GRADUATE DIPLOMAS

The law department offers two graduate diplomas in law:

 

  • Diploma in international and comparative law
  • Diploma in international human rights law

 

 

 

Diploma in International and Comparative Law (LLM)

The graduate diploma in international and comparative law is intended for law school graduates seeking to enhance their knowledge in international and comparative law, and acquire the intellectual tools to advance academically and professionally. The diploma offers the opportunity to explore in-depth a range of topics in international and comparative law. With a flexible curriculum, students can tailor their courses selections to focus on their topics of interest. Applicants must have a law degree with a grade of gayyid (good) or its equivalent for full admission.

Diploma Requirements

Admitted diploma candidates should normally start their course sequence in the fall semester. A total of 18 credit hours is required. Diploma students follow the same academic cycle of the LLM in international and comparative law. Graduating diploma students may choose to continue their study toward an LLM at the law department. Fulfilling the credits requirement of the diploma normally calls for two semesters of study. Diploma candidates are not required to write a thesis.


Diploma in International Human Rights Law (IHRL)

The graduate diploma in international human rights law is intended for graduate students seeking to update their knowledge in human rights law and acquire the intellectual tools to advance academically and professionally. The diploma examines in-depth a range of topics in human rights and humanitarian law. With a flexible curriculum, students may shape their schedules to focus on their topics of interest. Applicants should have an acceptable bachelor's degree in law, political science or a closely related social science (preferably with a minor in political science or legal studies) and an overall grade of gayyid giddan or a grade point average of 3.0.

Diploma Requirements

 

Admitted diploma candidates should normally start their course sequence in the fall semester. A total of 18 credit hours is required. Diploma students follow the exact academic cycle of the master's in international human rights law. Graduating diploma students may choose to continue their study at the law department toward an MA in international human rights law. Fulfilling the credits requirement of the diploma normally calls for two semesters of study. Diploma candidates are not required to write a thesis