Public International Law/Human Rights Scholarship

Deadline: 15 March 2013
Open to: candidates with bachelor’s or master’s degree in law or related fields from Russia; Byelorussia; Ukraine; Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro and Serbia; Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan.
Scholarship: 7 full scholarships covering tuition fee (6500 USD) for the academic year 2013/2014 and living and accommodation expenses (5250 USD); plus 7 tuition fee scholarships

Description

The Riga Graduate School of Law announces the following scholarships for an LL.M programme in Public International Law and Human Rights funded by the Open Society Foundation (OSF):

  • 7 full Scholarships covering tuition fee (6500 USD) for the academic year 2013/2014 and living and accommodation expenses (5250 USD)
  • 7 tuition fee Scholarships covering tuition fee for the academic year 2013/2014

The programme is aimed at students interested in working with international public law issues, including human rights, in a national or international environment. It offers in-depth studies in fundamental issues of public international law and human rights law, the interaction between the two areas of law, and in current trends of their development.

Courses cover following topics:

  • theory and development of international public law and human rights law
  • international humanitarian law and conflict resolution
  • international criminal law
  • European human rights law
  • business and human rights

The programme consists of academic studies and thesis writing. Following successful completion, students are awarded a master’s degree (LL.M) in Public International Law and Human Rights.

The programme is competitive and very prestigious. The Programme is based at the RGSL located in Riga, Latvia.

Eligibility

The programme is available to individuals with bachelor’s or master’s degree in law or related fields. Applicants must:

  1. Satisfy standard RGSL entry requirements (with respect to educational background and English proficiency);
  2. Have experience in the fields of public international law or human rights for a minimum of one year;
  3. Indicate in the application: current place of employment and specify in detail the applicant’s plan to return to work in the field of public service after completing the LL.M programme.
  4. Eligible countries:
    • Russia;
    • Byelorussia;
    • Ukraine;
    • all countries listed in region of South Eastern Europe: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro and Serbia;
    • all countries listed in  region of Central Eurasia: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan.

Application

Applicants for scholarship must fill out a current Open Society Foundation Scholarship Online APPLICATION FORM HERE.

The following documents should be attached to the application form:

  • A legalized copy of the diploma/degree and diploma/degree transcript with an English translation.
  • Official results of English competency exams: TOEFL, Institutional TOEFL or IELTS not older than 3 years. The required minimum result is 525 points for TOEFL (for a computer test – 196; Internet based test – 69-70) and 5.5 for IELTS.
  • A passport copy.
  • 2 (two) recommendation letters from a professional or academic contact describing the applicant’s academic record, achievements and activities (research, community service, and programme development) in Public International Law, Human Rights or related discipline;
  • A letter of motivation from the applicant that describes the insights he or she gained from achievements and activities (research, community service, and programme development) in Public International Law or Human Rights. The limit is two pages with 1.5 spacing (Times New Roman).

If the diploma or degree is obtained outside Latvia, academic recognition has to be made by the Latvian Academic Information Centre (AIC). The application is registered after review from AIC is requested and received by the RGSL. The final decision regarding the qualification for admission is taken by RGSL.

An application is considered completed only when the RGSL has received all required documents. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to invite applicants for personal interviews.

You can obtain additional information about the RGSL, application procedure, studies curriculum and practical issues from Anda Lesina, the Head of Study Department at [email protected] or by phone at +371 6703 9206.

For more information, please see the official website HERE.

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