Justice & Human Rights Justice & Human Rights

This program will enhance your knowledge of international law and human rights by analyzing the legal aspects and political context behind major modern conflicts and human rights violations in Europe.



The program is right for you if you study political science, international relations, government, human rights, or global studies. The real world experience you will gain in this course is highly valuable for students interested in applying to law school.


>> Humanitarian Law and Armed Conflict
Examine human rights and the laws of armed conflict, and how they apply to contemporary conflicts. Analyze current events such as piracy off the coast of Somalia, the killing of Osama Bin Laden, and recent European armed conflicts in a legal context. Develop an understanding of the legal aspects regulating modern conflicts and how they interact with the political environment.


DIS has over 190 elective courses for you to build your curriculum from after choosing your required core course. You have to opportunity to focus on your major or diversify by selecting any combination of courses based on your needs. Click here for electives related to international relations, legal studies,political science, and more.

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Law School in Your Future?

The program has been built to ensure you acquire analytical skills in international legal methods, applying real life examples and case studies with faculty that teach what they do in the real world! If you plan to apply for law school, this program is a great fit for you!


Talking with local students – many the same age as me – was the most striking part of my long study tour. During the Bosnian War, Sarajevo was under siege for four years… it is amazing what some people have lived through, and how easy my life has been in comparison.

The experience was numbing; so direct, so shocking, so real. I’ve been to Auschwitz, Gettysburg, and Normandy, but this was different. I wasn’t looking at pictures and videos and there was no historical or generational gap here. These were the actual people that lived through this hell, and many of them are my age. These are my peers.

Nicholas Fedyk Georgetown University

A Unique Housing Opportunity

Consider applying to live in the Social Justice Living & Learning Community with fellow students who enjoy civic engagement and wish to be active with an international NGO while in Denmark. 

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