Master in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action

General objectives

The Master in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action at PSIA offers innovative training by taking an approach that intertwines human rights and humanitarian action.

Main orientations and specific features

This program provides students with a unique blend of core social science theoretical and practical approaches (including philosophy, history, sociology and anthropology) to humanitarianism and human rights intended to deconstruct the intuitive familiarity between the two fields.

The teaching and learning objective is to give students the tools for strong analytical contextualisation that gives both depth and breadth to the challenges, dilemmas and stakes in the fields of human rights and humanitarian action.

It offers indispensable courses in international law, global/regional institutional frameworks and actors. It also offers students the opportunity to develop their strategic skills for their future career that include advocacy, negotiation, or monitoring and evaluation. .

Depending on their career goals, students can specialise during their second year in either the field of human rights or humanitarian action.

Career opportunities

Master of Human Rights and Humanitarian Action graduates may consider a variety of careers: NGOs, the diplomatic corps/national administrations, international organisations, journalism, and with a prior qualifying course of study, law (practising lawyer, international and regional courts of justice).

Scientific advisor

Bruno Stagno Ugarte is Deputy Executive Director at Human Rights Watch since September 2014. Previously, he was Executive Director of Security Council Report from 2011-2014, Foreign Minister of Costa Rica from 2006-2010, Ambassador to the United Nations from 2002-2006 and Chief of Staff of the Foreign Ministry from 1998-2000, among other foreign service postings. He also served as the President of the Assembly of States Parties of the International Criminal Court from 2005-2008 and Co-President of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Article 14 Conferences from 2007-2009. He is a graduate of the School of Foreign Service of Georgetown University, the Sorbonne and the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University and author or editor of several books, chapters and articles. In 2011 he was made an Officier de la Légion d'Honneur. He is fluent in English, French and Spanish.



Scientific Advisor: Bruno Stagno Ugarte

Academic Advisor: Tina Robiolle

Office hours (by appointment only): 
Mondays 2-5pm, Tuesdays 10-1pm, Thursdays 10-1pm 

Academic Assistant: Laure Bihiet  

Secretariat open Monday/Tuesday/Thursday 9:30-12:45 2:15-4:45.
Wednesday/Friday 9:30-12:45

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