Master in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action
The Master in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action at PSIA offers innovative training by taking an approach that intertwines human rights and humanitarian action.
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.
This intensive two-year program is divided into three academic semesters and one semester away from our campus (dedicated to either a professional internship, an exchange study program at a partner university, or a master thesis).
Each academic semester, students study Master core courses addressing major themes of the Human Rights and Humanitarian fields. The program offers indispensable courses in international law, global/regional institutional frameworks and actors, gender and human security. It also offers students the opportunity to develop their strategic skills for their future career that include advocacy, negotiation, or project management and evaluation.
PSIA’s Pedagogical Committee approved an amended degree structure for students starting PSIA degree programs in September 2020. Further details about the structural changes can be found here.
Here is the new degree structure for the Master in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action:
If you choose the Enhanced Master option in place of a second concentration, you have to choose one course from a specific list in semester 1, and choose one course in one of the three optional blocks in semesters 2 and 4.
The Enhanced Master option is particularly relevant if you plan to apply to the Advanced Certification in Gender Studies or the Law School Clinic, or are interested to take the year-long Capstone course International Law in Action.
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).
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.
- Fall courses - Semester 1
- Fall courses - Semester 3
- Spring courses - Semester 2
- Spring courses - Semester 4
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.