Constitutional law and human rights is becoming increasingly important, in Sweden, Europe and around the world, and constitutional and human rights issues are increasingly becoming a part of intense political and legal debate. By studying and comparing the constitutional legal frameworks and human rights of different national, regional, and international legal orders, the programme will prepare students for analysing and solving constitutional and human rights issues in many jurisdictions.
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"The awesome professors make the students interests in law grow even more."
The programme addresses key concepts and theories of European and international constitutional law and human rights involving in-depth studies of rule of law, constitutionalism and fundamental principles; human rights law; and finally balance of power and constitutional enforcement. The programme is taught in English.
The programme is taught in a creative and dynamic research and teaching environment at the department of law, where different legal disciplines intermingle and enrich the student's learning. On-line learning platforms are used to communicate and provide timely updates and tasks. The different backgrounds of Swedish and international students create a mix of experiences and viewpoints on constitutional and human rights issues, which combined with the extensive experience of the faculty will foster dynamic and exciting discussions.
3. Balance of Power and Constitutional Enforcement, 15 credits
4. Independent written essay within the field of constitutional law and human rights, 15 credits.
Successful students will acquire in-depth knowledge of constitutional law and human rights which is becoming ever more important in both national and international legal orders. A comprehensive knowledge in these areas prepare students for work in all legal fields and is desired by employers in many different legal and non-legal spheres.
Knowledge of constitutional and human rights law is increasingly becoming vital in positions both within the EU, national governmental agencies, international organizations, judicial bodies and law firms. Students with this knowledge are well prepared for work in all such areas, and are considered favourable, both now and in the longer run. The programme also prepares students for an academic research career in constitutional law and human rights.
Further information for international applicants, in particular from outside of the EU/EES area is available from the international office:
Please note that since the program runs for one academic year - your resident permit will likely not last for a full calendar year. This means that you will not be eligible for a Swedish personal number and thus not covered by free health care on the same conditions as Swedish citizens. Please ensure that you are covered by a comprehensive health insurance of your choosing beyond the personal accidental injury insurance Umeå university issues to all international students.
No, none of those documents are required. If you send them anyway they will not be considered.
With a few exceptions, all citizens of countries outside of the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay application and tuition fees.
You can apply for scholarships offered by the Swedish Institute and some by Umeå University.
It's different dates if you apply if the first or second admissions round, University admissions has a page for all the the key dates and deadlines.