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  • Locations: Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
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  • Program Sponsor: DIS - Study Abroad in Scandinavia 
  • Dates / Deadlines
Program Description:
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Justice & Human Rights

Human rights continue to be one of the most debated topics of our time, and what better opportunity to question and analyze legal approaches through a cross-cultural lens than when you study abroad. Through meetings with practitioners and experts, explore the underlying political and legal issues animating interstate conflict, transnational crime, and the rights of refugees across Europe, and enhance your knowledge of how international law, justice, and human rights intersect.

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Is this program right for you?

It is a good fit if you study:

  • Government
  • Human Rights
  • International Relations
  • Legal Studies
  • Political Science
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Core Courses

Fleeing Across Borders: International Refugee Law

Fall/Spring, 3 Credits

Right now men, women, and children are fleeing Syria, Somalia, Afghanistan, and other places of war or conflict. Because several Scandinavian countries are known for their humanitarian views, and fair and equal societies, many of these people hope to reach the Nordic borders. This course addresses the need for international protection, the asylum process, and the protection of rejected asylum seekers against torture or other violations of international human rights regulations.


Humanitarian Law and Armed Conflict
Fall/Spring, 3 Credits

This course is an examination of the laws of armed conflict and human rights laws and how they apply to contemporary cases. The course finds inspiration in current events, and enables you to analyze issues such as the war against ISIS, the use of drones, and cyberattacks in a legal context. Gain a thorough understanding of the legal aspects that regulate modern conflicts and understand how they interact with the political environment.


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Core Course Study Tours

This program travels on Study Tours to the following destinations:

Fleeing Across Borders: International Refugee Law

  • Week-Long Study Tour: Greece
  • Core Course Week: Southern Sweden
 

Humanitarian Law and Armed Conflict 

  • Week-Long Study Tour: Bosnia or Kosovo

  • Core Course Week: Denmark

Early in the semester, you delve into your academic focus during Core Course Week, in which you travel on a short Study Tour for three days in Denmark or a neighboring country, combined with a two-day seminar in Copenhagen. Later in the semester, you travel again with your Core Course on a week-long Study Tour in Europe.
 
While on tour, theories learned in the classroom come to life by meeting with professionals and experts in your field who contribute to furthering your understanding of course topics. Study Tours are hands-on and experiential, combining theory with practice, and expose you to additional cultural perspectives. You have the opportunity to visit sites and experts in your field of interest that you may not otherwise have access to.


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Elective Courses

Add elective courses to complement your Core Course at DIS Copenhagen. You decide how to build your course load based on your needs and interests!

Electives range across disciplines and include research, workshops, studios, and even Exploration Electives, which come with a travel component.

Visit our website to view the full list of over 200 additional elective courses! 
 

Scholarship Funds Available!

Justice & Human Rights students are invited to apply for the Jacob Buksti Memorial Scholarship. This merit-based award honors a beloved former DIS faculty member, Jacob Buksti, who passed away in 2016. Jacob built a strong legacy in modern Danish politics and made a deep impact on the hundreds of DIS students he taught from 2003 to 2016. 
 

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2023 10/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission 01/14/2023 05/13/2023

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.