Centre for Fundamental Rights


Courses, which introduce fundamental rights related topics, questions and dilemmas are taught by the core faculty of the Centre for Fundamental Rights as well as by affiliated faculty. Most of the courses are offered as part of the Human Rights & Global Governance concentration area of the Master of International Affairs programme.

Course programme includes:

1st Year Fall 1st Year Spring 2nd Year Fall 2nd Year Spring
International Law | Başak Çalı & Cathryn Costello Global ethics | Richard Bellamy Migration & Human Rights | Grażyna Baranowska The global refugee regime: Law, ethics and politics | Cathryn Costello
Human rights and global governance: Key challenges | Ronny Patz Climate Crisis & Human Rights | Başak Çalı & Juan Auz Economics and policy of healthcare | Mujaheed Shaikh
Business, Human Rights, & Gender: The Absence of Law | Sorcha Macleod Governance and politics of artificial intelligence | Joanna Bryson
Public Ethics | Richard Bellamy
Global Governance of Migration | Natalie Welfens
Introduction to the United Nations System | Ronny Patz
The Financing of International Organisation | Ronny Patz
Human Rights and Global Governance concentration: Core courses Human Rights and Global Governance concentration: Elective courses Additional courses

Centre Faculty

Certificate Programmes

The Centre for Fundamental Rights offers a certificate of attendance to Hertie School students,  who take part in its thematically organised termly colloquium. 

More information on the colloquium ia available here


Professional development courses offered by the Centre for Fundamental Rights

Open-source investigation for human rights: Ethics, methods and practices (in collaboration with Human Rights Watch)

Strategic Campaigning for Human Rights (Dr. Begüm Başdaş): The two-day Skills Workshop aims to provide students with the fundamental tools of strategic campaigning for human rights. Each session will address different elements of campaigning such as establishing short and long-term campaign objectives, target audiences and influencers, key messaging, and communication strategies as well as monitoring, evaluation, and risk analysis within campaign strategie.


Please note that the annual curricula may vary.