Application deadline:

30 June 2024

Academic Programme


The Latin American Programme on Human Rights and Democratisation (Lat.Ma) offers specialized postgraduate education in the area of human rights and democracy with the participation of scholars from a regional and global network of universities, and experts from international governmental and non-governmental organizations, with a view to contributing to the strengthening of democracy and the rule of law. The aim of the Programme is to train specialists in human rights and democratisation with emphasis.

The regional university network on human rights and democratisation, coordinated by the University of San Martin (Argentina), currently includes the following institutions:

  • Universidad Mayor de San Andrés (Bolivia)
  • Universidad Mayor de San Francisco Xavier de Chuquisaca (Bolivia)
  • Universidad Federal de Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil)
  • Universidad de San Francisco de Quito (Ecuador)
  • Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO –Mexico)
  • Universidad del Pacífico (Peru)
  • Universidad de la República (Uruguay)
  • Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales (Argentina)
  • Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento (Argentina)
  • Universidad Nacional de Lanús (Argentina)
  • Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata (Argentina)
  • Universidad Nacional de San Martin (Argentina)
  • Universidad Nacional de Quilmes (Argentina)
  • Universidad Nacional de Villa María (Argentina)

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The study program consists of a number of taught core subjects and seminars as well as workshops and professional oriented activities conducted at the University of San Martin, in Argentina. It includes a theoretical and practical approach to the study of international and regional protection of human rights, democratic processes, transitional justice, human mobility, indigenous peoples, gender equality, disability, among others, always with an emphasis in public policies and international standards. It has a semi-structured modality, designed for daily compulsory classroom activities, research and individual and group study. Presentation and approval of a final master’s thesis is required.

Core subjects:

  • Concept and Evolution of Human Rights
  • Human Rights and Democracy
  • International Protection of Human Rights
  • Gender and Diversity
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
  • Memory, Truth and Justice (Transitional Justice)
  • Human Rights and the Constitutions of Latin America
  • Indigenous Peoples’ Rights
  • Social Movements
  • Public Policies and Human Rights


  • Human Mobility (migration, asylum, internal displacement)
  • Citizen Security
  • Economic Perspectives of Human Rights
  • Social Economy and Human Rights
  • Legal Pluralism and Democracy
  • Rights of the Child
  • Disability and Human Rights
  • Social Economy


  • Research Methodology
  • Academic Writing
  • Professional Training I
  • Professional Training II

Lat.Ma maintains a flexible structure of seminars and master classes in order to accommodate integration activities and visiting lecturers from its partners from the Global Campus of Human Rights, as well as visiting international experts.

Operational Duration: ten months - 760 hours of academic work

  • Ten core subjects: 300 hours
  • Seminars: 162 hours
  • Workshops: 138 hours
  • Research connected with Master´s Thesis: 160 hours

Classes are held at the University of San Martin both at the Campus Miguelete (25 de Mayo y Francia, San Martin, Province of Buenos Aires) and at CIEP-UNSAM (Av. Roque Sáenz Peña 832, 5 Piso, City of Buenos Aires).

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