First Level Master's Diploma

Human Rights and Conflict Management


The Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna of Pisa is launching the XVI edition of the Master in Human Rights and Conflict Management. The programme is under the patronage of the United Nations Regional Information Centre (UNRIC) and is organised in collaboration with the International Research Laboratory on Conflict, Development and Global Politics and with the International Training Programme for Conflict Management – ITPCM – of the Scuola Sant’Anna.

The programme is designed to provide students from different cultures and backgrounds with a deep understanding of the linkages between human rights and conflict management theory and practice. The curriculum, strongly field oriented, prepares participants for working with NGOs, governments, aid agencies, the UN system, regional organisations and other institutions where a deep understanding of these issues is critical.

Educational goals

The main educational goals of the Master in Human Rights and Conflict Management are the following:

  • To train high-rank professionals who will work in design, management and monitoring positions within the programs and actions promoted by national, regional, international or non-governmental organisations, for the double purpose of protecting human rights and preventing, mitigating or solving conflicts.
  • To train professionals who will combine, in a dynamic, non-sequential way, critical knowledge and technical-operational skills as the key components of an extremely professional service in complex situations.
  • To train professionals who are aware of the mutual connections between the protection of human rights and conflict management, and who possess a sound juridical and methodological background and practical-operational skills in such areas.
  • To train professionals who, in the design and management of actions and in decision-making processes, will keep into account the historical, geopolitical, economic dimensions as well as the “gender” component and the complexity of the intercultural relations.

The MAHRCM upholds HRC Res. 16/1 “United Nations Declarations on Human Rights Education and Training”, which acknowledges “the fundamental importance of human rights education and training in contributing to the promotion, protection and effective realization of all human rights”.