Postgraduate Diploma inHuman Rights Law(PGDHRL)


The PGDHRL, which has been offered provided continuously since 1996, gives students knowledge and a critical understanding of the human rights discourse, and the roles and responsibilities of various human rights organisations at a global and domestic level, with a special focus on their impact in the Indian context. The programme equips graduates with the skills and knowledge required for successful advocacy and lobbying roles, as well as leadership roles in social impact organisations.

Programme Highlights:

  • Gain familiarity with prevailing policy and law in the field of human rights, and understand emerging jurisprudential trends.
  • Develop a theoretical grounding in human rights law that enables practice and application in a better-informed manner.
  • Ideal for journalists, advocates, rights activists, and any one else interested in the interface between rights, discourse, and law.


Course 1: Introduction to Law and Legal Systems

This paper introduces the student to legal thinking and reasoning, and to legal systems, with a particular focus on Indian law and the Indian legal system. Those students who are from a non-law background would find this course particularly helpful.

Course 2: Jurisprudence and the concept of Human Rights

This paper provides an overview of human rights in the global and national spheres, and explores certain fundamental concepts relating to the notion of rights.

Course 3: Law and Enforcement of Human Rights under International Regime

In this paper, students will be taken through an exhaustive exploration of human rights law and implementation in an international context, with focus on international institutions such as the United Nations, and emerging areas such as autonomy movements and the limits of self-determination.

Course 4: Protection and Enforcement of Human Rights in India

In this paper, students will trace the history of the development of human rights law in India, their implementation, and various legislative and judicial measures for the protection of human rights in the country.


Bhavin Patel

Bhavin Patel

Visiting Faculty

Dr. Sarasu Esther Thomas

Dr. Sarasu Esther Thomas

Registrar and Professor of Law

Kunal Ambasta

Kunal Ambasta

Assistant Professor of Law


For Indian Nationals

Regular Fees
Application fees Rs. 1,500
Admission fees Rs. 2,500
Course fees Rs. 16,000
Total fees Rs. 20,000


Printed study material Rs. 1,250


Other fees
Admission late fee Rs. 500
Examination fee Rs. 500 per paper
Examination late fee Rs. 300 per application
Continuation fee Rs. 2,500 per year
Extension fee Rs. 5,000 per year
Re-evaluation fees Rs. 800 per paper

For Foreign Nationals

Regular fees
Application fees Rs. 1,500
Admission fees Rs. 2,500
Course fees Rs. 56,000
Total fees Rs. 60,000


Postage of printed study materials to address outside India
Courier Charges Rs. 5,000



Please note the following information regarding eligibility, deadlines for receiving your application, and the method of applying to this programme.


The minimum eligibility for applying for this programme is a graduate degree (in law or other field) from a recognized university.

Students with a degree certificate or its equivalent from any UGC-recognized university, Association of Indian Universities, CA, CS, ICWA, Open University/distance learning can apply. There shall be no restriction as to age, nationality, gender or employment status.

Deadline for receipt of applications

Applicants may submit their applications by September 15, 2021.

How to apply

Admissions for the academic year 2021-22 are closed.


These are some commonly asked questions about this programme. For general questions about the NLSIU Distance Progamme, please visit the General FAQs page.

Is there a time limit for completion of course?

P.G.Diplomas: Post Graduate Diploma is 1 year course. Every candidate admitted to the course shall pay the prescribed fees at the time of admission. If a candidate is required to continue the course beyond one academic year because of his/her non-fulfilment of the prescribed requirements for the award of the degree, he/she will be permitted to continue for the subsequent two academic years by paying a continuation fee as prescribed for each year (prevailing fee Rs.2,500/-).

After a period of three years if the candidate is not still able to clear the course s/he may be given an extension of another 2yrs by paying Rs.5,000/- per year for the subsequent two years as extension fee provided, s/he should have cleared 50% of the papers (out of the total number of theory papers prescribed)

At the end of the fifth academic year if the candidate fails to fulfil all the requirements for the award of the degree, the admission stands automatically cancelled.

What if the candidate does not complete the course in 3 years?

If the candidate does not pass or complete the course, his enrollment ceases. He will have to register afresh by following the usual procedures prescribed for first admission. His performance at the earlier exams is not carried forward. He will have to redo the entire academic exercise prescribed, in the syllabus.

What is Scheme of Examination?

Diploma candidates are expected to write 100 marks in-class examination for paper I to IV. Diploma students are expected to write a Dissertation on the suggested topic for Paper V. The Dissertation would carry 80 marks. Students are expected to take an oral exam-viva voce, which will be based on the Dissertation they write. The vive voce would carry 20 marks. Submission of Dissertation is one month before the examination.

What is dissertation and when should be the dissertation submitted?

Students are expected to write a Dissertation on their chosen topic (from the list of topics provided in the Hand Book). The Dissertation should approximately be of 25000 words, (or about 90-100 A4 size pages in double spaced typing). The Dissertation would carry 80 marks and a viva voce of 20 marks. Dissertation should be submitted along with the Examination form.

Dissertation can be submitted any time during the course of their study (1+2) for any of the annual/supplementary examination. As and when the candidate clears all the five papers the degree of diploma will be awarded.

Admission Status



1 Year

Number of Courses


Course Fee (Indian Nationals)

Rs. 20,000

Course Fee (Foreign Nationals)

Rs. 60,000