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What will I learn?

Leiden University’s Master of Laws in Advanced Studies in International Dispute Settlement and Arbitration (LL.M.) is an high-level postgraduate programme on the theory and practice of international dispute settlement and arbitration in international law.

What does this master's programme entail?

How do States settle their international disputes? How is litigation and arbitration at the international law level conducted ? Can investment disputes between a State and a foreign investor or between two States be arbitrated? What is the role of the International Court of Justice and other international courts and tribunals in international society?

Learn in our Advanced Master Programmes 'International Dispute Settlement and Arbitration'(LL.M.) how to answer and deal with these and other questions from an international law perspective.

Reasons to choose International Dispute Settlement and Arbitration?

As a student of Advanced Studies in International Dispute Settlement and Arbitration, you will benefit from:

  • Excellent reputation: Leiden Law School enjoys a strong international reputation for its high-quality education and research.
  • Unique focus: Graduates will gain in-depth knowledge of law dispute settlement and arbitration in public international, but dispute settlement in other fields will also be noticed, equipping them with skills that will prepare them for their future profession.
  • Expert instructors: You will be taught by expert staff and guest lecturers who are internationally renowned in the field of dispute settlement and arbitration. Many of our teaching staff are not only academics, but also arbitrators, attorneys-at-law or prominent members of international organisations such as the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA).

Programme overview

This master allows you to specialise in international dispute settlement and arbitration with a strong emphasis on international law, while at the same time connecting to other related fields of law, such as arbitration in the international commercial law context. It also includes extra-curricular activities such as a moot courts, programme trips and visits, workshops and group exercises.

Career prospects

The Advanced Studies in International Dispute Settlement and Arbitration prepares you for a successful career as legal professional in an international environment and furthermore offers an excellent basis for conducting further independent academic research.

This programme is designed to provide you with the analytical, research and presentation skills necessary to pursue a career in the field of international dispute settlement. As a graduate, you will be qualified for positions such as:

  • Law firms
  • In-house counsel
  • International courts and tribunals
  • Arbitration institutions
  • International organisations
  • State and governmental agencies
  • Non-governmental organisations
  • Academic and research institutes

Which department am I in?

Leiden Law School

Study options

Full Time (1 Year)

Tuition fees
€18,800.00 (15,35,948) per year
Application deadline

Expected April 2023

More details

Start date

Expected September 2022


Leiden University Campus The Hague

Wijnhaven Building,

Turfmarkt 99, DP,



2511, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants need a BA or BSc degree (or equivalent) to be admitted to any of Leiden University’s master’s programmes. English-language proficiency: IELTS - 6.0; Toefl (internet based): 80 (component score: 20); Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE), or C1 Advanced (CAE): Cambridge component score of 169.

For international students

  • A copy of a valid passport or ID card
  • A copy of a Dutch residence permit (if applicable)
  • CV (résumé)
  • Language proficiency (if applicable)
  • Copies of diplomas and transcripts
  • Letter of motivation

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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