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What will I learn?

The Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in International Children’s Rights (LL.M.) is a one of a kind programme, offering in-depth specialization on the rights and interests of children from a legal perspective. The programme is assessed "excellent" by the NVAO (the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders).

What does this master's programme entail?

The programme provides an advanced study of the field of children’s rights and pays particular attention to its intersections with diverse fields of law.

The programme Advanced Studies in International Children’s Rights (LL.M.) offers a multi-layered study (covering international, regional and national legal systems), as well as an interdisciplinary scope, to examine the most relevant issues impacting children worldwide. what are the rights of the child when it comes to forced marriages or protection against violence or exploitation? Which rights do refugee children have in their host communities? How do we balance between the rights of children, parents and the state? And how can children’s rights be legally enforced in various countries across the globe?


The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child anchors the right of every child; to protection, healthcare, education, participation and more. Though this is the most ratified international human rights instrument, children today still face significant rights violations and the COVID-19 pandemic has put children’s rights to the test. In this programme, you will learn what children’s rights mean and how to promote and protect the rights of children around the world, also in light of the global challenges of today and tomorrow.

Reasons to choose International Children’s Rights at Leiden University?

  • Only one in the world: The programme prides itself as being the only programme in the world offering a legal degree (LL.M.) on international children’s rights.
  • Expert instructors: The academic staff members are renowned legal experts in children’s rights. You will also interact with prominent guest lecturers from international organisations, including the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. The programme offers smale-scale learning environment, and provides individual guidance to help you succeed.
  • Exciting career opportunities: the programme nurtures a new generation of scholars and practitioners and prepares its students for a wide range of career opportunities working with and for children across the globe.

Career prospects

When you graduate, you will have the skills and expertise for a career as a children’s rights specialist and to promote child-friendly policies, legal reform and advocacy on various issues that impact children worldwide.


This programme aims to nurture a new generation of scholars and practitioners, and prepare its students to address the issues impacting the rights and interests of children across the globe.

Our graduates meet the requirements for a range of positions including:

  • governmental and inter-governmental bodies and public administration (both national and international)
  • national, regional and international (non-governmental) organisations dealing with children’s rights issue
  • the judiciary
  • national human rights institutions (e.g. ombudspersons)
  • civil society organizations dealing with children’s rights issue
  • monitoring and advisory national and international bodies or
  • law firms or companies involved with children and/or family matters.

Which department am I in?

Leiden Law School

Study options

Full Time (1 Year)

Tuition fees
€18,800.00 (15,18,578) per year
Application deadline

Expected April 2023

More details

Start date

Expected September 2022


Leiden University

Rapenburg 70,



2311, 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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