What will I learn?

Public International Law is a one-year Master’s specialisation at the internationally acclaimed Leiden Law School at Leiden University. The programme focuses on the legal framework that governs international relations in an increasingly complex global society.

Different perspectives

In this programme you will gain a thorough understanding of the fundamental doctrines of public international law, studying different perspectives from theory and practice. We will also challenge you to develop your own views on the role and functioning of law in international society.

Current global challenges

As a result of globalisation and international interdependence, international law is changing. Whereas in the past, this law was limited to relations between states, in recent years, organisations, peoples, business and individuals have also become part of the realm of international law. Who is entitled to intervene in situations of mass violations of human rights? Which means are allowed to combat international terrorism? Can the international community develop governance mechanisms, including law, to deal with problems such as global climate change?

The Regular LL.M. (Public International Law specialization) is taught by lecturers who possess expertise in a wide range of aspects of public international law, including international criminal law, international humanitarian law, international human rights law, the law on peace and security, international institutional law, international dispute settlement, international economic law and international environmental law.

Career prospects

The Regular LL.M. (specialization in Public International Law) will provide you with a broad academic training.

You will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue a career within:

  • Public authorities (ministries), diplomatic service
  • International organizations
  • International courts and tribunals
  • Universities
  • Private legal practice
  • Non-governmental organizations

Academic skills and attitude

After a successful completion of this LL.M., the student:

  • is able to write high quality papers on the theoretical aspects of complex legal issues;
  • is able to present and defend his findings, and to critically appraise the findings of other students;
  • is able to moderate a legal debate on particular issues.

Which department am I in?

Leiden Law School

Study options

Full Time (1 Year)

Tuition fees
€18,800.00 (US$ 21,807) per year
Application deadline

Expected October 2021

More details

Start date

7 February 2022

Venue

Leiden University

Rapenburg 70,

LEIDEN,

Zuid-Holland,

2311, Netherlands

Full Time (1 Year)

Tuition fees
€18,800.00 (US$ 21,807) per year
Application deadline

Expected October 2021

More details

Start date

7 February 2022

Venue

Leiden University Campus The Hague

Wijnhaven Building,

Turfmarkt 99, DP,

THE HAGUE,

Zuid-Holland,

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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