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LLM in Advanced Studies in European and International Human Rights Law

Leiden University
Program overview
1 year
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Start dates
September 2019  (English)
September 2020  (English)
September 2021  (English)

Program description

LLM student

LLM in Advanced Studies in European and International Human Rights Law 

This advanced master of law program has two distinguishing features: it takes a comparative approach to regional and global human rights systems and it consistently relates ‘the law in the books’ to ‘the law in action’.

This approach allows the program to provide our students with the flexibility to work in different human rights settings at national and international level and with the ability to choose between different options for promoting human rights in different political, social and cultural environments.

Coexisting human rights systems

In the contemporary world, the coexistence and interaction of regional, national and international legal regimes has become a characteristic feature, which is also true for human rights. In many cases where human rights are at risk, different human rights protection mechanisms may be applicable.

In addition, human rights supervisory bodies increasingly take each other’s work into account, which enhances the development of an all-embracing and cohesive human rights culture. It is for this reason that in this Advanced Master of Laws, you will study human rights law in a comparative perspective.

Renowned human rights experts

The LLM in human rights is characterized by small-scale teaching, which encourages intensive interaction between students and lecturers. Leiden University prides themselves on being able to offer contributions from renowned human rights experts who bring the most recent developments and issues to the class room.

A study trip to human rights organizations in Strasbourg and/or Geneva is an integral part of this program and will add to a genuine understanding of human rights law by helping you to put theory into practice.

Upon graduation, you'll have gained the necessary international experience and skills you need to work in the field of human rights law anywhere in the world. Students in the advanced studies program come from different continents and countries, which contributes to a truly international study environment.

Admission requirements

Entry requirements In order to qualify for admission to the Master of Laws Advanced Studies in European and International Human Rights Law programme, you should possess:

  • A full degree in Law offering access to legal practice in the country where it was obtained or an equivalent degree from a recognized University/Law School; or a degree at an equivalent level in another discipline with a sufficient background in law
  • Evidence of excellent academic performance, illustrated by way of an academic transcript
  • Sufficient academic background in the area of human rights law
  • Candidates must also have a keen interest in matters of European and international human rights law, illustrated by a letter of motivation
  • Documented evidence of relevant (work) experience, i.e. employment, internship or voluntary work in the area of human rights, illustrated by way of a detailed curriculum vitae
  • 2 letters of reference attesting to good academic and/or professional ability
  • Proven English language proficiency, demonstrated by way of a TOEFL test (overall score of 600 paper-based/250 computer-based or 100 Internet-based) or IELTS test (overall score of 7.0), evidenced by an appropriate test, occasionally complemented by a telephone interview. In addition to the above-mentioned overall English test scores, minimum band scores of IELTS 6.0 (TOEFL 20) are required for all sub-sections.

*This requirement does not apply if you have: completed your education in Canada (except Quebec), USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia, or an International Baccalaureate.

NOTE: Applicants may be offered admission to a pre-sessional English course prior to entry if they have the following English language test scores – this always at the discretion of the program admission board: An overall English score of IELTS 6.0 or 6.5 (TOEFL 80 and 90 respectively) – with no band scores lower than IELTS 5.5 (TOEFL 17). A sufficient overall English score, but one or more band score of IELTS 5.5 (TOEFL 17).

Tuition fees

  • Part-time: 7,550 (2016-2017)
  • Full-time: €15,000 (2016-2017)


Master of Laws in Advanced Studies in European and International Human Rights Law

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Rapenburg 70
2300 RA Leiden
The Netherlands

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