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LLM in Advanced Studies in International Children’s Rights

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 students

Earn an LLM in Advanced Studies in International Children’s Rights at Leiden University

The International Children’s Rights is an LLM program whose time has come. Recently, the main treaty in this area – the UN Convention the Rights of the Child (CRC) – reached its 25th anniversary. There is an ever deepening consciousness at the international and domestic levels regarding the role that implementing children’s rights can have in both the private and the public spheres of life.

Utilizing a unique approach, this LLM international children’s rights program covers international, regional and national legal spectrums. The program is interdisciplinary in nature, crossing different areas of law, both domestically and internationally. Children’s rights intersect with the areas of civil, criminal and administrative law, as well as public international law, international humanitarian law, international criminal law and international labour law.

A special feature of the master of law program concerns the interplay between children’s rights and private international law, in particular with the instruments developed by the Hague Conference on Private International Law. The nature of international children’s rights requires specialist knowledge in order to be able to assess its meaning and implications for the position of children at the international and domestic level.

Leiden University's program is characterized by small classes, which encourages intensive interaction between students and lecturers. Students in our Advanced Masters programs come from various countries, which contributes to a truly international study environment.

This academic year the first group of enthusiastic and motivated students has started the advanced LL.M. program on International Children’s Rights. The opening lecture for the program was given by Ms. Yoka Brandt, Deputy Executive Director, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on the topic of “Children Rights in Action: From Global Commitments to Development Results for Children”.

Admission requirements

In order to qualify for admission to the Master of Laws Advanced Studies in International Children’s Rights, 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 or understanding of law; evidence of excellent academic performance, illustrated by way of an academic transcript
  • Candidates must also have: a keen interest in matters of International Children’s Rights, illustrated by a letter of motivation
  • Documented evidence of relevant (work) experience, i.e. employment, internship or voluntary work, illustrated by way of a detailed curriculum vitae; two 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 International Children’s Rights

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