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LLM in Advanced Studies in Public International 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)
The Hague
September 2019  (English)
September 2020  (English)
September 2021  (English)

Program description

LLM students

Earn an LLM in Advanced Studies in Public International Law at Leiden University

The master of law advanced studies in public international law is an intensive, high-level postgraduate program which will bring you to the doorstep of international courts and tribunals.

As a student in one of the two specializations of this program, you will gain in-depth knowledge of the foundations of public international law and become familiar with the current debates in the field. An important objective of the program is to provide you with skills that will enable you to thoroughly analyze and interpret legal sources, literature, and cases, to research and formulate an independent opinion on international legal questions.

You'll also learn to clearly present your findings both orally and in writing to legal specialists as well as non-lawyers, to actively participate in academic debate, and to apply this advanced academic knowledge in public international law in a professional context.

The program benefits from the proximity of the many international judicial and other institutions in nearby The Hague, such as the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) and the International Criminal Court (ICC).

This law program is designed for law graduates or professionals in possession of a full law degree (offering access to legal practice), with sufficient knowledge of public international law. The LLM program caters for those already working in, or pursuing a career in international organizations, governmental institutions, international non-governmental organizations, or in academia. Graduates who hold an equivalent degree and/or have sufficient professional experience in the field are also encouraged to apply.

Ideally located in The Hague, students are offered the unique opportunity to have a face-to-face conversation with judges and other professionals working in International Criminal Justice.

Admission requirements

To qualify for admission to the Master of Laws Advanced Studies program in Public International Law, you should possess:

  • A full degree in Law (offering access to legal practice in the country where it was obtained), or equivalent degree from a recognized University/Law School, with evidence of excellent academic performance illustrated by marks on university transcript, and relevant experience related to public international law
  • Applicants should submit academic transcript of relevant prior degree(s) and other documented evidence of relevant experience related to public international law
  • A letter of motivation illustrating experience and interest in matters of public international law and either of the two specialization tracks
  • 2 letters of recommendation from current or previous professors and/or employers
  • Show documented evidence of relevant (work) experience, i.e., working for a law firm, internships etc. – this information should be include in your curriculum vitae 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 Public International Law

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Rapenburg 70
2300 RA Leiden
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