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Earn an LLM International Public Law at Leiden University
The public international law program is a 1-year master’s specialization at the internationally acclaimed Leiden Law School at Leiden University. The program focuses on legislation that governs international relations in an increasingly complex global society.
The public international law master’s specialization is taught by lecturers who possess expertise in a wide range of aspects of public international law, including international criminal law, international human rights law, the law on peace and security, international institutional law, international dispute settlement including arbitration, international investment law, international economic law and the law on sustainable development.
The LLM program distinguishes itself by the close ties Leiden University maintains with major international organizations in The Hague, such as the International Court of Justice. The program is offered jointly at the Leiden Law School and at the renowned Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies.
- Bachelor’s in Law (LLB) or a Postgraduate Diploma in Law from a recognized university; in exceptional cases a bachelor’s degree in a related discipline (e.g. in Political Science or equivalent) will be acceptable, provided that a substantial number of law courses are included in the bachelor’s program
- 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)
*Applicants with a higher professional education (HBO) degree are not eligible for admission, but start in the first year of the bachelor’s. Students who have a LL.B. (bachelor’s degree) in Law from Leiden University do not have to apply for admission.
This program has an IELTS English language proficiency requirement. For more information about IELTS or to book a test, click below:
Degree & diploma
Master of Laws in International Public Law
With a long and rich history, Leiden University is the oldest in the Netherlands. Students may choose to study from 7 faculties and 3 campuses, watch this video to learn what Leiden can offer you!
Services & Facilities
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Leiden, the Netherlands
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