International Children’s Rights (Advanced)

1 Jahre
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tuition fee: 2015/2016- €15,000 (full-time, all students), €7,550 (part-time)
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International Children’s Rights is a programme whose time has come. In November 2014 the main treaty in this area – the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) – reached its 25th anniversary. Also, 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.

Multi-layered and interdisciplinary
International children’s rights (law) is a unique area of law because it is multi-layered (covering international, regional and national legal spectrums) and interdisciplinary (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 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 multi-layered and legal interdisciplinary 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.

Our programme is characterised by small-scale teaching, which encourages intensive interaction between students and lecturers. Students in our Advanced Masters programmes come from various countries, which contributes to a truly international study environment.

For whom?

• law graduates in possession of a full law degree (offering access to legal practice) or legal professionals.
• graduates who hold an equivalent degree and/or have sufficient professional experience in the field.

Career opportunities:
Our graduates meet the requirements for a range of positions with organisations including:

1. governmental and inter-governmental bodies and public administration (both national and international);
2. national, regional and international (non-governmental) organisations dealing with children’s rights issues;
3. the judiciary or national human rights institutions (e.g. ombudspersons) or
4. law firms or companies involved with children and/or family matters.

Substantively, the graduates will be prepared to work in various domains affecting children, including, but not limited to child protection, education, health care for children, child labour, children in armed conflict, children living on the street or children in the justice system.
In a broader sense this programme complements careers in any human rights field, and suits those who, upon completion, would like to branch out to engage with other human rights concerns (such as women, refugees, domestic labour, disability). In addition, given the evident link between children’s rights and the (post 2015) world development agenda, this programme places graduates in an ideal position to work for development bodies and institutes.

The programme also fits newly graduated, talented lawyers who wish to pursue advanced studies at a postgraduate level or engage in a PhD in the field of children’s rights.

Career Orientation
Our teaching staff has an extensive international professional and academic network and can help you in your career orientation. In fact, many of the people you will engage with at Leiden Law School, be it professors, professionals or fellow students, will become valuable members of your own personal international network.

After graduation, non-European students have the opportunity to stay for an extra year while looking for job. They can apply for a residence permit the ‘Orientation Year for Graduates Seeking Employment’ (Zoekjaar afgestudeerde) scheme.

Career guidance
Leiden Law School offers career activities to all its Advanced Studies students in the form of international CV writing workshops and seminars on establishing global careers. This faculty-level career assistance is supported by the student career service of Leiden University, which offers a wide range of services including communication training, CV checks and workshops on job application techniques.

contact person: International Studyline
phone.: 071 527 11 11
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