Public International Law is a one-year Master’s specialisation at the internationally acclaimed Leiden Law School at Leiden University. The programme focuses on legislation that governs international relations in an increasingly complex global society.
In this programme you will gain a thorough understanding of the fundamental doctrines of public international law, studying different perspectives from theory and practice. We will also challenge you to develop your own views on the role and functioning of law in international society.
As a result of globalisation and international interdependence, international law is changing. Whereas in the past, this law was limited to relations between states, in recent years, organisations, peoples, business and individuals have also become part of the realm of international law. Who is entitled to intervene in situations of mass violations of human rights? Which means are allowed to combat international terrorism? Can the international community develop governance mechanisms, including law, to deal with problems such as global climate change?
International organisations and courts
This Master’s is taught in Leiden and at Campus The Hague. A unique feature of the programme is that it makes use of the expertise available in the various international institutions located in The Hague, such as the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia, the International Criminal Court and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.
The Public International Law Master’s programme offered at Leiden University will provide you with a broad academic training. You will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue a career within:
• your national legal system;
• international law departments of national institutions;
• international governmental or non-governmental organisations;
• internationally operating business enterprises;
If you want to further develop your professional skills, you can benefit from the LL.M. Internship Programme. This is an internal competitive process with the aim of selecting the best candidates who will be institutionally endorsed in their internship applications to international institutions.
The number and duration of internships vary, although generally each year 5-10 students receive intern positions at institutions such as the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the International Criminal Court, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, embassies and law firms. Dutch students also have the opportunity to do internships with selected Dutch ministries such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, or with the Dutch Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva or New York.
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.
The LL.M. European Law provides Dutch graduates with civil effect (effectus civilis)
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