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Public International Law (International and European Law)

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Can the EU impose sanctions on Russia for its alleged involvement in the downing of MH-17? Do human rights treaties apply when armed forces operate abroad? In today’s globalized world, problems and challenges increasingly transcend national boundaries. Climate change, terrorism, trade wars, refugees and mass migration are examples of issues that require global solutions, and international law is an important tool to achieve and implement those solutions.

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The LLM in Public International Law provides you with a solid understanding of general international law while at the same time allowing specialization in a particular area. You can tailor the Master’s programme to your personal interests and ambitions by enrolling in various elective courses. You will be taught by leading researchers in the field, as well as by people working with international law in practice.

What is this programme about?
Students and lecturers from Public International Law will tell you what you can expect from this programme and discuss career opportunities once you have graduated.

Why Public International Law at the UvA? 

  1. This LLM is taught by leading international law scholars with a high academic reputation and often broad experience in the practice of international law. We have an excellent reputation for high quality of teaching and research and consistently rank among the world’s top 40 law schools in both the Times Higher Education University Rankings and the QS World University Rankings, and in the top 5 among continental European law schools.
  2. In addition to the larger lectures, classes are taught in seminars or working groups, allowing for a challenging exchange of ideas on the latest developments and academic insights in this dynamic area of law.
  3. The Amsterdam Center for International Law offers a vibrant research community and many events are open to Master’s students.
  4. Public International Law offers unique courses under the umbrella of the Amsterdam Law Practice, where you will work with fellow students towards the solution of practical legal problems.
  5. Over 60% of students has an international background and teaching hence takes place in an international classroom setting. 
Top LLM programs Public International Law
Public International Law has been selected as a top LLM Program Public International Law.

The study programme

This Master’s programme will extend your knowledge of general international law. Through the wide variety of elective courses on offer you can specialize in specific areas such as human rights law, international humanitarian law, international criminal law and international environmental law. This allows you to tailor the curriculum to your personal interests and ambitions. 

You’ll take at least one experiential education course as part of the Amsterdam Law Practice. During the course Practising International Law, students work in a team preparing a memorandum on an international legal problem as part of a Clinic simulation. In the Amsterdam Law Clinics you can work on actual legal cases for NGOs and other clients under the guidance of our clinical staff. You also have the opportunity to participate in a moot court or pursue an internship in the field of international law.

Is this programme for you?

  • International students: admission to the Master’s programme is based on your prior academic credentials. 
  • Students with a Dutch degree: students with a Bachelor of Laws degree from a Dutch university and students with a PPLE degree with a ‘major in law’ are eligible for admission.

English language proficiency

Both Dutch and international students must provide proof of English proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge certificate). Dutch students are exempted if they passed English for their VWO diploma (sufficient mark, 6 or higher) or possess a VWO certificate in English.

Did you know …?

  • that the ASA International Law is the UvA student-led association for students with an interest in international law? The Board organizes networking events, lectures and trips to international law institutions. 
  • the Amsterdam Law School is located on Roeterseiland campus, in the historical centre of Amsterdam? On the campus you find cosy cafés, libraries, labs, lecture halls and nice study and workplaces.

Career prospects

The ever-increasing importance and complexity of public international law is reflected in a growing demand for professionals specialising in this area of law. This Master’s programme prepares you for a wide range of career paths in national and international legal practice. For Dutch students with an LLB degree from a Dutch university there’s the possibility of ‘civiel effect’. Go to the study programme to read more about the conditions.

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Facts & Figures
Degree programme LLM International and European Law
Type Regular study programme
Mode Full-time, part-time
Credits 60 ECTS, 12 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 60224