The Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in Public International Law is an intensive, high-level postgraduate programme in public international law. The programme offers students the opportunity to acquire an advanced knowledge of public international law, while at the same time allowing them to specialise in one of two areas: International Criminal Law or Peace, Justice and Development. The programme 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, or who hold an equivalent degree and/or have sufficient professional experience in the field (See Admissions Criteria).
The programme caters for those already working in, or pursuing a career in international organisations, governmental institutions, international non-governmental organisations, or in academia. For those interested, the programme may serve to further engage in an academic career and prepare a PhD.
The programme provides students with in-depth knowledge of the foundations of public international law and familiarises them with the state of current debates in the field. Participants obtain skills that enable them to thoroughly analyse and interpret legal sources, literature, and cases, to research and formulate an independent opinion on international legal questions, to clearly present their findings both orally and in writing to legal specialists as well as non-lawyers, to actively participate in academic debate, and apply this advanced academic knowledge in public international law in a professional context.
The master’s programme offers two specialisations:
“The Programme, ideally located in The Hague, offers students the unique opportunity to have a face-to-face conversation with Judges and other people working in International Criminal Justice” ( Judge Elizabeth Odio-Benito, International Criminal Court)
“This is an excellent programme. It is a pleasure to meet such dedicated professors and talented students from all parts of the world and to discuss criminal law and ICC procedure with them at the Court or at Campus Den Haag” (Judge Ekaterina Trendafilova, International Criminal Court )
“The LL.M. Adv.‘s academic and professional training proved to be crucial in a competitive environment like London” (Matthias Vanhullebusch, LL.M. Adv. (2006-2007), LL.D. Candidate SOAS London)
“Leiden University is one of the most internationalised universities in the world. It often leads collaborative meetings, consortia and other initiatives involving cross-border networks.” OECD, Thematic Review of Tertiary Education, May 2007
Leiden University is a research driven university and a member of the League of European Research Universities. Recently all research of the international programmes of the Leiden Law School were assessed by an international reviewing committee. The Law School’s scholarly output received the highest qualification.
“The challenge is how to make international law instrumental in protecting the vital ecological functions of our planet, also in order to pay justice to the rights and future generations of humankind.”
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