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LLM in Advanced Studies in Public International Law


Leiden University Faculty of Law

Full time & Part time September LLM Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years

About the course

In this advanced master’s programme, you will gain a thorough understanding of the legislation that governs international relations in an increasingly complex global society. You will learn in-depth about a wide range of aspects that affect our world, in addition to getting the opportunity to specialise your area of study. Through focused seminars and workshops, you will be challenged to develop your own views on the role and functioning of public international law.

For this programme, you will choose one of the following specialisations:

As the programme will be taught in Leiden and The Hague, it will, as far as possible, draw upon the expertise available in the various international institutions located in The

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Entry Requirements

A bachelor’s degree from a university, equivalent to the level of a Dutch academic bachelor’s degree, or demonstrate to meet the requirements for such a degree. Sufficient command of English (IELTS 7.0, TOEFL 100 (internet-based) or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)). This language 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, or a Dutch VWO-diploma.


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Student Profile(s)

Anya Yohana Aritonang

4835.jpg Choosing to study abroad is one of the most important and bravest decisions students can make during their lives. The experience is surrounded by all kinds of assumptions, so don’t be a victim to the “expectations vs. realities” syndrome that can dampen your time studying abroad. For those who will study in Leiden, let’s start with a warning: you are expected to write several “never know that saying goodbye would be so hard” posts in the following months, especially when you like nostalgic and a little emotional. So, be prepared!

I remember one day I was cycling around in Leiden and I saw a friend walking and saying “Hellooo!!”. As I greeted him back, I was smiling since this was not the kind of thing that would happen in Jakarta since the population is so crowded. In another day, you will jump into public transportation like bus or train and the driver or official will welcoming you with “hello” or “goedemiddag” (good afternoon in Dutch). They are very kind and friendly which make you feel warm, far away from feeling insecure with stranger. This feeling make me realize that I will miss this kind of belonging and peaceful community. You may not know people around you when you are strolling around alone in Leiden, but you will never feel lonely.

I am a Jakarta-born and I love its chaotic vibe. One year living in Leiden makes me admit that this past year have changed me to appreciate what a small city gives. You will comfortably appreciate your time, enjoying nature, walking and biking, smiling to stranger and care with your surroundings without curiosity. When and if you do come to study in Leiden, I can guarantee that you will be part of wonderful community and have big family before you know.


Manuela Ruegger

4838.jpg There are many activities provided at Leiden University to supplement the regular requirements of the different programmes. During my LL.M. Public International Law studies at Leiden University I had the chance to be selected for two of those. I can highly recommend both of them, which is why I will briefly introduce them here.

The first one is the International Humanitarian Law Clinic of the Kalshoven-Gieskes Forum of Leiden University. Every semester there is a new call for participants and this semester there was an intake of nine students. Selected students are split up in teams and work on a project which is commissioned by an external actor, such as for example the Netherlands Red Cross or the ICRC. My two team members and I have recently submitted our project, which was commissioned by Amnesty International. In the process of researching and drafting our final report we are gaining valuable experience in applying IHL theory to the practical issues raised by our commissioner. It is very gratifying to know that our research is valued and that it serves Amnesty International in their work.

The second one is the International Leiden Leadership Programme (ILLP) of the Leiden University Honours Academy. While the Dutch version (LLP) runs for the whole year, the ILLP is directed at international students and lasts for more or less one semester. Additionally to the analysis of our personalities and leadership styles we have become familiar with our strengths and weaknesses and matters such as team work, communication, types of conflict management and listening. During the ILLP students have the chance to work on two different projects, which are a self-evaluation and a “personal roadmap for leadership”. The seminars and the two projects have provided me with a solid framework for my personal development and have allowed me to become a more empathic and confident person.


Sophie van der Valk

4842.jpg I have just completed my master’s in Public International Law specialising in International Humanitarian Law in Leiden University. I am originally from Ireland but have already spent time living abroad. The programme offered by Leiden is amazing and given the university’s close proximity to the Hague an obvious choice to study Public International Law. All of the professors are well respected in their fields and enjoy passing on their extensive knowledge to the students. The students themselves are from all corners of the globe and while the class is rather large, around 160 students in the 2015/2016 year, the course is still taught quite well.

The courses offered in the first semester provide extensive knowledge of general aspects of Public International Law, in addition to a class on International Relations, which I personally found interesting as a Law undergraduate student to see a different aspect of a related field to International Law. The second semester then provides the opportunity to look more closely at subjects which you find personally find interesting. The privatissum class allows you to pick your own research topic for short papers, a difficult but quite enjoyable exercise. One particular challenging course in the practicum which is an intense course in memorandum drafting in addition to a presentation. Despite the significant amount of work involved it is a highly rewarding class.

Finally throughout the year various speakers from international institutions and organisations came to speak to us. This gave me ample opportunity to learn about future places where I would like to work and acquire knowledge on how to achieve this. Overall it was a thorough enjoyable but intense year which I would recommend to anyone looking to study Public International Law.


Mia Malik-Djojowasito

4851.jpg My experience in Leiden has really helped me to prepare for my chosen field of work, thanks to the great diversity among the student population. We had students from every single continent with different political and personal views regarding such issues as human rights. I currently work as a communication consultant for the Indonesia Infrastructure Initiative and I still keep in touch with other Leiden alumni in Indonesia. I am happy to say that I have greatly benefited from the tight-knit Holland Alumni Network here in Indonesia: I was offered an UNDP internship at a networking event hosted by NESO at the Erasmus Huis, and as members we support each other professionally. I have also made friends with other Holland alumni of different generations here in Jakarta. I even keep in touch with international friends I met in Leiden.


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