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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. The one-year programme - taught in English - focuses on the law that governs international relations. In the not so distant past, this was more or less limited to relations between states, but in recent years international organisations, peoples, enterprises and individuals have also become part of the increasingly complex global society and therewith of the realm of international law.

As a student of this programme, you will be challenged to develop your own views on the role and functioning of law in international society.

As the programme will be taught in Leiden and The Hague, it will, in as far as possible, draw upon 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.

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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?

Format

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.

Careers

The Public International Law Master’s programme offered at LeidenUniversity will provide you with a broad academic training. The programme prepares students to pursue a career within their national legal system, in international law departments of national institutions, in international governmental or NGOs, or international business enterprises. Students may also benefit from the LL.M. Internship Programme, an internal competitive process with a view to selecting the best candidates who will be institutionally endorsed in their internship applications to different international institutions. 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;

• academia.


Visit the LLM International Public Law page on the Leiden University website for more details!

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