The Master of Laws’ Advanced Studies in Public International Law is an intensive, high-level postgraduate programme which will bring you to the doorstep of international courts and tribunals. As a student in one of the two specialisations of this programme, you will gain in-depth knowledge of the foundations of public international law and become familiar with the current debates in the field.
An important objective of our programme is to provide you with skills that will enable you to thoroughly analyse and interpret legal sources, literature, and cases, to research and formulate an independent opinion on international legal questions. You will also learn to clearly present your findings both orally and in writing to legal specialists as well as non-lawyers, to actively participate in academic debate, and to apply this advanced academic knowledge in public international law in a professional context.
The programme benefits from the proximity of the many international judicial and other institutions in nearby The Hague, such as the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) and the International Criminal Court (ICC).
- International Criminal Law (Advanced) - Peace, Justice and Development (Advanced)
• law graduates or professionals in possession of a full law degree (offering access to legal practice), with sufficient knowledge of public international law; • graduates who hold an equivalent degree and/or have sufficient professional experience in the field.
The programme caters for those already working in, or pursuing a career in international organisations, governmental institutions, international non-governmental organisations, or in academia.
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.
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
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.
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.
This scholarship is intended for: 1. Non-EU/EEA students enrolling in a Leiden University master's degree programme starting February 2017 or September 2017. All MA, MSc and LLM programmes that are mentioned on the website Master's programmes in Leiden are eligible for LExS, but note that some programmes have a start date in September only. 2. Students of all nationalities enrolling in the Advanced Master programmes in the list below starting February 2017 or September 2017. Note that the programmes listed below have a September start date only, with the exception of Advanced Studies in Air & Space Law: ◦Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in Air & Space Law ◦Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in European & International Business Law ◦Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in International Tax Law ◦Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in Public International Law ◦Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in International Civil & Commercial Law ◦Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in Law & Digital Technologies ◦Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in European Tax Law ◦Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in European & International Human Rights Law ◦Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in International Children's Rights ◦MSc in International Relations & Diplomacy
Additional requirements1.In his or her prior academic education abroad, the applicant must have achieved excellent study results which are relevant for the programme for which the student wishes to enrol. As an indication, the student will be among the top 10% for the relevant programme followed abroad. We do not need proof of this, it is just to indicate the competitiveness of the scholarship. 2.The applicant will hold a non-EU/EEA passport and will not be eligible for support under the Dutch system of study grants and loans ("Studiefinanciering"; more information). This requirement does not apply to applicants who apply for a LExS for programmes mentioned under point 2 "For whom". 3.Scholarships will not be awarded to applicants who have already obtained a Leiden University master’s degree with the exception of students applying for a Master programme for which a specified previous Master programme or work experience is mandatory (the LLM advanced masters qualify as such). 4.Students who are granted a LExS must comply with and confirm in writing their agreement with the Rules and Regulations attached to the scholarship prior to the granting of the scholarship
Value of Scholarship(s)
For excellent Non-EU/EEA students enrolling in a Leiden University master's degree programme and for excellent students of all nationalities enrolling in a Master of Law Advanced Programme or MSc in International Relations & Diplomacy.The Leiden University Excellence Scholarship programme has three awards: •€ 10.000 of the tuition fee •€ 15.000 of the tuition fee •Total tuition fee minus the statutory tuition fee The number and type of award of the scholarship depends on the budget available for each Faculty department. The type of award has no reflection on the students' academic level of excellence. Please be aware that the LExS is not a full scholarship.
1. Fill in your online application for admission to Leiden University. Deadline 1 October 2016 for all programmes starting in February 2017. Deadline for programmes starting September 2017 •All programmes except law: 1 February 2017 •Law programmes: 1 March 2017 2. Upload all required documents. 3. Indicate clearly that you would like to apply for the LExS scholarship on the scholarship page. Please note that if you apply for more than one master's programme, you have to indicate that you apply for the LExS scholarship for all these programmes seperately. 4. Upload your letter of motivation for the LExS scholarship on the scholarship page.
5. Submit your online application.
6. Pay the application fee of € 100.
7. The selection committee of the relevant faculty will review the applications. Students are selected on the basis of academic merit.
8. All LExS applicants will be informed by the scholarship department of Student Educational Affairs about the outcome of the selection procedure.
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.
Recipient: Leiden University
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