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LLM in Advanced Studies in International Civil and Commercial Law

Course Description

This Master of Laws Advanced Studies programme is aimed at both legal professionals and top graduates who wish to acquire in-depth knowledge into the field of civil and commercial law from a truly international perspective.


Due to the extent of applications for this programme and the limited places we can offer for 2016-2017, we are now operating a waiting list. All applicants who now make an application after 16 May 2016 will automatically be placed on a waiting list and can only be considered if a vacancy appears.

Visit the website: http://en.mastersinleiden.nl/programmes/international-civil-and-commercial-law-advanced/en/introduction

Course detail

In this programme, you will gain in-depth knowledge of civil and commercial law in the context of the current rapid globalisation. You will study transnational sources of hard law and soft law, as well as relevant case law. The programme also addresses the comparative side of international civil and commercial law in both theory and practice. It focuses in particular on the differences between common law and civil law and between certain domestic legal systems.

International civil and commercial law is a complex and multi layered judicial discipline, dealing with different levels of international, EU and national laws that co-exist and interact with one another. As a graduate of this programme, you will be equipped with the skills to fully understand these intertwined layers and to apply this knowledge to domain-specific problems in legal practice.


The International Civil and Commercial Law Advanced Studies programme is offered by the Institute of Private Law at Leiden Law School. It is taught by expert academic staff as well as by visiting guest lecturers who hold senior positions in major corporates.

Teaching in the Master of Laws Advanced Studies programmes is highly interactive with small classes, and we encourage the exchange of ideas between students and lecturers.

The programme focuses on both high level theory and professional skills and includes the following courses:

- International Contract Law (including International Transportation Contracts and Procurement Law)
- International Property Law (including Intellectual Property Rights and Finance Transactions)
- International Tort Law (including Private Competition Law)
- International Corporate Law
- International Insolvency Law
- Private International Law
- International Commercial Arbitration and Litigation
- Legal Profession and Ethics

You will also participate in three business workshops supervised by academic staff and experienced legal professionals.

For who?

This advanced studies programme is designed for ambitious:

- international and Dutch legal professionals
- international and Dutch top-graduates


Within the International Civil and Commercial Law Advanced Studies programme, we aim to provide our students with the knowledge and skills required in senior positions with a wide range of organisations, including:

- law firms;
- multinational companies;
- international courts;
- governmental organisations
- academia.

How to apply:



For information regarding funding, please visit the website: http://prospectivestudents.leiden.edu/scholarships

Visit the LLM in Advanced Studies in International Civil and Commercial Law page on the Leiden University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

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.

(Student Profile)

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.

(Student Profile)

Ruowei Du

4840.jpg I am Ruowei Du, and I come from China. My promgramme is LLM Adv. International Civil and Commercial Law in Leiden University Law School.

Although our major is a quite new programme as it started in 2014, there are many professional and knowledgeable teachers who possess plenty of experiences on both academics and legal practice.

During the academic year, our professors not only taught us the legal knowledge but also led us into a different learning environment in which we were given many accesses to get to know all areas in civil and commercial law of both main civil law countries and common law countries. Besides, all classmates could discuss together and learnt from each other because we are from all over the world with various backgrounds.

In order to get direct understanding towards the content what we learnt and increase our practical experiences, we had excursions to Kadaster Office (Rotterdam), the Peace Palace(Den Haag) and EU Commission(Brussels). And we were also invited to our professors’ law-firms to visit and have lectures. In addition, we have been to the ECT Terminal & Maasvlakte2 and Rotterdam Port Authority.

As a top university in the world and NO.1 university in Continental Europe, the free academic atmosphere and good relationship between teachers and students in Leiden provided us with opportunity to discover the world and also get deeper understanding about ourselves. Studying in Leiden University was the best choice by myself and I feel very lucky to be a student in Leiden.


Leiden Excellence Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

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.

Application Procedure

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.

Further Information


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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