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Public International Law (Research LLM)

Course Description

Prof. P. A. Nollkaemper, professor of Public International Law:

'The Research Master on the International Rule of Law deals with some of the most important and fascinating legal topics of our time, such as the world-wide protection of human rights, international criminal justice and the regulation and control of the powers of the Security Council in maintaining international peace and security. The Research Master will allow students to distinguish themselves in pursuing a career in international law, whether in academia or in practice.'

The two-year Research Master's programme in Public International Law aims to give students a knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles of public international law and in particular, the key areas of the international rule of law, legal science and international legal research. At the same time, students will acquire the skills they need in order to be able to apply their knowledge in these areas to conduct fundamental and applied research.
Amsterdam Merit Scholarships

There are five full Amsterdam Merit Scholarships available for excellent non-EU students taking the research master. The scholarship covers the tuition fee.

The scholarship is for one year, if students complete the first year before August 31, and with high grades, it will be continued for the second year. There are also partial scholarships available.

2.1 million Euro for study on Shared Responsibility in International Law

André Nollkaemper will receive 2.1 million Euro for his study on shared responsibility in international law. Many of today's problems can only be addressed through cooperation between various nations, international organisations and other actors. Examples include the global economic crisis, multinational military operations and problems in the area of climate change. This inevitably leads to the question: who is responsible when something goes wrong?

In practice, (examples include the aftermath of the Srebrenica massacre, as well as the climate problem and overfishing) the various actors often tend to hide behind one another: after all, no one party was solely responsible for causing the damage. Nollkaemper will attempt to identify the principles and procedures needed to ensure shared responsibility, whereby the various actors can be held accountable for their part in a wrongful act, even if they are not responsible for the full extent of the damages.
Accreditation and degree

The quality of this Master's programme has been positively assessed by the Accreditation Organisation of The Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). This means that upon successful completion of the programme, students will receive a legally accredited Master's degree in Public International Law and the title Master of Laws (LLM).

Entry Requirements

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