12 months
18800 EUR/year
18800 EUR/year
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This Global and European Labour Law (Advanced) programme from Leiden University is unique in the world since you will study and compare all these rules and mechanisms from a primarily legal perspective with an eye for the difference between the law in the books and the law in practice, as well as with a sense for the various economic, social, political and cultural contexts.

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Labour law is no longer a purely national issue. Knowing and understanding the global and European dimensions of labour law are therefore essential in the practice of every labour lawyer.

Reasons to study Global and European Labour Law (Advanced) programme from Leiden University

As a student of the Global and European Labour Law programme, you will benefit from:

  • Unique in the world: The programme is the only one in the world that combines both global and European labour law, with a comparative element offering a legal degree (LL.M.).
  • International environment: In addition to the global and European focus of the curriculum, the unique blend of students and instructors that represent all continents makes our programme a truly global experience.
  • Expert instructors: The academic staff members are renowned legal experts in global and European labour law. You will also interact with prominent guest lecturers from international organisations, including the ILO, the EU, the UN and the OECD, as well as from trade unions, employers (organisations), and NGO’s.

Career prospects

The Global and European Labour Law programme prepares you for a successful career in this increasingly important field, in Europe or around the world.

The graduates meet the requirements for a range of positions as a legal professional, including:

  • with national governments and public administration (within international organisations, as well as European as national);
  • within the judiciary, quasi-judicial bodies, or (policy) advisory bodies (including social-economic councils) on employment and labour law matters;
  • within national, regional, international non-governmental organisations dealing with social rights;
  • within trade unions (national, European, and global) or other bodies of workers representation (e.g. world works councils);
  • within employers organisations and associations, especially at European and global level;
  • HRM-departments of multinational or internationally operating enterprises;
  • within law firms specialising in employment and labour law cases; and
  • to pursue an academic career by continuing further academic research, e.g. in a PhD programme in the area of labour standards or social rights.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • International Labour Law
  • European Labour Law
  • Business and Labour Rights
  • Privatissimum
  • Private International Labour law
  • Social Dialogue and Collective Bargaining
  • Enforcement and Dispute Resolutio

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A full degree in law offering access to legal practice in the country where it was obtained, or an equivalent degree from a recognised university/law school;
  • or a degree at an equivalent level in a relevant discipline with a sufficient background in law; and
  • evidence of excellent academic performance.
  • Sufficient academic background in the area of labour law or European law.
  • A keen interest in the field of global and European labour law, illustrated by way of a letter of motivation.
  • Documented evidence of relevant (work) experience, i.e. employment or internship at a law firm, or voluntary work, illustrated by way of a detailed curriculum vitae.
  • Two letters of recommendation attesting to good academic and/or professional ability. At least one letter must be written by an academic staff member, for example a lecturer or academic supervisor.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18800 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18800 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    18800 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18800 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • Full time: €18,800
  • Part time: €9,400


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Global and European Labour Law (Advanced)
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