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Public International Law

12 months
19300 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
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The Public International Law is a one-year LLM programme at the internationally acclaimed Leiden Law School at Leiden University. The programme focuses on the legal framework that governs international relations in an increasingly complex global society.


At this Public International Law LLM programme at Leiden University 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?

The Public International Law (specialisation) offered at Leiden University will provide you with a broad academic training. 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. 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.

Career prospects

  • your national legal system;
  • international law departments of national institutions;
  • international governmental or non-governmental organisations;
  • internationally operating business enterprises;
  • academia.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • International Relations
  • Public International Law
  • International Dispute Settlement
  • International Criminal Law
  • Contemporary Issues - Privatissimum
  • The Law & Practice of International Organizations - Practicum
  • Human Rights, Humanitarian Law and Terrorism

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • In order to be considered for the Master programme Public International Law, you should possess (before the start of the programme) a Bachelor's in Law (LL.B) from a recognised research university

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19300 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19300 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • Second Dutch master’s programme: €15,100 per year

Living costs for Leiden

850 - 1250 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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