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European and International Human Rights Law (Advanced LL.M.)

12 months
19300 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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When human rights are violated by a particular state or society, is it more effective to use national, regional or international human rights protection mechanisms to address the issue? How do political, social and cultural settings affect these mechanisms? These questions are a main topic at the European and International Human Rights Law (Advanced LL.M.) LL.M. programme at Leiden University.


Human rights are at risk in all societies. Though various national, regional and international human rights instruments have been developed to protect the human rights of all people, some of these are more effective than others in particular situations. At the European and International Human Rights Law (Advanced LL.M.) LL.M. programme at Leiden University, you will compare the functionality of different protection mechanisms that are currently in place. 

To this end you will not just study 'the law the books', but also 'the law in action'. You will also learn how the promotion of human rights may require different strategies indifferent political, social and cultural settings. You will also experience this during the study trip to Strassbourg and/or Geneva.

Is the Law in European and International Human Rights (Advanced LL.M.) LLM programme at Leiden University the right programme for you? Would you like to actively work to protect the human rights of people across the globe? Are you interested in applying your knowledge of human rights law to real-world political, social and legal settings? Then this is the programme for you. You should also have a sufficient background in law.

Career prospects

  • judges’ cabinets at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg
  • the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg
  • the International Court of Justice in the Hague
  • cabinets of Commissioners of the European Commission in Brussels
  • diverse sections of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva
  • the UN High Commissioner for Refugees
  • the International Committee of the Red Cross
  • national and international NGOs
  • the civil service in their home countries
  • law firms

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • European Human Rights Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Discrimination Law: Transnational Perspectives
  • Human Rights, Security and Fair Adjudication of Justice
  • Making Human Rights Work: Legal and Non-Legal Strategies
  • Children’s Rights from an International Comparative Perspective

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

The following diploma requirements apply for this programme:

  • 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.

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.
  • Part-time: €9,650.

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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