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International Children's Rights (Advanced), LL.M.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #68 (WUR) ,
The International Children's Rights (Advanced) programme from Leiden University provides an advanced study of the field of children’s rights and pays particular attention to its intersections with diverse fields of law.


The International Children's Rights (Advanced) programme from Leiden University offers a multi-layered study (covering international, regional and national legal systems), as well as an interdisciplinary scope, to examine the most relevant issues impacting children worldwide. what are the rights of the child when it comes to forced marriages or protection against violence or exploitation? Which rights do refugee children have in their host communities? How do we balance between the rights of children, parents and the state? And how can children’s rights be legally enforced in various countries across the globe?

Reasons to choose International Children’s Rights at Leiden University?
  • Only one in the world: The programme prides itself as being the only programme in the world offering a legal degree (LL.M.) on international children’s rights.
  • Expert instructors: The academic staff members are renowned legal experts in children’s rights. You will also interact with prominent guest lecturers from international organisations, including the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. The program offers smale-scale learning environment, andprovides individual guidance to help you succeed.
  • Exciting career opportunities: the programme nurtures a new generation of scholars and practitioners and prepares  its students for a wide range of career opportunities working with and for children across the globe.


When you graduate, you will have the skills and expertise for a career as a children’s rights specialist and to promote child-friendly policies, legal reform and advocacy on various issues that impact children worldwide.

This program aims to nurture a new generation of scholars and practitioners, and prepare its students to address the issues impacting the rights and interests of children across the globe.

Our graduates meet the requirements for a range of positions including:

  • governmental and inter-governmental bodies and public administration (both national and international)
  • national, regional and international (non-governmental) organisations dealing with children’s rights issue
  • the judiciary
  • national human rights institutions (e.g. ombudspersons)
  • civil society organizations dealing with children’s rights issue
  • monitoring and advisory national and international bodies or
  • law firms or companies involved with children and/or family matters.


The programme is assessed "excellent" by the NVAO (the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders).

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Interaction between Children’s Rights and other International Legal Systems
  • Children in the Justice System
  • Child and Family in Private International Law
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights of Children
  • Child Protection and Children’s Rights
  • Migration and Children’s Rights
  • Enforcement and Monitoring of Children’s Rights
  • Children’s rights and digital technologies
  • Thesis

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • If you need a visa or residence permit, you must apply before 1 April.
    • If you do not need a visa or residence permit, you must apply before 15 June.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description
      • As a non-EU/EEA student you can only opt for the full-time programme option.
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

Academic requirements

  • have 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 another discipline with a sufficient background in or understanding of law;
  • have evidence of excellent academic performance, illustrated by way of an academic transcript
Programme-specific requirements
  • a keen interest in matters of International Children’s Rights, illustrated by a letter of motivation
  • documented evidence of relevant (work) experience
  • two letters of reference attesting to good academic and/or professional ability.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17500 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2083 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2083 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Part-time fee

UK/EU - €8,750 per year.

Living costs for Leiden

  • 850 - 1250 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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