Two specialisation tracks
In today’s globalised world, public international law addresses complex, challenging issues that touch everyone’s lives.
In the Public International Law programme at Utrecht University, you will explore common themes of public international law with the option to take a specialisation in two tracks:
- Oceans, the Environment and Sustainability
- Human Rights
The Oceans, the Environment and Sustainability track will teach you significant knowledge of and insight in international environmental law and the law of the sea. The Human Rights track allows you to acquire both the broad overview and skills of a generalist and the in-depth knowledge of a specialist.
Multidimensional Teaching and Research
You will build relevant and current skills by studying actual cases facing the International Court of Justice and other international dispute settlement institutions. You will develop your argumentation abilities in moot courts, among other training methods, and learn to apply your knowledge of the law to real-life situations.
This academic and challenging English-taught LLM programme reflects the Law School’s multi-dimensional approach to legal teaching: developments in public international law are best seen from a broad perspective.
Active, Self-Designed Learning
Our Master’s programme in Public International Law offers you active learning methods in which your own interests, ambitions and aims will guide your learning experiences. Your lecturers take a supportive role in this self-created, individualised approach to your studies.
In the Capita Selecta modules and in your own specialisation, you will be trained in the essential skill of how to quickly deepen your knowledge of a current, specialised legal topic. From the very beginning, you will also take part in research and thesis training that prepares you to write your Master’s thesis, the culmination of your LLM programme.
If you have the drive to go the extra mile in your studies, we offer the LLM's Honours Programme which is an additional honours programme for the best and most highly motivated students.
The LLM in Public International Law has a strong connection to practice, so it offers you an excellent introduction to the legal profession. Moot courts, visits to legal and professional organisations and guest lecturers from the field provide a concrete vision of what it is like to work in public international law.
With the ability to critically reflect on today’s driving legal issues – such as human and environmental rights – you will be well-prepared for a legal career. Graduates from prior years have done well in a range of employment areas, including:
- Corporate and private law practice
- National public service as a diplomat or civil servant
- International courts
- Consultants for governments, international political organisations and NGOs
- Academic or legal research
Accredited by the NVAO - Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders.
- General Course in Public International Law
- International Law Moot Court
- Capita Selecta Iipm
- Research and Thesis Trajectory Public International Law
- International Law of the Sea
- International Environmental Law
- 12 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before , International
- Apply before , EEA/EU
- Apply before , National
DisciplinesInternational Law Public Law Master of Laws (LLM) View 48 other Masters in International Law in Netherlands
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- Eligible are graduates in law, this includes everyone who has completed the basic university curriculum in law, and has been awarded a law degree in their home country without necessarily having taken subsequent state or professional examinations which would allow them to practice law or be admitted to the Bar.
- Eligible are students with a Liberal Arts Bachelor’s degree with a good basic knowledge of law. This requirement is fulfilled by students who have completed at least 45 EC on law courses at an undergraduate or graduate level, preferably including basic courses on public international law and/or European Union law.
International18332 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 18332 EUR per year during 12 months.
EU/EEA2314 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 2314 EUR per year during 12 months.
Living costs for Utrecht
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