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EU/EEA students: 15 June (September intake); 1 December (February intake)
This one-year programme offers a thorough and multifaceted training in law. The programme is mainly taught in Dutch, apart from the specialisations European Law and Public International Law.
Specialisation European Law:
This one-year programme is designed for students who wish to specialise in the important and rapidly developing field of European law. The programme is taught in English and attracts students from around the world.
The content of the master's programme is connected with that of the Law Faculty's research programme: Securing the Rule of Law in a World of Multi-level Jurisdiction. Briefly stated, the research programme addresses the question as to how the rule of law (i.e. democracy, protection of human rights, adequate legal remedies) can be maintained when the law is formed at several levels.
Specialisation Public International Law:
The one-year programme - taught in English - focuses on the law that governs international relations. In the not so distant past, this was more or less limited to relations between states, but in recent years international organisations, peoples, enterprises and individuals have also become part of the increasingly complex global society and therewith of the realm of international law. As a student of this programme, you will be challenged to develop your own views on the role and functioning of law in the international society.
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 based 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.
For detailed information on the courses and curricula, see the e-Prospectus:
In this masters programme you are prepared as best as possible for professional practice. Many of our lecturers come from professional practice. Much attention is paid in the masters programme to the training of academic skills which are also of great value in practice. You take part in debates, carry out legal research, write papers and hold presentations.
You can work in many sectors, and about half of the graduates find employment in a traditional legal profession, for example in the judiciary, OM, by legal advisers in the legal or notary. Also, research is a possibility: the faculty leads a network of leading European law faculties.
Do you want to apply for this programme at Leiden University? Find out how to apply by following the step-by step guide.
Are you curious, critical and involved in the world around you? At Leiden University, the oldest university in the Netherlands, you can make a valuable contribution to tackling the various national and international challenges facing modern society. Together with academics and fellow students from all over the world, you will actively address these challenges. We keep an open mind, do not shy away from difficult discussions and allow one another the space to disagree. We expect the same active, open-minded and critical attitude from you.
We challenge you to look beyond your own boundaries. Leiden University welcomes anyone who wants to achieve their full potential. Our modest community size in the historical cities of Leiden and The Hague creates a highly personal and committed atmosphere. Together, we map out a learning path that suits you and your ambitions. You will also be encouraged to conduct research in cooperation with eminent and enthusiastic scholars. The knowledge and skills you develop here will benefit you for the rest of your life, regardless of the career path you choose!