Leiden University

Leiden University

LL.M. Law: Public International Law (specialisation)


Rapenburg 70

PO Box 9500

Leiden, Zuid-Holla 2311 EZ



+31 71 527 1111

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Laws in Law: Public International Law (Specialisation)

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Master’s specialisation in Public International Law is an English-taught programme concerning 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. This requires a redefinition of the core values and principles that shape international law into a coherent and effective system for the promotion of stability, peace and security, and justice in an era of globalisation and interdependence. Who is entitled to intervene in situations of mass violations of human rights? What 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? These and many more questions have arisen with regard to the role of international law in international society. The Master’s Programme in Public International Law challenges students to develop their own views on the role and functioning of law in the international society. After providing students with a thorough understanding of the fundamental doctrines of public international law, the programme aims at confronting them with different perspectives from theory and practice. As the programme will be taught in Leiden and The Hague, it will, 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.


Accredited by the NVAO (Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation)

Facts & Figures

Classification: Non-U.S. Higher Ed. Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Small City

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