All states have laws and their own legal system, and in most countries you can only study national law at the university level. Our LLB programme in International and European Law is specifically designed for students who wish to pursue a professional career in an international legal environment; it gives students an academic training in law without merely taking a national legal system as a starting point by offering students a general understanding of what 'law' is and how it functions.
The focus is therefore mainly on teaching public international law and European Union law. The core aim is to give students an understanding of the content and functioning of international and European law in the context of its development, and also of its application in an international, public, private economic, or policy-making, environment. General principles of all fields of law will be discussed in courses like Administrative Law, Criminal Law, Private Law, and Constitutional Law.
The bachelor's programme in International and European Law takes three years. The first year teaches just about all basic law fields and is therefore broad in character, with conceptsof private law, constitutional law, and criminal law discussed. In the second year, European Union law and public international law will be discussed to be a much larger extent, as well as research methods and training. The third year ends your bachelor programme by writing a thesis on a subject of your choice in law, which will be defended in front of supervisors and fellow students. This third year also requires students to study one semester at a university abroad. There is an interdisciplinary component in each year of this program.
Graduates of the bachelor programme in International and European Law will – after having completed an additional master programme - be qualified for careers in diplomacy, as civil servants for national ministries, the EU, the UN or other international organizations, in non-governmental organizations (such as Amnesty International or Greenpeace), in the international commercial sector (such as Unilever or Shell), or in academic teaching and research.
Entry into traditional legal professions (advocate, attorney, barrister, judge, etc.) is not guaranteed upon completion of the programme as such entry is depends on national requirements and/or exams. The programme does not directly qualify for these traditional legal professions in the Netherlands. For all countries, students should check the websites of the bar associations or judiciary of the country in question for specific details.