Edu type:
Formal education
Master (EQF 7)
Start date:
Study Load:
1680 hrs
1 year
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Can the EU impose sanctions on Russia for its alleged involvement in the downing of MH-17? Do human rights treaties apply when armed forces operate abroad? Today, problems increasingly transcend national boundaries. Climate change, terrorism and mass migration are examples of issues that require global solutions. During the track Public International Law of the Master's International and European Law we look at international law as a tool to achieve and implement those solutions.


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The study programme

The track Public International Law provides you with a solid understanding of general international law while also allowing specialization in a particular area. You can tailor the programme to your interests and ambitions by enrolling in elective courses. You will be taught by leading researchers in the field and by people working with international law in practice.


At least one course in your study programme is part of the Amsterdam Law Practice, our unique experiential education. A contemporary way of learning, in which you learn by doing and develop your professional identity by reflecting on who you are as a legal professional. 


Is this programme for you?

  • International students: admission to the Master’s programme is based on your prior academic credentials. 
  • Students with a Dutch degree: students with a Bachelor of Laws degree from a Dutch university and students with a PPLE degree with a ‘major in law’ are eligible for admission.
  • Both Dutch and international students must provide proof of English proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge certificate). Dutch students are exempted if they passed English for their VWO diploma (sufficient mark, 6 or higher) or possess a VWO certificate in English.

After graduation

The ever-increasing importance and complexity of public international law is reflected in a growing demand for professionals specializing in this area of law. This Master’s programme prepares you for a wide range of career paths in national and international legal practice.


Discover the other tracks

Did you know that Public International Law is part of the Master's programme International and European Law? European Union Law, European Competition Law and Regulation and International Trade and Investment Law are also tracks of this programme.