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? In today’s globalized world, problems and challenges increasingly transcend national boundaries. Climate change, terrorism, trade wars, refugees and mass migration are examples of issues that require global solutions, and international law is an important tool to achieve and implement those solutions.
The LLM in Public International Law provides you with a solid understanding of general international law while at the same time allowing specialization in a particular area. You can tailor the Master’s programme to your personal interests and ambitions by enrolling in various elective courses. You will be taught by leading researchers in the field, as well as by people working with international law in practice.
About the study programme
This Master’s programme will extend your knowledge of general international law. Through the wide variety of elective courses on offer you can specialize in specific areas such as human rights law, international humanitarian law, international criminal law and international environmental law. This allows you to tailor the curriculum to your personal interests and ambitions.
You’ll take at least one experiential education course as part of the Amsterdam Law Practice. During the course Practising International Law, students work in a team preparing a memorandum on an international legal problem as part of a Clinic simulation. In the Amsterdam Law Clinics you can work on actual legal cases for NGOs and other clients under the guidance of our clinical staff. You also have the opportunity to participate in a moot court or pursue an internship in the field of international law.
Study programme: carriculum
The Master's programme Public International Law consists of a core of compulsory courses that ensure an in-depth knowledge of general international law and the development of the skills required for a career in international law. In addition, it allows students to tailor the programme to their personal interests and ambitions by enrolling in various elective courses.
Students are taught not only in lectures but also in small-group seminars. In these seminars, guided by a lecturer, they exchange views and debate solutions to complex legal issues. Lectures and seminars are taught by top researchers and practitioners. Many of them have experience at international institutions, international tribunals, and other public institutions or top law firms. Their work and activity drives the conversation in the field.
This Master offers you a unique programme for experiential education, under the umbrella of the Amsterdam Law Practice. You will work with fellow students towards the solution of practical legal problems. You learn by doing, in an educational setting that prepares you to be a lawyer that makes a difference.
The Public International Law track is designed to prepare graduates for an international career in European or international institutions, international business, law firms, government departments or non-governmental organisations.
The ever increasing importance and complexity of public international law is reflected in an increasing demand for professionals specializing in this area of law. The Public International Law track prepares you for a wide range of career paths. Our graduates can for example be found in:
Amsterdam Law School offers students information, workshops and individual vocational counseling through its Career Services Programme.