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‘My Master's directly shaped my decision to move further into academia’

Birte Böök is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Utrecht University. She talks about her career path after finishing her Master's Program in Public International Law at the Amsterdam Law School.

Birte Böök, graduate PIL

‘The experience of doing my LLM in Public International Law at Amsterdam Law School has been influential for my career path in various ways. For example, it directly shaped my decision to move further into academia. In particular, the guidance I received whilst writing my Master thesis at the UvA allowed me to develop as an independent scholar and led me to pursue a PhD at the European University Institute in Florence, which I successfully completed in November 2018. My PhD, which built on my Master thesis’ research on the interaction between state immunity and human rights, focused on international norm conflicts, exploring how the type of norms in conflict shape how they can be resolved. 

While I feel that the LLM prepared me well for an academic career and certainly inspired me to write my doctoral thesis, it also laid the foundations for a more practical career path. I am currently working as a legal consultant in Brussels, where I am directly involved in providing legal and policy advice to the European Union institutions. As part of this, I am involved in legal analyses, policy and country studies and research papers, in particular in the fields of justice, home affairs and fundamental rights. I am also involved in managing projects which require collaboration with country experts from all Member States of the European Union, as well as the EU institutions. 

By allowing students the freedom to follow their interests and offering an expansive selection of courses, together with its inspiring and approachable team of scholars, the LLM in Public International Law at the UvA provides a unique programme which lays the groundwork for its students to follow a variety of great career paths.’