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Public International Law (International and European Law)

Public International Law (International and European Law)

The Master Public International Law at the University of Amsterdam is a one-year Programme that provides students with a solid understanding of general international law as well as with ample opportunity to specialise in particular areas such as human rights law, international humanitarian law, international criminal law and international environmental law, through the wide variety of elective courses on offer.

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Why study Public International Law at the University of Amsterdam?

The Amsterdam Law School has an excellent reputation for high quality of teaching and research. We consistently rank among the world’s top 40 Law Schools in both the Times Higher Education University Rankings and the QS World University Rankings, and top 5 among continental European Law Schools.

Flexible programme: The Public International Law Programme allows students to tailor the Master to their personal interests and ambitions by enrolling in various elective courses, and through their final project: the master thesis.

Practice-oriented: The Amsterdam Law School emphasises experiential education, a practice-oriented learning model in which students actively develop their legal skills by applying their knowledge to real-life and simulated real-life situations. All students in the Master Public International Law take at least one experiential education course as part of their degree. Intense experiential education, in the Amsterdam International Law Clinic and through participation in Moot Court competitions, is available on a competitive basis.

Research-based: Students are taught by leading researchers in the field, on the basis of recent cases and in light of ongoing legal debates. The Amsterdam Center for International Law (ACIL) offers a vibrant research community and many events are open to Master’s students. Students with a particular interest in research may take part in the ACIL Research Seminar as an elective course.

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The Public International Law track is taught by leading international law scholars with a high academic reputation and broad experience in the practice of international law. In addition to lectures, most courses are taught in smaller seminars or working groups allowing for a challenging exchange of ideas on the latest developments and academic insights in this dynamic area of law.

Career prospects

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.

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The Amsterdam Law School Campus

The Amsterdam Roeterseiland Campus of the University of Amsterdam gathers students in Law, Economics, Social and Behavioural Sciences, and Business. The UvA student community organises various cultural, political, and social events. Our new building, inaugurated in 2017, offers world class classrooms equipped with comfortable seating and modern technology for presentations. The campus is built around one of the famous Amsterdam canals, offering students stunning views of the city and a true ‘green campus’ environment, with various work and leisure spaces allowing them to perform individual and group coursework.

The Amsterdam Law School is located in central Amsterdam, a highly international city with a vibrant student life. Amsterdam is renowned for its tolerant, open and multicultural character, and also international students can easily enjoy the city’s cultural and social life. English is widely spoken around the country and many events, both at the university and in Amsterdam more broadly, take place in English. Amsterdam ranks 11th worldwide in a 2019 ‘Quality of Living’ survey. In the pan-European International Student Barometer, 96% of UvA students polled said they felt safe and secure in Amsterdam, and 97% said it was ‘the place to be’.

Programme Contacts

  • For questions regarding application, admission, scholarships etc, please contact the Admissions Office.
  • For substantive questions regarding the programme, please contact the academic coordinator, Rosanne van Alebeek.
dr. R. (Rosanne) van Alebeek

Academic Coordinator

Public International Law (International and European Law)
Degree programme LLM International and European Law
Type Regular study programme
Mode Full-time, part-time
Credits 60 ECTS, 12 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 60224