Complete the steps below to register for the programme.
Have you suffered a study delay in the past year of your current Bachelor’s programme? Subject to strict conditions, you can submit a request for admission with study delay as of 1 July 2021. For more information please take a look at step 6 below.
In Studielink, the name of the Master's programme does not mention the track name. To register for this track in Studielink, first select 'International Criminal Law’ as your study programme. You will be asked to select the specific track during a following step.
Questions? Please take a look at our FAQ.
Please note that If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, the application deadline is the 15 January. Bare in mind that we need all documentation before this deadline.
The Master's programme in International and Transnational Criminal Law is a selective, specialized programme open to a limited number of motivated, ambitious students. A selection procedure applies whereby students with the most competitive applications will be admitted to the programme.
Admission to the Master’s programme is determined based on 3 aspects:
1. Academic background
2. Basic knowledge of Public International Law is required
3. English language proficiency
All applications will be evaluated on an individual basis.
Basic knowledge of Public International Law is required for this Master’s programme. The Amsterdam Law School offers a self-study course in Public International Law before the Master’s programme starts, followed by an examination in September. This course is compulsory for those students who have not completed a course in (Public) International Law during their study programme. The course does not count for the 60 ECTS of the Master’s programme.
In an international environment, sufficient mastery of the English language is critical for academic success. Students must take an English-language proficiency test to demonstrate their ability. The Amsterdam Law School accepts the following tests and test results:
The following students are exempted from the above-mentioned test requirements:
Applicants will be selected on the basis of study results and motivation by a Selection Committee Board. The criteria that are employed by this committee are as follows:
After submitting your enrolment application in Studielink, you will receive an email with your UvAnetID. Follow the instructions in the email to activate your ID as you will need it to complete your UvA application.
Once you have registered in Studielink, you will receive an email with your UvA student number (UvA-net ID) and an email with instructions for the next step of the application process: filling in the application form. You need your UvA-net ID to continue with your application.
You should receive the instruction email within approximately 24 hours after registering in Studielink. This instructional email includes a link to our online application form.
Applicants with a non-EU/EEA nationality are charged an administrative fee of €100 to be paid while submitting the application form. The fee is reimbursed to students who subsequently enrol successfully at the Amsterdam Law School.
Please note that if you have applied for this programme last year and you have paid the application fee, but you have decided to withdraw your application due to Covid-19, let the admissions office know, so you won’t have to pay the fee again. This won’t apply to students who have asked for reimbursement.
A complete online application consists of the following documents:
Please note that if you have applied last year, but you have decided to withdraw your application due to Covid-19, we advise you to upload a new updated motivation letter.
After the deadline of 1 April, your application will be evaluated by our admissions committee. Only those applicants who fulfil the entry requirements and are therefore eligible to the masters programme International Criminal Law Joint Programme, will be presented to the Selection Committee. Qualified candidates may be invited for an interview with the members of the Committee, under Covid19 circumstances, via Zoom. The Committee will then decide on admission. You will be notified about the decision by email before the 1st of June.
If you get selected for this programme, the university will send you a letter of acceptance by email. We request that you accept or decline within ten working days.
If you decline acceptance, please do not forget to de-enrol from the Master’s programme in Studielink.
If you have been selected for our Master's programme we need to verify your prior academic credentials. You will need to send us certified copies of your transcripts and degree certificates. Photocopies or scans of the original certified documents are not accepted.
Your diploma and transcripts need to be officially certified (i.e., must bear the original stamp or signature of your university or a notary), and sent with the printed version of the completed online application form to the following address:
Amsterdam Law School - Admissions Office (room A6.01a)
P.O. Box 1030
1000 BA Amsterdam
Or, if sent by registered post:
Amsterdam Law School – Admissions Office (room A6.01a)
1018 XE Amsterdam
If you have not yet sent your English test results, please make sure you do so before the deadline.
TOEFL: When signing up for the TOEFL test, please make sure to mention our institutional code: 9011. If you do not, we cannot verify your results online and you will need to send us the original test results.
IELTS: Once you have taken the test, you will receive a test report number. Please make sure to send us this number so we can verify your results online.
Cambridge English Language Assessment: Once you have taken the test, you will receive a confirmation of entry. The confirmation includes a ‘Candidate ID number’ and a ‘Candidate’s secret number’. Please make sure to send us both so we can verify your results online.
A student ID card is a personal document which serves as proof of identity for examinations and library privileges. You will receive instructions explaining how to request your student ID card.
After you have been (conditionally) admitted to the LLM programme by the Amsterdam Law School you will be signed up for courses by the Amsterdam Law School for the first semester.
For questions about course registration, please contact the Education Desk.
The academic year is divided into two semesters, each lasting 20 weeks. Semester 1 classes begin in the first week of September. Semester 2 classes begin in the first week of February. At the Amsterdam Law School, the semesters are further divided into two teaching periods. These begin in week 1 and week 9 of each semester.
You will find a course overview per semester (with course descriptions) in the online Course Catalogue.
Moving to another city, while exciting, can also be overwhelming. UvA Student Services organises Start Appointments each year (free of charge) to help with the practical issues you may encounter during your transition to Amsterdam, such as registering with the municipality or opening a Dutch bank account. You will receive an invitation for a Start Appointment once you have submitted your immigration application. There are two levels of Start Appointment: all-inclusive and regular.
To help you get started, the Amsterdam Law School organizes a (mandatory) Introduction Day for all new Master’s students. You will find information on the Introduction Day on the student website.