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Public International Law (International and European Law)
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Application & admission

Complete the steps below to register for the programme.

Please note:

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 and European 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.

  • 1. Check deadlines

    1 April

    Please note that the Master’s programmes Public International Law and International Trade and Investment Law do not have a February start.

  • 2. Check entry requirements

    To be admissible to the Master's programme in International and European Law: Public International Law applicants need to fulfill the following criteria:

    • An academic degree comparable to a Dutch Bachelor of Laws (see 1. ‘Academic background’).
    • Proficiency in English (see 2. ‘English Language Proficiency’).
    • Motivation and ability to engage with study at an advanced academic level.
    • Motivation to actively participate in classes and to put in the work necessary to succeed.
    • Affinity or experience with international law.
    • Well-developed writing skills.
    • Well-developed analytical skills and ability to convey ideas clearly and logically.

    A selection procedure applies whereby each application for admission is evaluated by the programme’s Selection Board, which is appointed by the Programme Director. The Admissions Board of the Faculty makes the final decision for each admission. A phone or video interview with the applicant may be part of the Admission process if the Selection Committee considers this necessary.

    Academic legal background

    Admission to the Master's programme is determined based on your academic background, which must include:

    An academic degree comparable to a Dutch Bachelor of Laws.

    • A Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts & Sciences from any University College in the Netherlands, including at least 45 EC of law courses as part of this completed programme.
    • A Dutch Bachelor's degree in European Studies or International Relations with a major in law provided that at least 45 ECTS of law courses were obtained within this completed programme.
    • A Bachelor’s degree from a research university (Dutch: WO) in another discipline, provided that at least 60 EC of law courses were obtained within this completed programme.
    • A Bachelor’s degree in the law track of PPLE (Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics), or comparable education at another research university.
    • A Bachelor’s degree from a research university (Dutch: WO) that does not belong to the above-mentioned categories followed by the Dutch-language Pre-Master’s programme (‘schakelprogramma’) International and European Law.

    Information on programmes for non-legal Bachelors

    • A Bachelor’s degree in Law from a university in applied sciences (Dutch: HBO-Rechten, CROHO code 39205) followed by the Dutch-language Pre-Master’s programme with ‘civiel effect’ at the Open University (Schakelzone Recht).

    Information on Pre-Master's programme at the Open University ('Schakelzone Recht', in Dutch)

    All applications will be evaluated on an individual basis.

    English language proficiency

    In an international environment, sufficient mastery of the English language is critical for academic success. International students must take an English-language proficiency test to demonstrate their ability. Dutch students who received their prior education in the Netherlands are exempted from this test.

    Questions? Please take a look at our FAQ.

  • 3. Submit enrolment application in Studielink
  • 4. Activate your UvAnetID

    After submitting your enrolment application in Studielink, you will receive an email with your UvAnetID. Follow the instructions in this email to activate your ID; you will need it to complete your UvA application.

  • 5. Submit your UvA application form

    After enrolling in Studielink, you will within 24 hours receive an automated email with a link to your MyInfo UvA application form. To log in to MyInfo you need your UvAnetID. Please fill out the application form, upload the required documents and submit your MyInfo application form before the application deadline.

    For this, you need your activated UvAnetID.

    Online application

    A completed online application consists of the following documents:

    • Curriculum Vitae.
    • A copy of university transcripts including grades (please note: if you have a non-legal Bachelor’s degree, please provide us with an overview of which courses on your transcript are law courses, including a document with course descriptions or syllabi of these courses. You can add these documents to your application after you have submitted your application form, by clicking on the paperclip sign next to your application in MyInfo to add additional documents).
    • A copy of university diploma (if it has already been obtained).
    • A motivation letter written by yourself (maximum 600 words):
      • setting out your affinity or experience with international law and motivation to participate and succeed in the programme (maximum 300 words, any additional words will not be considered); and
      • discussing one current problem or question of international law that triggers your interest in this field of law (maximum 300 words, any additional words will not be considered).
    • One reference letter from an academic referee (including his/her contact details). Referees should in any case address in the letter: their relation to the applicant; their opinion on the academic ability, and especially the writing and analytical skills of the applicant, and the participation of the applicant in class; their opinion on the applicant’s motivation to succeed in his or her studies.

    Prior education abroad

    Are you in possession of a degree certificate earned abroad? Submit your application for admission as early as possible; extra time is needed to evaluate diplomas from abroad. If you have questions in this regard, please contact the Admissions Office.

  • 6. Wait for the admissions decision

    Once we have received your completed application, it will be evaluated by our admissions committee. Only those applicants who fulfil the entry requirements and are therefore eligible to the Masters' programme International and European Law: Public International Law will be presented to the Selection Committee after the application deadline. The Committee will then decide on admission. You will be notified about the decision by email before the 1st of June.

  • 7. Accept/decline offer

    Accept

    If you meet all the entry requirements and the Admissions Office has approved your application, the university will send you a letter of acceptance by email. We request that you accept or decline within ten working days. After you have accepted your offer, your application will be further processed. Please note that if you do not respond to your offer after ten working days, there might be a chance your application or your visa request cannot be finalized and you will not be able to complete your enrolment. If you are unsure whether you are able to start your master’s programme, you can also select the option ‘I accept but I have doubts’.

    Defer

    A deferral of your application is not possible. However, you can apply for a next start moment. In case you wish to do so, please withdraw your enrolment request in Studielink. In order to apply for next start moment, please keep in mind that you will need to resubmit both your enrolment in Studielink and your UvA application form before starting the programme. It also means that you have to go through the selection process again and a place in the programme is not guaranteed. The admissions decision will be based on the entry requirements that apply for the academic year in which you wish to enrol.

    Decline

    If you decline your acceptance, please do not forget to de-enrol from the Master’s programme in Studielink.

  • 8. Submit certified documents

    Certified documents

    You will not need to send in documentation if you have completed a legal Bachelor’s programme in the Netherlands or will have done so before the 1st of September; we can verify your prior academic credentials based on the records provided by DUO. If that is the case, you do not need to send certified copies of your degree certificate or transcript. This exception applies to the following degree programmes:

    • Bachelor Rechtsgeleerdheid (croho 50700)
    • Bachelor Fiscaal Recht (croho 56827)
    • Bachelor Notarieel Recht (croho 56828)

    The same exception applies if you have completed a pre-Master's programme at the UvA or if you are applying based on the following diplomas granted by the UvA:

    • PPLE, with a major in Law
    • Liberal Arts & Sciences, with at least 45 ECTS credits in law courses
    • European Studies, with at least 45 ECTS credits in law courses
    • International Relations, with at least 45 ECTS credits in law courses

    If you are required to submit documentation, please send it before 1 September to:

    Amsterdam Law School - Admissions Office (room A6.01a)
    P.O. Box 1030
    1000 BA Amsterdam
    The Netherlands

    Or, if sent by registered post:

    Amsterdam Law School – Admissions Office (room A6.01a)
    Valckenierstraat 59
    1018 XE Amsterdam
    The Netherlands

    All documents 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 address above.

  • 9. Request student ID card

    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. 

  • 10. Register for courses

    Course registration

    After you have been (conditionally) admitted to the LLM programme at the Amsterdam Law School, you will need to sign up for courses during the registration periods indicated on the academic calendar.

    Please note: The Amsterdam Law Clinics have a different registration period prior to the course registration period. Check the clinics deadlines.

    For questions on course registration, please contact our Education Desk.

    Academic calendar

    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.

    Courses per semester

    You will find a course overview per semester (with course descriptions) in the online Course Catalogue.

Would you like to take a law Master's degree at the UvA after completing a non-legal university degree (at least a Bachelor's degree)? Then in certain cases this is possible via a transition program of 54 EC.