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The ever-increasing importance and complexity of public international law is reflected in a growing demand for professionals specializing in this area of law. This programme prepares you for a wide range of career paths in national and international legal practice.

Our graduates work:

  • For government departments (Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Justice)
  • In international organizations (UN, WTO, EU)
  • In non-governmental public interest organizations like Amnesty International or Greenpeace
  • In national and international courts (International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court)
  • In law firms and multinational corporations


Joelle Trampert
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‘I became deeply interested in state responsibility and human rights law during my Master’s. The Amsterdam Law School offers an ideal Master’s in this field, as students can tailor the programme to meet their individual interests and needs.’ Joëlle Trampert, PhD Candidate University of Amsterdam
Academic career

You can also choose to pursue an academic career at the university after completing your Master's degree. As a PhD student, you will conduct research and give lectures.

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UvA Student Careers Centre

The Student Careers Centre is there to help with your career development. You can contact them to discuss your options, ambitions and doubts at any time during your studies.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • What will my career prospects be like?

    The ever-increasing importance and complexity of public international law is reflected by a growing demand for professionals specialized in this area of law. You can find our graduates in government departments like the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Justice, in international organizations like the UN, the WTO and the EU, in non-governmental public interest organ­izations like Amnesty International and Greenpeace, in national and international courts like the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court, as well as in law firms and multinational corporations.

  • Can I already get career advice during my studies?

    For advice regarding your choice of Master's programme and/or if you need help in shaping your career, please contact our Student Careers Center. They specialize in guiding and advising students and graduates in finding a suitable job. They will guide you through your orientation and questions. You can contact them for information, advice, workshops, events and individual guidance at studentcareerscentre@uva.nl.

  • Can I gain admission to the bar and acquire ‘civiel effect’?

    Obtaining ‘civiel effect’ in the Netherlands requires both the degrees of Bachelor and Master of Laws completed at a Dutch university (cf. art. 2 Advocatenwet), as well as meeting the requirements of the "Convenant Civiel Effect" of 2016. Please note that the Bachelor’s in Law, and some Law programmes at the Master's level, are taught solely in Dutch. 

    If you obtained your Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree in law in another European country (EER or Switzerland), you may be eligible for exemption from some courses within the UvA's Bachelor’s in Law. Please contact the Examinations Board of the Amsterdam Law School for more information. You may also want to consult the information on European graduates/lawyers on the NoVA websiteExternal link