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International Criminal Law - Joint Program with Columbia Law School (International Criminal Law)


In this joint program with Columbia Law School, we focus on international and transnational criminal law as distinct fields of legal study. We start at the Amsterdam Law School with an introduction to common and civil law and procedural and substantive law of international courts and tribunals. At the end of the 1st semester you move to New York.

What is this programme about?

Students and lecturers will tell you what you can expect and discuss career opportunities once you have graduated.

The study programme

We offer a curriculum that enhances a broad and in-depth understanding of relevant issues of international and cross-border justice and the development of academic skills through in-depth analysis and experiential learning.

ICL JP starts with a 1st semester at the Amsterdam Law School that includes an introduction to common and civil law and procedural and substantive law of international courts and tribunals. You will have the opportunity to meet and hear from internationally renowned practitioners, including International Criminal Court judges and prosecutors. There will also be courses like Jurisdiction and Cooperation in Criminal Matters, Comparative Criminal Law and Procedure and Global Justice Sessions to provide a comprehensive foundation for future learning. Additionally, we offer a range of elective courses such as International Humanitarian Law, International Human Rights Law, International Refugee Law and International Law of Military Operations. Students will move to New York at the end of the 1st semester.

One of the core modules of the 1st semester is part of the Amsterdam Law Practice, our unique, award winning experiential education programme. A contemporary way of learning, in which you learn by doing and develop your professional identity by reflecting on who you are as a legal professional. The Amsterdam Law Practice received a Higher Education Award in 2022.

Is this programme for you?

  • You are interested in international and transnational criminal law as distinct fields of legal study.
  • You are eager to meet and hear from internationally renowned practitioners.
  • You like the fact that the programme combines the study of theoretical aspects and foundations of International Criminal Law with its practical application.
  • You have an interest in criminal law and human rights in an international context.

The Master's programme in International Criminal Law - Joint Program is a selective, specialised 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.

Broad and deep understanding

Develop a broad and deep understanding of relevant issues and academic skills 

Semester in New York

Get the opportunity to study in New York for one semester

Outstanding lecturers

Learn from leading professionals in the field

Top level programme

Take part in a unique top level programme in International Criminal Law

Discover the Master’s programme and tracks

The University of Amsterdam offers two tracks under its Master's programme in International Criminal Law. The second, other track offered by Amsterdam Law School provides a full LLM in International and Transnational Criminal Law, with the first semester being shared with the joint programme. The second semester includes courses on international and transnational criminal law as well as opportunities for internships, law clinics and involvement in the ICC Moot Court Competition organised by the International Bar Association & the Grotius Centre. 

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This programme offered the possibility to understand the broader context in which International Criminal Law is placed and helped me to identify obstacles and challenges for the future Laura Burens, student International Criminal Law Read more stories from students

After graduation

This joint LLM programme prepares you for a career in international criminal law. Graduates will be singularly qualified to assume leadership roles in the world of international criminal courts and tribunals. This includes the International Criminal Court (ICC), national legal institutions and law firms, and international criminal law academia and ministries of foreign affairs, justice and defence.

For Dutch students with a Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB) that qualifies for the requirements of the 'civiel effect’ from a Dutch university, completion of the Master’s programme in International Criminal Law fulfils the requirements for ‘civiel effect’. For more questions about civiel effect you can contact our study advisors.

Facts & Figures
Degree programme LLM International Criminal Law
Type Regular study programme
Mode Full-time
Credits 60 ECTS, 12 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 66456
Location Roeterseiland campus