The Master's programme Public International Law consists of a core of compulsory courses that ensure an in-depth knowledge of general international law and the development of the skills required for a career in international law. In addition, it allows students to tailor the programme to their personal interests and ambitions by enrolling in various elective courses.
Students are taught not only in lectures but also in small-group seminars. In these seminars, guided by a lecturer, they exchange views and debate solutions to complex legal issues. Lectures and seminars are taught by top researchers and practitioners. Many of them have experience at international institutions, international tribunals, and other public institutions or top law firms. Their work and activity drives the conversation in the field. Read more about our students and staff.
This Master offers you a unique programme for experiential education, under the umbrella of the Amsterdam Law Practice. You will work with fellow students towards the solution of practical legal problems. You learn by doing, in an educational setting that prepares you to be a lawyer that makes a difference.
Students have to choose one of the following courses. Since the moot courts and the Amsterdam Law Clinic are selective courses in which only a few students can participate, students are advised to always also register for the course 'Practising International Law'.
You must choose courses from this list with a total value of 18 EC. The Amsterdam Law Clinic is in principle a Restricted-choice elective: Amsterdam Law Practice course that students can choose instead of the course 'Practising International Law'. Only in exceptional cases, and with permission of the track coordinator, can students be admitted to the Amsterdam Law Clinic as an elective course. Students who wish to enrol in the Amsterdam Law Clinic, even though they are also enrolled in one of the other Restricted-choice elective: Amsterdam Law Practice courses should contact the track coordinator Dr. R. van Alebeek.
The Master’s programme is concluded with the writing and presentation of a Master’s thesis.
The information on this website is valid for the current academic year and may change for next year. In May the course catalogue is updated for the next academic year.