Leiden University's Master of Laws in Advanced Studies in International Dispute Settlement and Arbitration (L.L.M.) is a high-level postgraduate program on the theory and practice of international dispute settlement and arbitration in international law.
What does this master's program entail?
How do States settle their international disputes? How is litigation and arbitration at the international law level conducted? Can investment disputes between a State and a foreign investor or between two States be arbitrated? What is the role of the International Court of Justice and other international courts and tribunals in international society?
Learn how to answer and deal with these and other questions from an international law perspective.
Reasons to choose International Dispute Settlement and Arbitration?
As a student of Advanced Studies in International Dispute Settlement and Arbitration, you will benefit from:
- Excellent reputation: Leiden Law School enjoys a strong international reputation for its high-quality education and research.
- Unique focus: Graduates will gain in-depth knowledge of law dispute settlement and arbitration in public international, but dispute settlement in other fields will also be noticed, equipping them with skills that will prepare them for their future profession.
- Expert instructors: You will be taught by expert staff and guest lecturers who are internationally renowned in the field of dispute settlement and arbitration. Many of our teaching staff are not only academics but also arbitrators, attorneys-at-law or prominent members of international organizations such as the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA).
Is International Dispute Settlement and Arbitration the right program for you?
This program is a good fit for you if you have a sincere interest in the field and:
- you are a qualified lawyer who would like to further specialize in the field or enhance your career prospects, or
- you are an excellent student who has a full degree in Law offering access to legal practice, or
- you have relevant professional experience in the field.
The program caters to those who are working in or would like to pursue a career in legal practice, international organizations, governmental institutions, international non-governmental organizations or in academia. You can follow the program full-time for one year or part-time for two years.
To be eligible for International Dispute Settlement and Arbitration at Leiden University, you must meet the following admission requirements.
- Full degree in Law offering access to legal practice in the country where it was obtained or an equivalent degree from a recognized University/Law School; or a degree at an equivalent level in another discipline with a sufficient background in or understanding of the law.
- Evidence of excellent academic performance, illustrated by way of an academic transcript and letters of recommendation.
- Proven English language proficiency, demonstrated by way of a TOEFL test (overall score of 100 Internet-based), or IELTS test (overall score of 7.0), or Cambridge English Proficiency certificate (CPE), evidenced by an appropriate test, occasionally complemented by a telephone interview.
- In addition to the above-mentioned overall English test scores, minimum band scores of IELTS 6.0 (TOEFL 20) are required for all sub-sections.
This requirement does not apply if you have:
- Completed your education in Canada (except Quebec), USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia, or
- An International Baccalaureate.
Presessional English Course
Applicants may be offered admission to a one-month pre-sessional English course prior to entry if they have the following English language test scores – this always at the discretion of the program admission board:
- An overall English score of IELTS 6.5 (TOEFL 90) – with no band scores lower than IELTS 5.5 (TOEFL 17).
- A sufficient overall English score, but one or more band score of IELTS 5.5 (TOEFL 17).
- Meeting the admission requirements does not necessarily guarantee an admission offer. Students are selected on the basis of overall merit.
- As a non-EU/EEA student you can only opt for the full-time face to face (or blended learning option that is available for Air and Space Law students), but not for the part-time face to face option.