The Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in International Children’s Rights is a one of a kind program, offering an advanced master (LL.M) dedicated to the rights and interests of children from a legal perspective. Today – more than 25 years after the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child – the role of international, regional and domestic systems in issues of child protection, participation and empowerment is ever-growing and requires in-depth specialization.
Multi-layered and interdisciplinary
International children's rights (law) is a unique area of law because it is multi-layered (covering international, regional and national legal spectrums) and interdisciplinary (crossing different areas of law, both domestically and internationally).
Children's rights intersect with the areas of civil, criminal and administrative law, as well as public international law, international humanitarian law, international criminal law and international labour law. A special feature concerns the interplay between children's rights and private international law, in particular with the instruments developed by the Hague Conference on Private International Law.
In addition to our academic staff, which comprises renowned international legal experts in the field of children’s rights, the program offers students the opportunity to meet and discuss hot topics affecting children with guest lectures and representatives from NGO’s and international organizations, such as the Hague Conference on Private International Law and the International Labor Organization, as well as with prominent practitioners working in the field of children’s rights.
The program also includes a trip to Geneva to attend a session of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, and meet with other international organizations operating at the international arena on issues relating to children’s rights.
- law graduates in possession of a full law degree (offering access to legal practice) or legal professionals.
- graduates who hold a degree at an equivalent level in another discipline with a sufficient background in or understanding of law and/or sufficient professional experience in the field.
Admission and Application
Do you want to apply for this master’s programme at Leiden University? Find out how to apply for your programme by following the step-by-step guide in the application and admission section: