LLM in Public International Law

University of Groningen

Program Description

LLM in Public International Law

University of Groningen

The LLM programme in Public International Law at the University of Groningen provides students with a strong foundation in most fields of public international law, and is designed to provide an optimal mix of teaching and mentorship, to ensure the realization of our goals in the field of knowledge dissemination and the training of academic, legal, and practical skills.

Within these parameters, the programme offers some flexibility in the range of courses that can be chosen and students can opt for a peace & security, an economic/environmental or a dispute settlement profile. The programme offers the opportunity for starting or enhancing one's professional career in an international legal environment, be it at a national government level, in the United Nations, or at an international non-governmental agency.

Following an LLM programme in any field of international law in the Netherlands guarantees that students will study in an optimally international law-oriented environment: some of the most important international legal institutions in the world reside in the Netherlands, including the International Court of Justice, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, the International Criminal Court and the Iran-US Claims Tribunal.

Furthermore, in the Netherlands are some of the best international law libraries in the world, including the library of the Peace Palace, and internationally renowned international law research institutions, like the TMC Asser Institute for International Law. Access to these various institutions is available to LLM students and the International Office organizes excursions to some of these institutions every year.

Career Prospects

International law can be found everywhere and is practiced all around the world, therefore opportunities are not limited to the legal department of an international organization or the foreign ministry. Expertise in international law is needed in many national governmental institutions and ministries, intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, internationally operating enterprises and academic institutions.

Moreover, in larger law firms and legal companies, expertise in public international law is relevant for international cases and arbitrations. Many young professionals have successfully participated in the programme in the past.

Admission Requirements

Language requirements

If you are not a native speaker of English, you will need to provide proof of your English proficiency. Acceptable test scores are:

  • TOEFL: 92 (all sections need to be at least 21; the writing section needs to be at least 23)
  • IELTS: 6.5 (all sections need to be at least 6.0; the writing section needs to be at least 6.5)
  • CAE or CPE
  • Applicants who are taking/have completed an English-taught bachelor programme at a Dutch research university are exempt from taking an English proficiency test.

If you have taken or plan to take an English language test that is not listed here, please contact us for more information.

Previous education

You will need a Law degree and a GPA equivalent to 7/10 on a Dutch grading scale to qualify for this programme. Furthermore, you will need to provide an academic reference, your curriculum vitae, and a motivation letter. For details about the admission requirements, please see the Master in Law admission requirements on our website.

A helpful indication of the required knowledge for this programme:

  • knowledge minimum law: basic knowledge of administrative law, constitutional law, property law, and contract law plus elementary knowledge of the public international law and/or European law.
  • knowledge minimum social science: basic knowledge of social science research methodology, the theory of social science, policy studies, and organization studies.

Application deadlines (course starts September 1, 2018)

  • EU/EEA students: May 1, 2018
  • Non-EU/EEA students: May 1, 2018

Tuition fees

  • EU/EEA students: € 2060
  • non-EU/EEA students: € 14200
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 18, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 4, 2018
1 year
Full time
2,060 EUR
June 1, 2018
Netherlands - Groningen
Start date: Sept. 4, 2018
Application deadline June 1, 2018
End date Request Info
Sept. 4, 2018
Netherlands - Groningen
Application deadline June 1, 2018
End date Request Info
- EU, 14.200 EUR. - non-EU per year