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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.

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.

Admission requirements (General)

  • The basic requirement for admission is a university Law degree which entitles the holder to practise in his/her country of origin or signifying completion of the academic stage of legal education (e.g. LLB)
  • The transcript of studies must reflect a GPA (Grade Point Average) equivalent to 7/10 (Dutch grading scale);
  • Proof of English proficiency (minimum scores required);
  • Letter of motivation;
  • A curriculum vitae;
  • One academic reference

Specific requirements can be found here.

Application deadlines (course starts September 1, 2019)

  • EU/EEA students: May 1, 2019
  • Non-EU/EEA students: May 1, 2019

Tuition fees

  • EU/EEA students: € 2083
  • non-EU/EEA students: € 14650
Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated October 18, 2018
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