Master in Public International Law

Utrecht University

Program Description

Master in Public International Law

Utrecht University

ABOUT

Our Master’s program in Public International Law (PIL) at Utrecht University will equip you with a broad range of legal tools to address current legal concerns facing the world. PIL is a flexible program that offers you many options, both during your study period and in your career possibilities post-graduation. As an added benefit, the international mix of students in this program means that you – by working together – will actually offer each other personal "comparative" insights on international law.

Two specialisation tracks
In today’s globalised world, public international law addresses complex, challenging issues that touch everyone’s lives. In the PIL program, you will explore common themes of public international law with the option to take a specialisation in two tracks:

  • Environment and Law of the Sea
  • Human Rights

The Environment and Law of the Sea track will teach you significant knowledge of and insight in international environmental law and the law of the sea. The Human Rights track allows you to acquire both the broad overview and skills of a generalist and the in-depth knowledge of a specialist.

Judged as top-rated program in the Netherlands

The highly regarded Keuzegids Master’s Selection Guide 2018 ranked Utrecht University’s Public International Law as top-rated master's program in its field in the Netherlands.

MULTIDIMENSIONAL TEACHING AND RESEARCH

You will build relevant and current skills by studying actual cases facing the International Court of Justice and other international dispute settlement institutions. You will develop your argumentation abilities in moot courts, among other training methods, and learn to apply your knowledge of the law to real-life situations. This academic and challenging English-taught LLM program reflects the Law School’s multi-dimensional approach to legal teaching: developments in public international law are best seen from a broad perspective.

ACTIVE, SELF-DESIGNED LEARNING

Our Master’s program in Public International Law offers you active learning methods in which your own interests, ambitions and aims will guide your learning experiences. Your lecturers take a supportive role in this self-created, individualised approach to your studies. In the Capita Selecta modules and in your own specialisation, you will be trained in the essential skill of how to quickly deepen your knowledge of a current, specialised legal topic. From the very beginning, you will also take part in research and thesis training that prepares you to write your Master’s thesis, the culmination of your LLM program. If you have the drive to go the extra mile in your studies, we offer the LLM's Honours Program which is an additional honours program for the best and most highly motivated students.

SPECIFIC KNOWLEDGE, BROAD PERSPECTIVES

The Master in Public International Law provides you with thorough and highly individualised training that will prepare you for a legal career in an international environment. You’ll develop your academic and practical abilities through taking part in moot courts, visiting legal and professional organisations and undertaking research focused on your thesis. You will also learn to reflect critically on current legal dilemmas, both human and environmental, presented by our globalised and interdependent world. Whether you aim to build a career as a diplomat, attorney or policy officer in national government, research scientist, legal advisor in an NGO or governmental organisation, or attorney in the legal department of a multinational corporation business, you will learn to work effectively and ethically in the complex world of public international law. When you graduate from this program, you will receive an LLM diploma.

TOWARDS A PROFESSIONAL CAREER

The LLM in Public International Law has a strong connection to practice, so it offers you an excellent introduction to the legal profession. Moot courts, visits to legal and professional organisations and guest lecturers from the field provide a concrete vision of what it is like to work in public international law. With the ability to critically reflect on today’s driving legal issues – such as human and environmental rights – you will be well-prepared for a legal career. Graduates from prior years have done well in a range of employment areas, including:

  • Corporate and private law practice
  • National public service as a diplomat or civil servant
  • International courts
  • Consultants for governments, international political organisations and NGOs
  • Academic or legal research

After finishing your studies, you can work as a:

  • Diplomat, lawyer, or policy officer in national government (for example, as a legal advisor in Foreign Affairs).
  • Teacher or researcher/PhD in the field of international public law.
  • Lawyer or policy officer in international government, NGOs, or businesses (for example, legal advisor at Greenpeace).
  • Attorney specialising in the area of international public law.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated December 1, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2019
Duration
Duration
1 year
Full time
Price
Price
2,083 EUR
Dutch and other EU/EEA students (statutory fee 2019-2020): € 2,083. Non-EU/EEA students (institutional fee): 2018-19: € 15,575, 2019-20: € 16,600
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Locations
Netherlands - Utrecht, Utrecht
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Sept. 2019
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