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International Children’s Rights (Advanced LL.M.)

The Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in International Children’s Rights (LL.M.) is a one of a kind program, offering in-depth specialization on the rights and interests of children from a legal perspective.

Prof. Ton Liefaard

Professor of Children's Rights

Prof. Ton Liefaard

“International children’s rights is a unique, dynamic and complex area of law. This programme offers advanced, specialist knowledge and practical skills required to effectively protect the rights of children worldwide.”

Daniella Zlotnik

Alumna

Daniella Zlotnik

“Studying in the International Children’s Rights programme at Leiden University has been a wonderful and thought-provoking experience. The programme provided me with the opportunity and tools to grow academically and continue to develop in the field of children’s rights.

I gained in-depth knowledge on current trends and challenges impacting children. The small-scale teaching helped us as students to have more in-depth interactions and exchanges with the academic staff and guest lecturers. Also, as an international student, I particularly enjoyed studying alongside a diverse group of students. The programme’s international setting allowed us to share our experiences, promote creativity and cooperation, and better understand the realities of children worldwide.”

Yoshie Noguchi

Senior Legal Officer at the International Labour Organization

Yoshie Noguchi

“I had a great honour and pleasure in giving lectures on child labour to the students at Leiden Advanced Studies in International Children’s Rights programme.”

“The lectures, and the visit of the students at the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva, focused on international labour law, and especially on the ILO standards. The Q&A and discussions with the students turned out extremely rich and stimulating for me – I hope also for the students. Child labour will likely remain among the important international topics in SDGs (target 8.7) as well as in the discourse of global supply chains’ compliance. In addressing child labour in practice, the legal prohibition is only a part of much wider and comprehensive set of policy and action with a holistic approach, reflecting the rights of children. I hope that the reflection on the issue of child labour will help all the students in the programme to gain a different perspective, whatever specific field they take in their career.”

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What does this master's programme entail?

The programme provides an advanced study of the field of children’s rights and pays particular attention to its intersections with diverse fields of law.

The program offers a multi-layered study (covering international, regional and national legal systems), as well as an interdisciplinary scope, to examine the most relevant issues impacting children worldwide. what are the rights of the child when it comes to forced marriages or protection against violence or exploitation? Which rights do refugee children have in their host communities? How do we balance between the rights of children, parents and the state? And how can children’s rights be legally enforced in various countries across the globe?

Reasons to choose International Children’s Rights at Leiden University?

  • Only one in the world: The programme prides itself as being the only programme in the world offering a legal degree (LL.M.) on international children’s rights.
  • Excellent reputation: The Department of Child Law at Leiden Law School enjoys a strong international reputation for its high-quality education and research. Leiden Law School ranks number 1 in the Netherlands, number 32 in the QS World University Ranking by subject and number 20 in the Times Higher Education World University Ranking.
  • Expert instructors: The academic staff members are renowned legal experts in children’s rights. You will also interact with prominent guest lecturers from international organisations, including the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. The program offers smale-scale learning environment, andprovides individual guidance to help you succeed.
  • Exciting career opportunities: the programme nurtures a new generation of scholars and practitioners and prepares  its students for a wide range of career opportunities working with and for children across the globe.

Find more reasons to study International Children’s Rights at Leiden University.

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