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

Programme structure

The programme provides an in-depth study of the field of children’s rights, and pays particular attention to how children’s rights laws intersect with other disciplines of law.

Programme outline

International children’s rights is a unique area of law because it is both multi-layered (covering international, regional and national legal systems) and interdisciplinary in its scope.

You will study children’s rights from a comparative perspective, which includes comparisons between international and national children’s rights instruments. You will also look at how children’s rights laws intersect with other disciplines of law, including:

  • human rights law
  • civil law
  • criminal law
  • humanitarian law
  • family law
  • migration law


In this programme, you will take the following courses:

  • Interaction between Children’s Rights and other International Legal Systems
  • Children in the Justice System
  • Child and Family in Private International Law
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights of Children
  • Child Protection and Children’s Rights
  • Migration and Children’s Rights
  • Enforcement and Monitoring of Children’s Rights
  • Children’s rights and digital technologies
  • Thesis

Full-time or part-time

You can follow the programme full-time for one year or part-time for two years. Part-time students are offered the same facilities and courses as full-time students, and the courses are offered during the day. For non-European students, the part-time option is not possible because of visa requirements.

For detailed information on the courses and curricula, see the e-Prospectus. Please note that this guide applies to the current academic year, which means that the curriculum for next year may differ slightly.

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