International Children’s Rights (Advanced LL.M.)
When you graduate, you will have the skills and expertise for a career as a children’s rights specialist and to promote child-friendly policies, legal reform and advocacy on various issues that impact children worldwide.
Capucine Page (France)
"Completing the programme not only provided me with a comprehensive knowledge of children’s rights, but it also gave me the capacities to work on assignments very focused on professional realities."
"This has certainly contributed to obtaining my current position as a Legal Officer at the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law where I work on the 1993 Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption and on the Parentage / Surrogacy Project."
Menna Radwan (Egypte)
"Leiden offered a great turning point and it is just the start to other outstanding milestones in the International children’s rights field.”
"I am Menna Radwan, a 25-year-old Egyptian citizen who have been passionate about the children’s rights field since I was 18 years old. I have been into this field since I was a fresh man at Cairo University. I volunteered in the field nationally where I worked with street children, children at risk and mentally challenged children. Also, my volunteering experience didnt stop there, as I was an exchange participate in India 2013 and Tunisia 2015 where i was working on the right of the child to education. Later on, I started to work more on my passion to this field to make my dream to be in expert in this field comes true. I did a diploma in public policies and children’s rights at Cairo university. Accompanying this academic experience with a professional one where I worked at the ministry of social solidarity. After that, I merged my experience at children’s rights field with Refugee/Asylum seeker field where i did an internship at Refugee Status Determination at UNHCR and later on, I worked as a child protection caseworker on a project at Save the children which works with accompanied and separated minors (Refugees and asylum seeker). Then, I decided that I want to aim higher and get exposed academically to a new legal approach in one of the finest programmes in a world top 30 university.
I am grateful and honored that I was part of class 2017/2018 of the Advanced Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Children’s Rights at Leiden University. This programme opened my horizons to an analytical legal approach through the top-ranked International academic articles and researches to work on the international children’s rights. I had the opportunity to be the student and meet the well known academia and professional practitioners in this field from all over the world and from most of the well-established organizations. Also, this programme made us exposed to the International dynamics of the children’s rights between the different International actors through our visit to Geneva. Now I am an alumni of this programme and I am very proud and grateful to be. It gave me an outstanding and remarkable experience.
As soon as I was back to my home country, I started to work as a protection caseworker at Save the Children in a project funded by the EU which works with the children and youth in the different legal status (Refugees, Asylum seekers, Migrants and Nationals). Leiden offered a great turning point and it is just the start to other outstanding milestones in the International children’s rights field.”
Ludovica del Vecchio (Italy)
"Thanks to the different types of teachings and experiences offered by this Master, I have found a fantastic job, even before graduating, at an international children’s rights NGO in Amsterdam."
"The international and stimulating environment opened my mind and let me grew not only academically and professionally, but also personally. Having the possibility to get to know and be thought by the best Professors and Professionals in the field of Children’s Rights, while creating great friendships and relationships with people of such different backgrounds, but still united by the same passion, is just amazing.
It must also be said, however, that this master pushed me to my limits: we had very tight deadlines and a huge amount of work, trying to keep up with classes, assignment and field trips. Everything was worth it. Indeed, thanks to the different types of teachings and experiences offered by this Master, I have found a fantastic job, even before graduating, at KidsRights, an international children’s rights NGO in Amsterdam.
I will be forever grateful for my year at Leiden University. It is now a place that I am honored to call Home."
This programme aims to nurture a new generation of scholars and practitioners, and prepare its students to address the issues impacting the rights and interests of children across the globe.
Our graduates meet the requirements for a range of positions including:
- governmental and inter-governmental bodies and public administration (both national and international)
- national, regional and international (non-governmental) organisations dealing with children’s rights issue
- the judiciary
- national human rights institutions (e.g. ombudspersons)
- civil society organizations dealing with children’s rights issue
- monitoring and advisory national and international bodies or
- law firms or companies involved with children and/or family matters.
Children’s rights specialists
The Advanced Studies in International Children’s Rights programme equips its graduates with the relevant skills and expertise to pursue a career as children’s rights specialists, and promote child-friendly policies, legal reform, advocacy and programs at the national, regional and international level.
Graduates of the programme are able to obtain work in various organisations dealing with children’s rights issues, such international and national monitoring and advisory bodies, national, regional and international organisations, governmental bodies, national human rights institutions, or civil society organisations.
Substantively, the graduates will be prepared to work in various domains affecting children, including, but not limited to, child protection, education, health care for children, child labour, children in armed conflict, children living on the street, migrant children, or children in the justice system.
Human rights and development, with specialization in children
In a broader sense this programme complements careers in any human rights field, and suits those who, upon completion, would like to branch out to engage with other human rights concerns (such as gender equality, refugees and asylum seekers, domestic labour, or persons with disabilities). In addition, given the evident link between children’s rights and the (post 2015) world development agenda, this programme places graduates in an ideal position to work for development bodies and institutes.
Academic Research / PhD
The programme also fits newly graduated, talented students who wish to pursue advanced studies at a postgraduate level or engage in a PhD in the field of children’s rights.
Leiden Law School, and in particular the child law department, enjoys a strong international reputation for its academic research programme and centers. Excellent graduates of the Advanced studies in International Children Rights are encouraged to apply for postdoctoral research positions, and contribute to the legal scholarship in the field of children’s rights.
Accommodations for working students
The programme is also offered part-time (two academic years), with daytime classes. and can accommodate working students who are already pursuing a career. For non-European students the part-time option is not possible because of visa requirements.
Our teaching staff has an extensive international professional and academic network and can help you in your career orientation. In fact, many of the people you will engage with at Leiden Law School, be it professors, professionals or fellow students, will become valuable members of your own personal international network.
After graduation, non-European students have the opportunity to stay for an extra year while looking for work. They can apply for a residence permit the ‘Orientation Year for Graduates Seeking Employment (Zoekjaar afgestudeerde)’ scheme.
Leiden Law School offers career activities to all its Advanced Studies students in the form of international CV writing workshops and seminars on establishing global careers. This is supported by the student career service of Leiden University, which offers a wide range of services including communication training, CV checks and workshops on job application techniques.
From one of our alumni
Please see alumna Juliette Duchesne's article on the Master of Laws" Advanced Studies in International Children's Rights (LL.M) programme, which was isssued in International Social Service (ISS), International Reference Center for the rights of Children deprived of their Family, Monthly Review, no 208 of January 2017