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Advanced Master International Civil and Commercial Law - Leiden University

International Civil and Commercial Law (Advanced LL.M.)

What effects has globalisation had on international trade? What are the essential elements of international business contracts? When there is a dispute concerning a cross-border business transaction, which country's or region's laws apply and which court has jurisdiction? Learn how to deal with questions like these from both an international and comparative perspective.

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Hadimba Regina Hosana


Hadimba Regina Hosana

“From the first time I read about the ICCL Programme at Leiden University, I was instantly interested. The excellence of the programme is demonstrated in the way that experts from each field teach the seminar courses and relate theories to real-world applications in their professional lives.”

Samuel Delcominette


Samuel Delcominette

“Taking part in the ICCL Programme at Leiden Law School not only led me to a great job as a lawyer but also helped me to develop as a person. More specifically, this programme offers the opportunity to meet incredible people and to live in the beautiful city of Leiden. There is a perfect balance between the academic and business-oriented aspects of the programme. Not a week has passed without me referring to our lectures or consulting one of our reading materials since I started practising law in Brussels.”

Andri Andrason


Andri Andrason

“Although demanding, participating in the ICCL programme at Leiden Law School was a valuable and informative experience. Apart from the interesting and relevant international courses the programme offers, it was particularly important to have the opportunity to be guided by the programmes professors and other lecturers who are reputable at both academic and professional level. Only shortly after graduation I am already taking great advantage in my professional life of the experience and knowledge I gained at the programme.”

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What does this master's programme entail?

Globalisation and increasing international trade have led to the rapid internationalisation of civil and commercial law, thus forming a complex and multi-layered discipline. Leiden University’s International Civil and Commercial Law programme deals with different levels of international, EU and national laws as they coexist and interact with one another. This programme will equip you with the skills necessary to fully understand and apply such intertwined layers to domain-specific legal issues.

Reasons to choose International Civil and Commercial Law at Leiden University?

As a student of the advanced master’s International Civil and Commercial Law, you will benefit from:

  • Comprehensive approach: This programme is truly all-inclusive in its quest to shed light on transnational, international and comparative aspects of law.
  • Unique case studies: Many lecturers in the ICCL programme work in civil and commercial law practice and use their real-life cases to enhance your learning experience.
  • Excellent reputation: Leiden Law School has developed its reputation for excellence by combining a high level of academic teaching with acclaimed and innovative research. Its tradition of quality attracts prestigious professors and professionals from around the world who teach you in a challenging and supportive atmosphere.

Find more reasons to study International Civil and Commercial Law at Leiden University.

Is International Civil and Commercial Law the right programme for you?

Are you interested in gaining an in-depth understanding of the intertwined layers of international, EU, UN and national laws which make up the complex area of international civil and commercial law? Then this could be the programme for you.

This programme is a good fit if you are a law graduate wishing to pursue a challenging master’s study or a legal practitioner wishing to specialise in various private and commercial law aspects of cross-border trading, contracting and competing.

You can either complete this programme in one year as a full-time student or in two years as a part-time student.

Read more about the entry requirements for International Civil and Commercial Law.

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