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

About the programme

The International Civil and Commercial Law programme works to shed light on transnational, international and comparative aspects of law by placing equal focus on advanced theory and practical application.

Programme overview

In this programme, you will study transnational sources of hard law (treaties, regulations and directives) and soft law (model laws, legislative guides, principles), as well as relevant case law. You will also investigate the comparative side of international civil and commercial law, in particular looking at the differences between civil law and commercial law and between certain national legal systems.

More information about the programme structure

Student support services

The programme coordinator will be your first point of contact before, during and after the programme. The coordinator can help you with all kinds of practical questions related to your programme and can refer you to someone else if necessary. 

You will also receive several study/career workshops as an important part of your study programme. We also offer alumni advice and guidance via an alumni career café and the opportunity to access the Career Advisor of the Law School.

Educational methods

Teaching takes place in small, seminar style classes, which require your active participation. You will be taught by expert faculty from the Leiden Institute for Private Law, visiting international professors and distinguished legal practitioners specialised in specific aspects of international civil and commercial law.

While maintaining the highest academic standards, this programme will help you further develop your professional skills through giving presentations and participating in a moot court (during the Tort Law course).

You will complete the programme by writing a thesis.

Gentrita Bajrami


Gentrita Bajrami

"My time at Leiden University will forever remain etched in my memory as one of the most gratifying and enriching periods of my life!"

"The comparative and contextual approach employed by the ICCL Programme has furnished me with a set of skills and knowledge that I am certain I will make good use of in my day to day work. This master programme has drilled in me a quest for excellence, as nothing short of excellence is expected when you are part of an intellectual environment with classmates and professors of a top-notch quality."

Lidong Pan


Lidong Pan

"The ICCL Programme at Leiden University offers outstanding education provided by distinguished professors and administrators. Through the career orientated training, I gained not only a wealth of knowledge, but also the ICCL-branded way of critical thinking. After putting these into practice as an intern at De Brauw, I found that ICCL really helped everyone on this programme towards a promising career."

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