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Public International Law - Leiden University

Public International Law (LL.M.)

Programme structure

The curriculum in the first semester provides an overall introduction to public international law and international criminal law. The second semester is more track-specific and focused on interaction.

Description of programme

The Regular LL.M. (Public International Law specialization) covers a wide range of aspects of public international law, including international criminal law, international human rights law, the law on peace and security, international institutional law, international dispute settlement including arbitration, international investment law, international economic law and the law on sustainable development.

Moot Court Competitions

Leiden Students can apply to participate in the annual Professor B.M. Telders International Law Moot Court competition which is organised by the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies. Leiden students can also participate in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, International Criminal Court Trial Competition, Kalshoven International Humanitarian Law Competition and the International Humanitarian Law Clinic.

Specific subjects

In the course 'Contemporary Issues - Privatissimum' students will investigate and discuss contemporary developments in international law. The objective of the course is to engage students in a critical reflection at a theoretical level. The whole course relies on students’ own research. The research must be carried out within the theoretical framework that is provided. Students must go beyond the provided background materials to succeed in this class. Students must prepare materials for each class.

International organisations play an important role in today’s international society. This course offers a comparative study of the institutional law of international organizations. Although each organization has its own legal order, institutional problems and rules of different organizations are often more or less the same, and an impressive body of institutional rules has been developed. International organisations have much in common, such as rules on membership, institutional structure, decision-making and decisions, financing and legal personality. The course discusses the law and practice of a number of international organizations, such as the United Nations and the European Union.  While covering a diverse array of organizations, it will demonstrate that there is both unity and diversity: not only does each organization have its own specific rules and practice, but there are also common rules, principles and practices.

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