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International Criminal Law (Advanced LL.M.)

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Hitomi Takemura (Japan)


Hitomi Takemura (Japan)

“I am grateful for my time in the Public International Law programme because it served as the foundation that sparked my interest in International Criminal Law. Due to our focus on this unique specialisation, I now know that I hope to pursue International Criminal Law professionally.”

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What does this master's programme entail?

In the International Criminal Law specialisation, you will gain foundational knowledge on international criminal law and international criminal procedure. You will study the systemic environment of international criminal law and its link to related fields, such as

  • international human rights law
  • international humanitarian law and
  • general public international law.

Outside of your coursework, additional time will be allotted for you to pursue personal interests within related fields.

Reasons to choose International Criminal Law at Leiden University?

As a student of the Advanced Studies programme in International Criminal Law, you will benefit from:

  • Located in the Hague: The Hague is a hub of international legal institutions. That makes it the perfect place for internship and job opportunities with international organisations, international courts and tribunals, defence teams and NGOs, or in academic institutes.
  • Multidimensional scope: As the International Criminal Law programme is a specialisation within the larger Public International Law programme, you will obtain the unique perspective of a specialised focus while still gaining a thorough understanding of Public International Law as a whole.
  • Expert instructors: You will be taught by practitioners and experts from international judicial institutions as well as distinguished academics from the Leiden Law School.

Find more reasons to study International Criminal Law at Leiden University.

Is International Criminal Law the right programme for you?

The International Criminal Law programme is a good fit for you if you have a sincere interest in the field and:

  • you are a qualified lawyer who would like to enhance your career prospects
  • you are an excellent student who has completed your legal studies in your home country with sufficient knowledge of Public International Law
  • you have professional experience in the field

Read more about the entry requirements for International Criminal Law.

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