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International Criminal Law (Advanced LL.M.)

About the programme

In this programme, you will gain a deep understanding of the systemic environment surrounding international criminal law and its links to related fields.

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

Classes take place in the form of seminars, normally held in two to three-hour sessions, two to three times a week per course. You will also be actively encouraged to take part in academic activities outside the curriculum, such as participation in conferences and workshops, field trips and internships. The programme will be completed by writing a thesis.

Magdalena Legris (Argentina)


Magdalena Legris (Argentina)

"The Advanced LLM in Public International Law is one of a kind! With a curricula focusing exclusively in Public International Law, this programme provides the perfect background for anyone wanting to pursue a career in the field. Moreover, its top level professors deliver the highest quality lectures, while the small size of the cohorts allow for rich discussions and personalized feedback to each of the students."

Programme overview

You will be specifically trained in criminal procedure as well as advocacy and cross-examination. Classes involve real life assignments from practice. You will write, argue and defend motions, individually or in a team, before practicing lawyers or litigation specialists. Special attention will be devoted to the law of international criminal courts and tribunals (e.g. International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, International Criminal Court) and the link to legal practice.

For a detailed specialisation programme, see the e-Prospectus. Please note that this guide applies to the current academic year, which means that the curriculum for next year may slightly differ.

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