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Global and Transnational Law Summerschool

Duke-Leiden Institute in Global and Transnational Law

The Duke-Leiden Institute in Global and Transnational Law is a one-month residential programme providing a strong foundation for those interested in international and comparative law as well as for those planning to study law in the United States. The programme will focus on subjects such as trade governance, human rights, comparative criminal law and American law.

Course information

The Duke-Leiden Institute in Global and Transnational Law will take place from 14 June to 15 July 2020 at Leiden University in The Hague, known as the International City of Peace and Justice. 

The programme is divided into 2 two-week terms. All courses are taught in English and all (except for Introduction to American Law) are taught by faculty members from different legal cultures, exposing participants not only to comparative law studies but also to different teaching methods. 

Target audience
The Institute is aimed at students who have completed at least three years of law study, students preparing to study for an LLM degree in the United States, and other advanced law students from all countries. The Institute also welcomes judges, academics, practitioners, and other professionals seeking knowledge of American, international, and comparative law to apply for the programme.

Class size & Study load
A maximum of 50 participants will be admitted to this Institute. Classes are limited in size (up to 25 students) in order to facilitate interaction between faculty members and students.
Students may enroll in as many as 3 courses and must enroll in the same courses for both terms of the programme. Netherlands lawyers may, however, attend a single course for one or both terms.
​Classes take place on weekdays in the mornings and afternoons, and no courses will be offered simultaneously.

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Why this Institute?

The Duke-Leiden Institute offers the opportunity to learn from influential academics from both Leiden Law School and Duke Law School. In addition to the in-depth courses, special lectures and visits to international institutions (upon confirmation), such as the ICJ, the ICC and the PCA, will be organized. Extra-curricular activities will also be offered so that students can visit cultural attractions and towns in The Netherlands.  The course also offers plenty of opportunities to network with and learn from fellow students, practitioners and faculty members with varied legal backgrounds and cultures. And last but not least, The Hague is a wonderful place to stay!

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