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‘Excellent’ reaccreditation of LLM Advanced Studies programmes

The NVAO panel, which consisted of one Dutch and four international eminent professors, expressed their great satisfaction with the quality of both the teaching and support offered to students on all programmes.

At the beginning of April 2018, Leiden Law School welcomed a panel of distinguished visitors from the NVAO (Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation). The purpose of the visit was to reaccredit seven of our LLM Advanced Studies programmes, namely Air and Space Law, European and International Business Law, Public International Law, European and International Human Rights Law, International Civil and Commercial Law, Law and Digital Technologies and International Children's Law. In addition, the MSc in International Relations and Diplomacy, offered by the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs, was also evaluated during the same visit.

The NVAO panel, which consisted of one Dutch and four international eminent professors, expressed their great satisfaction with the quality of both the teaching and support offered to students on all programmes. They also complimented the faculties on the management structure and quality assurance systems that have been put in place. After finalising all official procedures, the NVAO formally announced in January 2019 that all programmes have been reaccredited for the coming six years, with the classification ‘excellent’. In other words, the highest classification that can be awarded. This echoes the results of the last reaccreditation visit in 2011, after which all evaluated Advanced LLM programmes were also classified as 'excellent'. It goes without saying that Leiden Law School is extremely proud of this achievement and the dedication and hard work of its teaching and support staff, without whom these outstanding results would not have been possible.

Quote from NVAO panel:

'The programmes have, in the opinion of the panel, a distinctive profile. The high academic standard (academic orientation) and the specific professional orientation define this profile. The panel applauds that this is made explicit in the intended learning outcomes as well as in the programme (courses). The panel concludes that the intended learning outcomes are appropriate for advanced academic master programmes, systematically surpass by a considerable margin the generic quality standard can be regarded as an international example. The level expected of students is high and is not only reflected in the intended learning outcomes but also in the entry requirements of the programmes and the profile of the programmes; to prepare students for a professional career as well as a career in research (PhD). The intended learning outcomes reflect the very high academic standard (i.e. academic orientation) and the explicit professional orientation of the programmes as well as the international focus of the programmes.'

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