Our master’s programme in Public International Law (PIL) at Utrecht University will equip you with a broad range of tools to address current legal concerns facing the global population. Our PIL programme has been chosen as the Best Master Programme in the Netherlands in the field of International Law by the highly regarded Dutch Elsevier Guide on the Best Degrees for two years in a row (2013 and 2014). PIL is a flexible programme that offers you many options, both during your study period and in your career possibilities post-graduation.
In today’s globalised world, public international law addresses complex, challenging issues that touch everyone’s lives. In our PIL programme, you will explore common themes of public international law with the option to take a specialisation in Human Rights or Environment and Law of the Sea. You will build relevant and current skills by studying actual cases facing the International Court of Justice and other international dispute-settlement institutions. You’ll develop your argumentation abilities in moot courts, amongst other training methods and learn to apply your knowledge of the law to real-life situations.
This academic, challenging, English-taught LLM programme reflects the multidisciplinary research emerging from Utrecht University’s Faculty of Law, Economics, and Governance. The approach of the faculty’s research, and the PIL programme, is multi-dimensional: developments in public international law are best seen from a broad perspective. You will develop general precepts pertaining to worldwide concerns and learn to apply these precepts to specific cases.
As an added benefit, the international mix of students in this programme means that you - by working together – will actually offer each other personal ‘comparative’ insights on international law.