Judged as top rated programme in the Netherlands

The highly regarded Keuzegids Master’s Selection Guide 2019 ranked Utrecht University’s Public International Law as a top rated Master's programme in the Netherlands. With a score of 75 out of a 100, Public International Law has been assessed as one of the best in its category.

Our Master’s programme in Public International Law (PIL) at Utrecht University will equip you with a broad range of legal tools to address current legal concerns facing the world. PIL is a flexible programme that offers you many options, both during your study period and in your career possibilities post-graduation. 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.

Three specialisation tracks
​In today’s globalised world, public international law addresses complex, challenging issues that touch everyone’s lives. In the PIL programme, you will explore common themes of public international law with the option to take a specialisation in three tracks:

The Conflict and Security track will equip you with profound knowledge and understanding of how international law regulates and is affected by evolving conflict and security challenges. The Human Rights track allows you to acquire both the broad overview and skills of a generalist and the in-depth knowledge of a specialist. The Oceans, the Environment and Sustainability track will teach you significant knowledge of and insight in international environmental law and the law of the sea.

In our Conflict and Security track you explore in depth the old and new threats surrounding us, including wars, terrorism, pandemics and killer robots, and how they shape the world order we live in.

Multidimensional Teaching and Research

You will build relevant and current skills by studying actual cases facing the International Court of Justice and other international dispute settlement institutions. You will develop your argumentation abilities in moot courts, among other training methods, and learn to apply your knowledge of the law to real-life situations. This academic and challenging English-taught LLM programme reflects the Law School’s multi-dimensional approach to legal teaching: developments in public international law are best seen from a broad perspective.

Active, self-designed learning

Our Master’s programme in Public International Law offers you active learning methods in which your own interests, ambitions and aims will guide your learning experiences. Your lecturers take a supportive role in this self-created, individualised approach to your studies. In the Capita Selecta modules and in your own specialisation, you will be trained in the essential skill of how to quickly deepen your knowledge of a current, specialised legal topic. From the very beginning, you will also take part in research and thesis training that prepares you to write your Master’s thesis, the culmination of your LLM programme. If you have the drive to go the extra mile in your studies, we offer the LLM's Honours Programme which is an additional honours programme for the best and most highly motivated students.

Specific knowledge, broad perspectives

The Master in Public International Law provides you with thorough and highly individualised training that will prepare you for a legal career in an international environment. You will particularly develop your academic and practical abilities through taking part in moot courts, visiting international courts and other institutions and undertaking research focused on your thesis. You will also learn to reflect critically on current legal dilemmas, pertaining to human rights, environment and security, presented by our globalised and interdependent world. Whether you aim to build a career as a diplomat, attorney or policy officer in national government, researcher, legal advisor in an NGO or governmental organisation, or attorney in the legal department of a multinational corporation business, you will learn to work effectively and ethically in the complex world of public international law. When you graduate from this programme, you will receive an LLM diploma.

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For the sixth time in a row one of our graduates won the François Prize for the best master's thesis of public international law. Read all about this prize at:
https://www.knvir.org/francois-prize/francois-prize-winners

Summary

Degree: This Master's programme is officially registered under its name in the Central Register of Higher Education Study Programmes
  • Title: LLM
  • Master's degree in: Public International Law
  • Programme: Public International Law
Croho code:
60856
Language of instruction:
English
Part- or full-time status:
Full-time
Duration:
1 year
Credits: 60 credits equals one year full-time study load (European Credit Transfer System, ECTS)
60
Start of studies:
September
Application deadline:
  • Dutch & EU/EER students: 1 June
  • Non-EU/EEA students: 1 April
Tuition fees:
Faculty:
Law, Economics and Governance 
Graduate school:
Law, Economics and Governance