Study Programme

Welcome to our programme. I very much look forward to getting to know you all and exchanging thoughts on the future directions of international law.
Assistant Professor of Public International Law and coordinator of this Master’s Programme.

This one-year Master’s programme starts in September. The academic year consists of:

  • A compulsory part worth 30 EC that comprises three compulsory major courses (15 EC) and Capita Selecta (15 EC)
  • A specialisation or Master’s – minor (15 EC)
  • A Research and Thesis Trajectory (worth 15 EC)

You can check out the study programme PIL for 2020-2021

Compulsory courses (15 EC):
In this Master’s programme, you will take two compulsory major courses:

  • General Course in Public International Law
  • International Law Moot Court

Capita Selecta (15 EC):
The Capita Selecta comprises six short modules (each 2,5 EC) in Public International Law designed to help you master a specific topical issue quickly, a vital characteristic of a good attorney!

By way of example, these may include:

  • International Humanitarian Law
  • International Security Law
  • International Criminal Law
  • Cultural Defence in International Criminal Law
  • International Law and Climate Change
  • International Water Law
  • The Impact of the International Law of the Sea on State Behaviour
  • Human Rights and International Refugee Law
  • Equality and Non-Discrimination in International Human Rights Law
  • EU External Affairs and International Trade

One module (2,5 EC) of the Capita Selecta is part of the Research and Thesis Trajectory. The Capita Selecta modules we offer vary from year to year.

Research and Thesis Trajectory (15 EC):
Research and Thesis Trajectory runs throughout the Master’s programme, meaning that it starts in September and ends in July. It is taught alongside existing courses, making use of different interactive teaching methods such as individual writing assignments, seminars, group work (including peer feedback) and individual supervision.

Elective courses (15 EC)
You can either select one of our two specialisations:

  • International Environmental Law/International Law of the Sea
  • Human Rights I/Human Rights II

Or you can choose a Master’s–minor, which consists of the two major courses from one of the following Master’s programmes:

  • Constitutional and Administrative Law (Dutch programme)
  • Corporate Law (Dutch programme)
  • Criminal Law (Dutch programme)
  • European Law 
  • Private Law (Dutch programme)

Academic Calendar
Have a look at our Academic Calendar, where you can find more information about the Master's schedule per period, course registration periods and holidays. 

I learned a lot in a relatively short amount of time
Jonathan Herbach

Educational methods

  • Lectures (25-80 students); at least two hours a week.
  • Tutorials (max. 25 students); in these lessons, you will address  all matters with your teacher.
  • Small-scale Capita Selecta sessions.
  • Group sessions as part of your Research and Thesis Training (max. 15 students).
  • Various assessment methods, including essays, presentations, exams, moot court and simulation.


The programme encourages and facilitates internships. Doing an internship may entitle you to an extended enrolment in the LLM.