• Participating in the Jessup Moot Court was the most exciting part of my Master's year!

    Haotian Tan

    When I first heard about the ancient Dutch city of Utrecht at a lecture in Beijing in winter 2016, I didn’t imagine that, two years later, I would be spending my Master’s year at Utrecht University. The famous 1713 Peace and Friendship Treaty between Spain/France and Great Britain signed at Utrecht played a significant role in the development of modern international law. It was my great pleasure to study and meet excellent lecturers and friends in this fascinating city, which has so much to offer from both an academic and a historical perspective. 

    The PIL LL.M. programme offered by Utrecht Law School combines academic study with professional practices, and is an excellent platform from which to begin the journey of an international lawyer. It allows students to combine their key interests with concrete, real-world issues. The two tracks of the programme – Human Rights track and Ocean, Environment & Sustainability track – take full advantage of the Law School’s academic resources, providing a unique study experience to students with an interest in these specific fields. Most LL.M. courses take the form of lectures and seminars, through which students are encouraged to share their opinions and ideas.

    Away from my studies, engaging in after-class academic and professional events, such as seminars on professional training and PIL luncheons, also inspired me to keep my mind open to as many different directions as possible. For example, many of the Public International Law students take part in Moot Courts, including Jessup, Telders and the new NILOS Moot Court Competition. In fact, my proudest achievement during my time at Utrecht was representing Utrecht Law School in the Jessup Moot Court Competition – what an amazing experience that was!

    Haotian Tan (China)
    LLM Public International Law

  • The master’s programme provokes and stimulates your thirst for learning international law

    From the first year of law school, I have been interested in international law. Choosing to study at the Utrecht University was the most rational choice. Utrecht University offers a generous scholarship, has a good master’s programme in Public International Law and is close to the Hague, the dream city for any international lawyer.

    Having completed the LLM programme now, I can say that Utrecht did not disappoint me. I chose the Human Rights Track with modules on International Humanitarian Law and International and European Security Law. I loved the International Humanitarian Law classes in particular wherein lectures were delivered by professionals practicing in the field.

    I wrote my thesis on establishing the criminal liability of corporations before international criminal tribunals. I could not have researched on such a challenging topic without the guidance of my supervisors and the benefit of a well-equipped library. Overall the master’s programme provokes and stimulates your thirst for learning international law.

    Furthermore, I participated in the Clinical programme with the Public International Law and Policy Group (PILPG), a global pro bono law firm involved in things like war crimes prosecution and peace negotiations. Working with PILPG exposed me to the practical aspects of being an international lawyer, with my work involving researching various international law topics and working with clients.

    My experience at the Utrecht University has prepared me to take on the challenge of establishing a career in international law. The LLM programme has given me the confidence that this dream can become reality!

    Andrea Marilyn Pragashini Immanuel (India) 
    LLM Public International Law

  • The teaching staff is very accessible and point out possible internships, lectures and study trips

    Tom Diederen

    For those that are interested in this field of law, I strongly recommend the programme in Public International Law at Utrecht University. The lectures provide a strong basis of the theory of international law, but attention is also given to the actual practice of international law. The teaching staff is very accessible and point out possible internships, lectures, and study trips. Class sizes allow for lively discussion and active participation. All in all, the programme left me well prepared for my first internship and, thereafter, my first job.

    Tom Diederen (The Netherlands)
    LLM Public International Law
    Legal Officer, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands