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The award
LLM

How long you will study
12 months

Domestic course fees
EUR 2060

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
EUR 14350

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About Public International Law at University of Groningen

'Imagine all the people, Sharing all the world... You may say I'm a dreamer, But I'm not the only one...' (John Lennon) International law is not a dream nor for dreamers.

Making law work in our global society is a toughtask that needs well-trained and highly dedicated lawyers ... isthat you?

Imagine a peaceful, prosperous and environmentallysustainable world society respecting human dignity and socialjustice. Would this be possible without internationallaw? Do not dream, make it work! Allowyourself to become a good international lawyer by getting to knowthe achievements and shortcomings or international lawtoday. Develop ideas about how to improveinternational law and acquire the skills to advise your government,an international organization, a company, individuals, orgroups.

The programme is designed to provide an optimal mix toensure the realization of our goals in the field of knowledgedissemination and the training of academic, legal and practicalskills. Within these parameters the programme offers someflexibility in the range of courses that can be chosen. Studentscan opt for a peace & security, an economic/environmental or adispute settlement profile. The master's thesis allows you to spendconsiderable time to study a topic of your choice under thesupervision of an experienced staff member.

More detailed information on theprogramme can be found here.

Applications should be made through the''Admission and application'' tab on thispage.

The LLM in Public International Law isregistered under the label CROHO LLM International Law and the Lawof International Organizations (60605). This is a TopRated Programme in the Netherlands.

'Imagine all the people, Sharing all the world... You may say I'm a dreamer, But I'm not the only one...' (John Lennon). International law is not a dream nor for dreamers.

Making law work in our global society is a toughtask that needs well-trained and highly dedicated lawyers ... isthat you?

Imagine a peaceful, prosperous and environmentallysustainable world society respecting human dignity and socialjustice. Would this be possible without internationallaw? Do not dream, make it work! Allowyourself to become a good international lawyer by gettingto know the achievements and shortcomings or internationallaw today. Develop ideas about how to improveinternational law and acquire skills to advise yourgovernment, an international organization, a company, individuals,or groups.

The programme is designed to provide an optimal mix toensure the realization of our goals in the field of knowledgedissemination and the training of academic, legal and practicalskills. Within these parameters the programme offers someflexibility in the range of courses that can be chosen. Studentscan opt for a peace & security, an economic/environmental or adispute settlement profile. The master's thesis allows you to spendconsiderable time to study a topic of your choice under thesupervision of an experienced staff member.

More detailed information on the programme can befound here.

Applications should be made through the''Admission and application'' tab on thispage.

The LLM Public International Law isregistered under the LLM CROHO label International Law and the Lawof International Organizations (60605). This is a TopRated Programme in the Netherlands.

After your studies

Job prospects

There are opportunities in legal departments of internationalorganizations or foreign ministries, but also in many nationalgovernmental institutions and ministries, intergovernmental andnon-governmental organizations, internationally operatingenterprises and academic institutions, be it in the field of trade& investment, environment, energy, or human rights. In largerlaw firms and legal companies expertise in public international lawis relevant for international cases and arbitrations.

There are opportunities in legal departments of internationalorganizations or foreign ministries, but also in many nationalgovernmental institutions and ministries, intergovernmental andnon-governmental organizations, internationally operatingenterprises and academic institutions, be it in the field of trade& investment, environment, energy, or human rights. In largerlaw firms and legal companies expertise in public international lawis relevant for international cases and arbitrations.

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Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardLLMHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study12 months
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2060International course feesEUR 14350

Notes about fees for this course

http://www.rug.nl/rechten/education/international-programmes/llm/practical-information/tuition-fee

Entry requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
grade average

On top of providing the Admissions Board with transcripts anddiplomas, students should have an equivalent minimum GPA (GradePoint Average) of 7/10 (Dutch grading scale).

knowledge minimum

basic knowledge of public international law, on a similar levelas the course Public International Law and elementary knowledge ofEuropean Law

language test

If you are not a native speaker of English, you will need toprovide proof of English language proficiency:

  • TOEFL: 92 (all sections need to be at least 21; the writingsection needs to be at least 23)
  • IELTS: 6.5 (all sections need to be at least 6.0; the writingsection needs to be at least 6.5)
  • CAE or CPE
  • Applicants who are taking/have completed an English-taughtbachelor programme at a Dutch research university are exempt fromtaking an English proficiency test.
  • For more details about language requirements please check: http://www.rug.nl/(...)mission-requirements

The test scores cannot be older than two years.

previous education

LLB or equivalent

reference letter

Candidates must provide one letter of reference from an academicreferee who has detailed knowledge of their academic records. Thereference can be emailed to the Admission Office from yourreferee's institutional e-mail address or uploaded in the OnlineApplication System. The uploaded letter should be on a letterheadand signed by the referee and must contain contact details of yourreferee, including his or her institutional e-mail address. Moreinformation can be found at : http://www.rug.nl/(...)mission-requirements

written request

Applicants must send a motivation letter (max. 650 words). Theletter should be written by the applicants themselves; it is notallowed to submit an (official) translation.

other admission requirements

Curriculum vitae As this programme is a full selection master,all students should meet the admission requirements. For a fulllist of the requirements, please check: http://www.rug.nl/(...)mission-requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
grade average

On top of providing the Admissions Board with transcripts anddiplomas, students should have an equivalent minimum GPA (GradePoint Average) of 7/10 (Dutch grading scale).

knowledge minimum

basic knowledge of public international law, on a similar levelas the course Public International Law and elementary knowledge ofEuropean Law

language test
  • TOEFL: 92 (all sections need to be at least 21; the writingsection needs to be at least 23)
  • IELTS: 6.5 (all sections need to be at least 6.0; the writingsection needs to be at least 6.5)
  • CAE or CPE
  • Applicants who are taking/have completed an English-taughtbachelor programme at a Dutch research university are exempt fromtaking an English proficiency test.

The test scores cannot be older than two years.

previous education

LLB or equivalent

reference letter

Candidates must provide one letter of reference from an academicreferee who has detailed knowledge of their academic records. Thereference can be emailed to the Admission Office from yourreferee's institutional e-mail address or uploaded in the OnlineApplication System. The uploaded letter should be on a letterheadand signed by the referee and must contain contact details of yourreferee, including his or her institutional e-mail address. Moreinformation can be found at : http://www.rug.nl/(...)mission-requirements

written request

Applicants must send a motivation letter (max. 650 words). Theletter should be written by the applicants themselves; it is notallowed to submit an (official) translation.

other admission requirements

Curriculum vitae As this programme is a full selection master,all students should meet the admission requirements. For a fulllist of the requirements, please check: http://www.rug.nl/(...)mission-requirements

What students think about University of Groningen

    If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    Ana Quintana, Mexico, Strategic Innovation Management

    I gained a Bachelor's degree in Management & Marketing in Mexico City before I came to the Netherlands to undertake my Master's programme. During my Bachelor's studies, I spent a semester in Canada and I wanted to expand my international (study) experiences before starting work. I was keen to focus on innovation which is not usually offered in Mexico hence the combination of Innovation and Strategy in one programme directed me to Groningen.

    My Master's thesis dealt with Innovation in family businesses and I now benefit from the intense research modules offered during the programme. Now I am working as a Promotion Manager in charge of the several customer loyalty programs offered by one of Mexico's biggest hotel chains. Although the Master's program was rather theoretical, I feel that it prepared me very well for my current job. 

    There was nothing about Groningen that I did not like: the city is just beautiful. I especially enjoyed going everywhere by bike, the variety of offers for students and, of course, the Queensday (now Kings Day) celebrations. Groningen has everything to make (foreign) students feel at home.

    Looking back a year after my return to Mexico, I feel that I especially enjoyed getting to know Dutch culture. In addition, the courses offered and the beauty of the city made my stay in Groningen an unforgettable experience. If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law

    Lejla Terzimehic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Global Criminal Law

    Thanks to the European Commission Scholarship and the Talent Grant from the University of Groningen, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law that I am most passionate about, at one of the oldest and most prestigious European universities.

    Being very intellectually challenging, the master programme truly met my expectations. Sharing knowledge with my colleagues, all coming from different legal traditions, and learning from inspiring professors enriched me with the skills I hadn't attained during my previous education.

    What I found to be the most beneficial is that the Dutch education system which, taught us to develop a critical opinion on law-related issues. Moreover, this master programme had a unique approach in tackling controversial contemporary legal issues. Due to its strong comparative emphasis, it encouraged us to keep at constant track with our national law, which is of a huge significance.

    Both the master and a 6-month long internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for The Former Yugoslavia strengthened my belief in Justice. Furthermore, besides this academic benefit, I believe that studying abroad unequivocally broadens our horizons and tests prejudices we even are not aware of.

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