LLM in Public International Law


Program Description

“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.

The program is designed to provide an optimal mix to ensure the realization of our goals in the field of knowledge dissemination and the training of academic, legal and practical skills. Within these parameters, the program offers some flexibility in the range of courses that can be chosen. The master's thesis allows you to spend considerable time to study a topic of your choice under the supervision of an experienced staff member.

Why study this program in Groningen?

The basic approach of the program is that students learn most from being actively engaged in working on international law topics. Lectures are a useful form of teaching, but much of the work will be done through the practical investigation of relevant issues in international law and critical interaction between lecturers and students and among students. The program is suitable for recent law graduates as well as for young professionals working in private practice or in the public sector.


Year 1


  • International Human Rights Law (6 EC)
  • International Institutional Law (6 EC)
  • Advanced International Law (6 EC)
  • Settlement of International Disputes (6 EC)
  • UN Peacekeeping and Peace Enforcement (6 EC)
  • International Humanitarian Law (6 EC, optional)
  • International Law in Practice (6 EC)
  • Refugee and Asylum Law (6 EC, optional)
  • Master's thesis (18 EC)
  • International Trade and Development Law (6 EC, optional)
  • Investment and International Law (6 EC, optional)

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional

Entry requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirements More information
grade average On top of providing the Admissions Board with transcripts and diplomas, students should have an equivalent minimum GPA (Grade Point Average) of 7/10 (Dutch grading scale).
knowledge minimum Basic knowledge of public international law, on a similar level as the course Public International Law and elementary knowledge of European Law
language test

Native speakers of English may request an exemption from providing proof of proficiency. Otherwise, you will need to provide proof of English language proficiency:

  • TOEFL: 100 (all sections need to be at least 21; the writing section needs to be at least 23)
  • IELTS: 7 (all sections need to be at least 6.0; the writing section needs to be at least 6.5)
  • Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE, Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English);
  • Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE, Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English)
  • Applicants who are taking/have completed an English-taught bachelor program at a Dutch research university may be exempt from taking 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 academic referee who has detailed knowledge of their academic records.
written request Applicants must send a motivation letter (max. 650 words). The letter should be written by the applicants themselves; it is not allowed to submit an (official) translation.
other admission requirements Curriculum vitae

Application deadlines

Type of student Deadline Start course
Dutch students 01 May 2021 01 September 2021
EU/EEA students 01 May 2021 01 September 2021
non-EU/EEA students 01 May 2021 01 September 2021

Tuition fees

Nationality Year Fee Program form
EU/EEA 2020-2021 € 2143 full-time
non-EU/EEA 2020-2021 € 15000 full-time

Job prospects

There are opportunities in legal departments of international organizations or foreign ministries, but also in many national governmental institutions and ministries, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, internationally operating enterprises and academic institutions, be it in the field of trade & investment, environment, energy, or human rights. In larger law firms and legal companies, expertise in public international law is relevant for international cases and arbitrations.


The faculty's research is carried out under the umbrella of the Groningen Centre for Law and Governance, in which all departments of the faculty are participating. Wherever possible teachers will use and involve this research in the courses that are being taught.

Last updated Sep 2020

About the School

The University of Groningen has a rich academic tradition dating back to 1614. From this tradition arose the first female student and the first female lecturer in the Netherlands, the first Dutch astr ... Read More

The University of Groningen has a rich academic tradition dating back to 1614. From this tradition arose the first female student and the first female lecturer in the Netherlands, the first Dutch astronaut and the first president of the European Central Bank. Geographically, the University is rooted in the Northern part of the Netherlands, a region very close to its heart. Read less
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