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International and European Law

All states have laws and their own legal system, and in most countries you can only study national law at the university level.

Our LLB programme in International and European Law is specifically designed for students who wish to pursue a professional career in an international legal environment; it gives students an academic training in law without merely taking a national legal system as a starting point by offering students a general understanding of what 'law' is and how it functions.

Official detailed information about the programme can be found here.

Facts & Figures
Degree
LLB in International and European Law
Course type
Bachelor
Duration
36 months (180 ECTS)
Croho code
56829
Language of instruction
English
Start
September
Faculty
Law
Studie in Cijfers
Why study this programme in Groningen?

The focus on European law and public international law is far greater than the focus on national legal contexts. No national law system is being taught as a general rule.

This programme is unique in Europe with regard to the content of the programme. It also holds a compulsory semester of law courses abroad.

Programme
  • *THE STRUCTURE OF THIS PROGRAMME WILL CHANGE FOR 2019/2020 ACADEMIC YEAR**

The first year will give you a strong basis in law that is used within states. All courses approach the fields of law on a conceptual basis and no national system is being discussed as such. The only exception being the course 'Law and legal skills: the Dutch example', which explains what law is and in this course the Dutch example is used as a red thread. Students will also be taught the necessary academic legal skills

Periods
Courses1234
Law and legal skills: the Dutch example (including IT for Lawyers) (10 EC)
Legal and Academic English (5 EC)
Criminal law (10 EC)
Legal History (5 EC)
Contract and Tort Law (5 EC)
Introduction to International and European Law (10 EC)
Introduction to Public Law (10 EC)
Introduction to Technology Law (5 EC)

The second year provides students with a good overview of law between states, both on an international level as within the European Union. The research seminars will combine the legal skills of the first year with the content of the second year courses, enabling students to deliver sound legal arguments.

Periods
Courses1234
European Law (10 EC)
Property Law (5 EC)
Law, Power, and Politics (5 EC)
Public International Law (10 EC)
Europeanisation of Public Law (10 EC)
Research seminar (10 EC)
Economics of International Relations (5 EC)
Private International Business Law (5 EC)

In the first semester of the third year, students study a full semester abroad (at least 25 ECTS in law courses; 30 ECTS in total) at one of our partner universities. Students can pick courses in more specific fields of law in which they would like to specialize. In the second semester students combine all acquired skills and knowledge in producing a Bachelor's thesis (the Research Colloquium) on a topic of their choice.

Periods
Courses1234
Semester abroad (30 EC)
Business Law (5 EC)
Commercial Dispute Resolution (5 EC)
Research Colloquium (10 EC)
European Judicial Protection (5 EC)
The Contemporary Value(s) of International Law (5 EC)
Programme options
Honours College (honours program)

The Honours College offers talented and motivation students the opportunity to develop to a greater extent.

It entails participating in an extra (honours) programme of 45 ECTS next to students' regular 180 ECTS degree programme plus several other activities that will be undertaken and organized with honours students from other degree programmes.

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is required
  • For an average of 20 weeks
Entry requirements

Admissible Dutch diploma profiles

  • Cultuur & Maatschappij
  • Economie & Maatschappij
  • Natuur & Gezondheid
  • Natuur & Techniek
  • academic propedeuse
  • HBO propedeuse

    International and European Law (Haagse Hogeschool)

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore 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). For applicants with a non-EU/EEA qualification, this minimum GPA is mandatory. Grade Point Average is the average of all the marks of your pre-university education. To note, a score of 6 is a passing grade in the Netherlands.

language test

The following tests are accepted:

  • (international) internet TOEFL (to be sent in through our institutional code 7191): score of at least 100, all sections sufficient (so at least 21 on each section);
  • (academic) IELTS Academic (British Council's English Language Test): score of at least 7.0, all sections sufficient (so at least 6.0 on each section);
  • Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE, Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English);
  • Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE, Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English)

The test scores cannot be older than two years.

In certain situations, students may request exemption from taking one of the English proficiency tests mentioned above. You can check here for these specific conditions: https://bit.ly/2FwTSvt

reference letter

Applicants must provide one reference from a lecturer from his/her pre-university education who has detailed knowledge of their academic records. Instructions for reference letters can be found at: https://bit.ly/2FwTSvt

written request

Applicants must send a letter in which they motivate why they want to participate in the LLB programme (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.

For the 2019/2020 intake, there will also be a mandatory "matching" web class that applicants must complete. The matching web class will be available in Spring 2019. Completing the matching web class is required in order to register in the programme when deemed admissible. If any questions about the matching web class contact matching.llb@rug.nl

For more information about (and a full list of) the exact admission requirements, please check https://bit.ly/2FwTSvt.

Choice of degree programme check

  • Prospective students can request a meeting to discuss their choice of degree programme.
  • The degree programme will organize a choice of degree programme check. Attendance is compulsory. The advice is not binding.
    • There is an online questionnaire.

Registration procedure

As this programme holds compulsory matching for all Dutch students, all students should meet the admission requirements. For more information about (and a full list of) the exact admission requirements, please check: https://bit.ly/2FwTSvt

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore 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). For applicants with a non-EU/EEA qualification, this minimum GPA is mandatory. Grade Point Average is the average of all the marks of your pre-university education. To note, a score of 6 is a passing grade in the Netherlands.

language test

The following tests are accepted:

  • (international) internet TOEFL (to be sent in through our institutional code 7191): score of at least 100, all sections sufficient (so at least 21 on each section);
  • (academic) IELTS Academic (British Council's English Language Test): score of at least 7.0, all sections sufficient (so at least 6.0 on each section);
  • Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE, Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English);
  • Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE, Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English)

The test scores cannot be older than two years.

In certain situations, students may request exemption from taking one of the English proficiency tests mentioned above. You can check here for these specific conditions: https://bit.ly/2FwTSvt

reference letter

Applicants must provide one reference from a lecturer from his/her pre-university education who has detailed knowledge of their academic records. Instructions for reference letters can be found at: https://bit.ly/2FwTSvt

written request

Applicants must submit a motivation letter as to why they want to participate in the LLB programme (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.

For the 2019/2020 intake, there will also be a mandatory "matching" web class that applicants must complete. The matching web class will be available in Spring 2019. Completing the matching web class is required in order to register in the programme when deemed admissible. If any questions about the matching web class, please contact matching.llb@rug.nl

For more information about (and a full list of) the exact admission requirements, please check https://bit.ly/2FwTSvt.

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
C1 Advanced (formerly CAE)C1
IELTS overall band6.5
IELTS listening6
IELTS reading6
IELTS writing6
IELTS speaking6
TOEFL internet based92

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 202001 September 2020
EU/EEA students01 May 202001 September 2020
non-EU/EEA students01 May 202001 September 2020
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 8900full-time

The Dutch government intends to halve the statutory tuition fees for specific groups of first year bachelor's students starting from the 2018/19 academic year.

https://www.rug.nl/education/tuition-fees-halved

Practical information for:

After your studies

Job prospects

Graduates of the bachelor programme in International and European Law will – after having completed an additional master programme - be qualified for careers in diplomacy, as civil servants for national ministries, the EU, the UN or other international organizations, in non-governmental organizations (such as Amnesty International or Greenpeace), in the international commercial sector (such as Unilever or Shell), or in academic teaching and research.

Entry into traditional legal professions (advocate, attorney, barrister, judge, etc.) is not guaranteed upon completion of the programme as such entry is depends on national requirements and/or exams. The programme does not qualify for these traditional legal professions in the Netherlands; additional courses will be needed should one wish to qualify. These additional courses would require knowledge of the Dutch language and would lead to about 18 months extra in courses. For all other countries, students should check the websites of the bar associations or judiciary of the country in question for specific details.

Job examples

  • A career in as civil servants for national ministries
  • A career in the international commercial sector
  • A career in international politics
  • A career in diplomacy
  • A career in academic teaching and research
  • a career in international or non-governmental organizations
Research

Research international and European law

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 at the Bachelor's level.

Portrayed researchers:

Prof. dr M.M.T.A. Brus
M. Duchateau , LLM
Prof. dr H.B.B. Vedder

Testimonial mr. dr. B.C.A. Toebes (teacher and postdoc):

My research concentrates on the interfaces between the protection of health and international (human rights) law . It involves topics like access to healthcare, medical ethics during armed conflicts, as well as abortion and euthanasia. I use my research findings in several courses that we teach at the department of international law. Using health as an overall theme enables me to discuss the functioning and applicability of international law in practice. For example, in a course entitled ‘International Law and Organisation’ I teach a seminar on the role that international organisations play in the protection of health, thus using 'health' as a theme to explain the functioning of international organisations in our global society. Using a health-related theme also enables me to trigger the students to look beyond the law and to engage with interdisciplinary research. In the Honours Programme, I teach a seminar on healthcare privatisation and human rights, thereby building a bridge between health economics, social medicine, and human rights law.

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						Testimonial of Christian Garrard, UK, LLB student International and European Law

    Coming to the Netherlands over three years ago was without doubt the best decision I have ever made.

    – Christian Garrard, UK, LLB student International and European Law
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    I never intended on studying 'English' law and just becoming a lawyer in the UK but rather to specialise in international and/or European law straight away. This was not possible in the UK (at the time) with all European or international law being offered at masters level only. I came across the LLB programme for international and European law in Groningen and immediately realised it was exactly what I wanted to do.

    Not only do you have the opportunity to study international and European law under the guidance of well respected professors in the field, in a country renowned for international law but you study with people from all over the world as well. Add on to this that Groningen is all you can ask for in a student city with plenty of opportunities, a vibrant nightlife and a great atmosphere, then you have the perfect combination. Coming to the Netherlands over three years ago was without doubt the best decision I have ever made. The law faculty offers a tremendous amount of support for new students and this continues over the course of the degree. The areas covered in the LLB programme vary greatly and gave me a good opportunity to decide what area of law I would want to specialise in on completion of my bachelor degree. Despite not focusing on any national law the legal understanding developed as part of the programme, especially in public international and EU law will be indispensable in any legal career. Asides from the high standard of education, what makes the experience of the LLB in Groningen so rewarding is the people I have shared that experience with, like minded students from so many different backgrounds make an excellent network of people that I will keep in contact with for the rest of my life. The city of Groningen, although small, is an excellent place to live as a student and especially an international student as there are already so many other international students in Groningen helping give it the great atmosphere it has. It is truly an overlooked gem in this part of Europe. You may even find yourself doing a masters in Groningen because you can't bring yourself to leave!

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(Binding) study advice
  • A minimum of 45 EC in the first 12 months (binding)

You will be offered study advice after first year of study. You can expect a positive result if you have earned more than 45 ECTS credit points (out of a total of 60 ECTS). If you have earned fewer than 45 ECTS and are issued a negative result, you will not be allowed to continue with your degree programme.

You will receive preliminary study advice in December to make sure that you know where you stand. Please contact your study advisor as soon as possible if you have any questions about the BSA system. N.B. Some degree programmes use a tutoring system; please check with your study advisor.

Study support

First year students are offered workshops 'Starting your Academic Career'. This workshop offers a mentor-system in which a small group of 1st year students is supervised weekly by a senior student and enables you to start up your studies more smoothly.

If you come across questions with regard to your programme, study progress, your way of studying, personal circumstances, etc, you can go to the International Office for guidance. All discussed in these conversations is treated confidentially.

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