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Global Criminal Law

How are international and transnational crimes prevented, investigated and prosecuted? Is criminal law an effective tool in the present context of globalized criminality?

These questions will constitute some of criminal law's biggest challenges for the years to come and are the focus of the Global Criminal Law LLM track, which explores the application of criminal law - both substantive and procedural - in the context of global criminality, such as organized, transnational and international criminality.

Official detailed information on the programme can be found here.

The LLM Global Criminal Law is registered under the LLM CROHO label Global Criminal Law (60669).

Facts & Figures
Degree
LLM in Global Criminal Law
Course type
Master
Duration
12 months (60 ECTS)
Croho code
60669
Language of instruction
English
Start
September
Faculty
Law
Why study this programme in Groningen?

This programme has a strong focus on the application of criminal law in a globalised and internationalised context. It thus draws from comparative criminal law and international criminal law as well as from rules regulating international cooperation in criminal matters to explore particular types of global criminality: organised and financial crimes, cybercrimes and international crimes.

Programme

Students will have to participate in six compulsory courses and the compulsory seminar for this programme. Like all masters, this programme is also concluded by writing a Master's thesis, worth 18 ECTS.

Periods
Courses1234
Comparative Criminal Law (6 EC)
Criminal Procedure and Human Rights (6 EC)
Organised and Financial Crime (6 EC)
Cyber crime and Cybersecurity (6 EC)
International Criminal Tribunals and Courts (6 EC)
Seminar International Cooperation in Criminal Matters (6 EC)
Master's thesis (18 EC)
International Crimes (6 EC)

Curriculum

Students will have to participate in six compulsory courses and the compulsory seminar for this programme. Like all masters, this programme is also concluded by writing a Master's thesis, worth 18 ECTS.

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional

More information about studying abroad within this programme can be found on www.rug.nl/law/lep.

Entry Requirements

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).

knowledge minimum

basic knowledge of criminal law and elementary knowledge of public international law

language test
  • TOEFL: 92 (all sections need to be at least 21; the writing section needs to be at least 23)
  • IELTS: 6.5 (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 programme at a Dutch research university are exempt from taking an English proficiency test. More information here: https://bit.ly/2Ho7gkM

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. More information can be found at: https://bit.ly/2Ho7gkM

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

As this programme is a full selection master, all students should meet the admission requirements. For a full list of the requirements, please check: https://bit.ly/2Ho7gkM

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).

knowledge minimum

basic knowledge of criminal law and elementary knowledge of public international law

language test

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

  • TOEFL: 92 (all sections need to be at least 21; the writing section needs to be at least 23)
  • IELTS: 6.5 (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 programme at a Dutch research university are exempt from taking an English proficiency test.
  • For more details about language requirements please check: https://bit.ly/2Ho7gkM

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. More information can be found at: https://bit.ly/2Ho7gkM

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

As this programme is a full selection master, all students should meet the admission requirements. For a full list of the requirements, please check: https://bit.ly/2Ho7gkM

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 201901 September 2019
01 May 202001 September 2020
EU/EEA students01 May 201901 September 2019
01 May 202001 September 2020
non-EU/EEA students01 May 201901 September 2019
01 May 202001 September 2020
Tuition Fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2018-2019€ 2060full-time
non-EU/EEA2018-2019€ 14350full-time
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 14600full-time
After your studies

Job prospects

The Global Criminal Law programme is specifically tailored to train students into becoming well-equipped legal professionals with both academic skills and practical knowledge in the field of criminal law.

Graduates of the programme can apply their specialized understanding of substantive and procedural criminal law in domestic, regional, and international contexts. In particular, the programme is designed to meet the requirements of a career within international organizations and judicial institutions as well as within inter-governmental and national government agencies.

Research

Research

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.

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    Sharing knowledge with my colleagues, all coming from different legal traditions, and learning from inspiring professors who all are authorities in their respective fields, enriched me with the skills I did not gain during my previous education.

    – Lejla Terzimehic, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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    Thanks to the European Commission Scholarship and the Talent Grant from the University of Groningen, I got a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – to expand my knowledge in the field of law I am most passionate about, at one of the oldest and most prestigious European universities. Being very intellectually challenging, this master programme has truly met my expectations. Sharing knowledge with my colleagues, all coming from different legal traditions, and learning from inspiring professors who all are authorities in their respective fields, enriched me with the skills I did not gain during my previous education. What I find to be the most beneficial is that the Dutch educational system, appreciating independence, 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 this master and a 6-month long internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for The Former Yugoslavia strengthen 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. Indeed it is only knowledge that can triumph over impunity, injustice and ignorance.

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