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About us Faculty of Law International programmes LLM programmes 2023-2024 Public International Law

Programme requirements and structure

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The Public International Law LLM is a one year long, full-time programme. The language of instruction and examination in the programme is English.

Programme requirements
In order to obtain an LLM degree in Public International Law a candidate must successfully complete at least 60 ECTS*:
a. Five compulsory course**:        

  • Advanced International Law (6 ECTS)
  • International Human Rights Law (6 ECTS)***
  • International Institutional Law (6 ECTS)
  • Settlement of International Disputes (6 ECTS)
  • UN Peacekeeping and Peace Enforcement (6 ECTS)

b. One course from the list of optional courses (6 ECTS):

  • International Humanitarian Law (6 ECTS)
  • Investment and International Law (6 ECTS)
  • Refugee and Asylum Law (6 ECTS)

c. The seminar International Law in Practice (6 ECTS)
d. Master’s thesis (18 ECTS)

* Students who have not taken Public International law (or an equivalent) in their Bachelor should take this course as an extra course. The course will not be part of the required 60 ECTS.
** Students who already took one of the compulsory courses in their Bachelor can apply for an exemption for such a course through the Board of Examiners. An extra course(s) should be chosen to replace the exempted course(s).
*** Students who have already participated in a Human Rights Law course in their bachelor the (seminar) course International Environmental Law is available as alternative.

Programme structure
This programme consists of six courses (minimum), a seminar and the writing of a thesis. The academic year in Groningen runs from the first week of September to the end of August and is divided into two semesters of two blocks each. Each lecture block is followed by periods of examinations.

Do you have a question about an LLM programme? Contact the Faculty of Law directly through our information request form.

The Faculty reserves the right to cancel or alter courses when necessary. Applicants receive due notice of any changes in the curriculum. These webpages will always hold the most recent information about the programmes.

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