Public International Law

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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Deze opleiding

!Deze opleiding communiceert alleen in het Engels.
We tonen daarom de Engelstalige opleidingsinformatie.
“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 tough task that needs well-trained and highly dedicated lawyers ... is that you?

Imagine a peaceful, prosperous and environmentally sustainable world society respecting human dignity and social justice. Would this be possible without international law? Do not dream, make it work! Allow yourself to become a good international lawyer by getting to know the achievements and shortcomings or international law today. Develop ideas about how to improve international law and acquire skills to advise your government, an international organization, a company, individuals, or groups.

The programme 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 programme offers some flexibility in the range of courses that can be chosen. Students can opt for a peace & security, an economic/environmental or a dispute settlement profile. 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.

More detailed information on the programme can be found here.

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

The LLM Public International Law is registered under the LLM CROHO label International Law and the Law of International Organizations (60605). This is a Top Rated Programme in the Netherlands.

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diplomaLLM International Law and the Law of International Organizations
typeregulier, 60 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur12 maanden voltijd
heeft geen numerus fixus
geen honoursprogramma

Waarom aan de Rijksuniversiteit?

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

Open dagen en meeloopdagen

Masterweek Groningen
Van 19 t/m 23 maart 2018 organiseren de faculteiten op verschillende dagen een mastervoorlichting op locatie. Aanmelden kan vanaf eind februari 2018.


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opbouwStudents will have to participate in five compulsory courses and the compulsory seminar for this programme plus one optional compulsory course. Like all masters, this programme is also concluded by writing a Master's thesis, worth 18 ECTS.
Students will have to participate in five compulsory courses and the compulsory seminar for this programme plus one optional compulsory course. Like all masters, this programme is also concluded by writing a Master's thesis, worth 18 ECTS.
International Human Rights Law
6 EC
International Institutional Law
6 EC
Advanced International Law
6 EC
UN Peacekeeping and Peace Enforcement
6 EC
Settlement of International Disputes
6 EC
International Law in Practice
6 EC
Master's thesis afstuderen
18 EC
International Humanitarian Law keuzevak
6 EC
Refugee and Asylum Law keuzevak
6 EC
International Trade and Development Law keuzevak
6 EC
Investment and International Law keuzevak
6 EC


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet35% zelfstudie
45% theorie
20% praktijk
case study, literature study, oral presentation, research, excursion, lecture, working group, group discussion, individual assignment, self study, seminar
study guidance
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.
study abroad
More information about studying abroad within this programme can be found on

Toelating en studiekosten

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1 september 2018
aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2018
wettelijk tarief : € 2060
instellingstarief : € 2060
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 14350
1 september 2019
aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2019
collegegeld nog niet bekend

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).

basic knowledge of public international law, on a similar level as the course Public International Law and elementary knowledge of European Law


  • 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)
  • CAE or CPE
  • Applicants who are taking/have completed an English-taught bachelor programme at a Dutch research university are exempt from taking an English proficiency test.

LLB or equivalent

reference letter
Candidates must provide one letter of reference from an academic referee who has detailed knowledge of their academic records. The reference can be emailed to the Admission Office from your referee's institutional e-mail address or uploaded in the Online Application System. The uploaded letter should be on a letterhead and signed by the referee and must contain contact details of your referee, including his or her institutional e-mail address. More information can be found at :

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.

studie kosten
bron: Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
bedrag kostenpost
€ 10500levensonderhoudper jaar
€ 600studiematerialenper jaar
€ 304visa/permitper jaar
inbegrepen in collegegeld

estimated monthly costs

bron: Nibud
303kamerhuur in Groningenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
158collegegeldop basis van € 1906 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1171totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

Bekijk ook de uitgebreide toelichting: wat kost studeren?

Studenten en studentenleven


? studenten volgen deze opleiding
?% daarvan is vrouw
? eerstejaars gestart in 2012
?% daarvan is vrouw
28510 studenten aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
51% daarvan is vrouw
bron: HBO-raad/VSNU


Nexus is the study association for the LLB programme in International and European Law and related master programmes.
These programmes mainly consist of international students and, therefore, Nexus is very internationally orientated. Besides organizing activities to integrate internationals into Dutch culture, such as a political debate with local parties in English, Nexus also aims to provide members with the chance to obtain a social network, participate in the organization of guest lectures or informal activities, attend debating trainings, trips and workshops, all in a multicultural environment.

Op kamers in Groningen

55216studenten studerend
31914studenten woonachtig   
€ 303gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
21 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête

aan het woord: studenten en docenten

Ketrin Triwidiastuty
Public International Law

It's challenging to learn how to analyse and critically assess various aspects of international law, from interpretation of treaties to the intricate development of public international law in the international community and it is quite mind-blowing. And if I have to do it all over again, I would love to.

My name is Ketrin Triwidiastuty. I'm from Indonesia. It's a fact that the Netherlands is one of the best places to study international law. I have always dreamt of taking my master degree in the Netherlands...
From the various courses offered, the very helpful faculty staff and the lecturers, I enjoyed every moment I spent here. Not only that, for someone who grew up in a big city like Jakarta, I love the city of Groningen, it is not crowded but very lively. The people of Groningen are very friendly, even to foreigners like me.
Of course I did not come here for sight-seeing, although my photography skills have improved greatly ever since I came here. I have to study hard for my classes because the lecturers here expect great things from us, in a good way of course. It's challenging to learn how to analyse and critically assess various aspects of international law, from interpretation of treaties to the intricate development of public international law in the international community and it is quite mind-blowing. And if I have to do it all over again, I would love to.
I can say that I never really had a bad experience during my stay. Sometimes I got homesick but I made a lot of friends from various countries that have made me feel at home. In a way, Groningen is also home to me now. Studying at the University of Groningen has been a great adventure for me; the kind of adventure that I won't trade for anything in this world. I only have one thing to say to prospective students: Come to the University of Groningen, have your own adventure of a lifetime!

lees verder ...


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1/2 Rijksuniversiteit
Public International Law
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
? eerstejaars
?% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
2/2 Rijksuniversiteit
International Human Rights Law
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
? eerstejaars
?% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
disclaimer: bovenstaande cijfers en beoordelingen zijn aangeleverd door de opleidingen zelf. Wij kunnen de juistheid niet garanderen.

Feiten en / studie in cijfers

bron: Nationale Studenten Enquete 2015
algemeen oordeel4.54.5


De Nationale Studenten Enquete is het grootschalige onderzoek van de overheid onder studenten in Nederland naar de kwaliteit van opleidingen aan hogescholen en universiteiten.
In 2015 hebben meer dan 200.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Public International Law aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen is beoordeeld door 19 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 4.5 uit 5.

Na de studie

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

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.
current job market

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bron: Elsevier beste banen 2015

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