instituteRijksuniversiteit Groningen
Faculty of Law
diplomaInternational Law and the Law of International Organizations
program typeregular
program formfull-time
program duration12 months
credits (ECTS)60 EC
numerus fixusnone
application no60605

International Law and the Law of International Organizations

Was the United States' invasion of Iraq legal? What does membership of the WTO mean for China? And what role do international organizations play in these matters? Find out in this programme.

In this one-year Master's degree programme you will broaden and strengthen your knowledge of international law and the law of international organizations. The programme covers all aspects of public international law.
As a student of this degree you enjoy great freedom to design your own programme. You can choose from a wide range of optional courses in International Law, such as Economic Law, Peace and Security, Environmental Law and Humanitarian Law. Moreover, there are 35 courses in other areas of law from which you can choose, including Comparative Law and Sociology of Law. The services of some of the most important international law institutions are available to you in this programme. These institutions reside in the Netherlands and include the International Court of Justice, the Yugoslavia Tribunal and the International Law Library of the Peace Palace.
In addition, you can do a specialization in Human Rights. For more information about this specialization, please check


  • Admissions Office & Study Advisors
    International Office LLM

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Studenten & Studentenleven

living in Groningen

53637no. students
30472no. resident student   
€ 335avg. room price
room affordability
18 m2avg. room size
room availability

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number of students

31 students follow this program
81% of which is female
15 freshmen started in 2013
87% of which is female
27169 students at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
52% of which is female
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living in Groningen

53637no. students
30472no. resident student   
€ 335avg. room price
room affordability
18 m2avg. room size
room availability

bron: NSE 2014

study association



instruction language100% en
teaching types35% self study
45% theory
20% practice
modes of instructionliterature study, oral presentation, research, excursion, lecture, group discussion, individual assignment, self study, seminar
contact hours10 uur per week

evening educationn.v.t.
distance learningn.v.t.


Holders of a law degree are able to broaden and deepen their knowledge of the various aspects of international law and of the law of international organisations.

instruction modes

Lectures, practical assignments, presentations, papers, excursions, seminars.

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.


International Institutional Law; International Environmental Law; Law of International Peace and Security; International Trade Law; International Human Rights Law; International Criminal Tribunals; International Investment Law; International Humanitarian Law; Refugee and Asylum Law; optional courses; the writing of a thesis. Human Rights specialization is possible!

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specialization Human Rights

May you attack a church during armed conflict if a sniper is hiding in a tower? What rights do Turkish nationals have when they are tortured in a Venezuelan prison? Find out in this specialization.

In this one-year Master's programme you will become an expert in Human Rights. The programme is a specialization of the Master degree in International Law and the Law of International Organizations. It is a specialization in the broadest sense, covering all aspects of Human Rights. Human Rights are not recognized everywhere, nor are they interpreted the same way in all countries. In fact, there are several Human Rights' systems in place. Sometimes victims and their lawyers have to decide which system to choose to find their justice. This is the field you will deal with. You will take courses such as International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, International Institutional Law and Refugee and Asylum Law. You will enjoy great freedom to design your own programme, being able to choose from a wide range of optional courses. The services of some of the most important international law institutions will be available to you. These institutions reside in the Netherlands and include the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and the International Law Library of the Peace Palace.

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courses roster

sep - novdec - febmrt - meijun - jul
Four public international law courses
International Institutional Law
Master's thesis
Seminar Advanced Public International Law
Besides one compulsory course and the compulsory seminar, students have to pick four course out of a selected list of public international law courses plus one optional course. This gives students the opportunity to shape the programme to their needs. Like all masters, this programme is also concluded by writing a Master's thesis, worth 18 ECTS.

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China Programme (CSC)The scholarship programme is designed for good quality Chinese students who want to study or do research in the Netherlands for an academic year either during or after their studies in China. The main purpose of the China Programme is the exchange of talented Chinese and Dutch students.
StuNed ScholarshipsStuNed Scholarships for Master studies, short courses and customized training programmes are available for Indonesian professionals with at least two years work experience in a development-related organization.
Fulbright/ NAFThe Fulbright Center is a bi-national, non-profit organization established by international agreement between the United States of America and the Kingdom of The Netherlands. It promotes educational co-operation and provides information on study, research and internships in the United States.
Ford Foundation/Ford-IFPThe Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program (Ford-IFP) provides opportunities to exceptional individuals for advanced study. If you are a resident of an eligible IFP country and would like to study in Europe, Nuffic can act as a placement partner for you.
Libertas Support FundThe aim of the Libertas Support Fund is to assist politically engaged students who for political reasons have been prevented from studying in their countries of origin to continue their studies in the Netherlands.
FFELP StaffordLoans are no longer being made under this program. All new loans will be made under the Direct Loan program.
ColfuturoStudents from Columbia can apply for this scholarship through their website.
Jean MonnetJean Monnet Scholarship Programme, which has been implemented for 20 years and aims to support Turkey's administrative capacity building efforts for the effective implementation of the EU acquis, is the most prestigious scholarship programme in Turkey.
Alban ScholarshipThe Alban Scholarship programme aims at the reinforcement of the European Union-Latin America cooperation in the area of Higher Education.

* for postgraduate studies.
* for specialization studies at any of the eligible recognised organizations of Higher Training (companies included).
Orange Tulip Scholarship Programme TaiwanThe Orange Tulip Scholarship Programme supports promising Taiwanese graduates and young professionals intending to pursue postgraduate degree programmes at a Dutch higher education institution.

Becas Chile ScholarshipThis program is aimed to improve Chile’s global competitiveness by strengthening its human capital development and improving the scope and quality of education, scientific & technological research and innovation.
Eric Bleumink FundScholarship programme for students/researchers from developing countries.

The Fund awards several types of scholarships to talented students, researchers and university staff from the developing world, in order they can follow further education partly in Groningen and partly in their own country.
NESO China
Orange Tulip Scholarship - MexicoThe Orange Tulip Scholarship is a special programme for excellent Mexican students. Various higher education institutions and companies support outstanding Mexican students financially to be able to study in Holland.
Orange Tulip Scholarship South Korea
Talent Grants: Partial Scholarship Law

Admission and costs

Program start and application deadlines

1 September 2015admission deadline : 1 June 2015 (EU)

application requirements

language requirements
Cambridge Advanced English    C1
Cambridge Professional English    C1
IELTS overall band    6.5
IELTS listening    6
IELTS reading    6
IELTS writing    6.5
IELTS speaking    6
TOEFL paper based    580
TOEFL computer based    237
TOEFL internet based    92
grade averageGPA of 2.75/4, 3.5/5, 7/10, 70/100
knowledge minimumBasic knowledge of public international law
previous educationLL.B. or equivalent
reference letter2 academic references should be provided
written requestStudents need to hand in a motivation letter (max. 650 words)


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:

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Usually you will pay the institutional or non-EU/EER tarif.
Simplified one can say:

  • statutory tarif is the regular tarif for students from inside the EU/EER.
  • institutional tarif is for students who already hold a bachelor's or master's degree and want to start a second bachelor or a second master.
  • non-EU/EER tarief is for students from outside the EU/EER.

Please note:
Tuition fee is strongly dependant on your specific situation. Be sure to check the institute of your choice for a exact figure.

tuition fees

2014/15full-time   statutory tarif € 1906
full-time   institutional tarif € 1906
full-time   non-EU/EER tarif € 10800
2015/16full-time   statutory tarif € 1951
full-time   institutional tarif € 1951
full-time   non-EU/EER tarif € 11000

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unique characteristics

This programme covers all aspects of public international law and offers a lot of freedom to shape the programme to your interests, either very broad or specific. Depending on where you plan to work, the programme can easily be adapted to your needs. As the list of optional courses of this programme shows, there is a wide range of courses as optional courses to choose from.

Facts and opinions

NVAO geaccrediteerd

De kwaliteit van deze opleiding wordt getoets door: NVAO (nl)

This program has been accredited on February 29 2012 by the Dutch-Flamish Accreditation Organization (NVAO) and has received the following grades:

realized qualitysufficient
program cohesionsufficient
required study effortsufficient
staff qualitysufficient
staff sizesufficient
study guidancesufficient
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