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Practicing International Law - Practicum


Bound choice of

a) International Criminal Court Trial Competition
b) Kalshoven International Humanitarian Law competition
c) Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition
d) Telders Moot Court Competition
e) Practicing International Law
f) International Humanitarian Law Clinic

Admission requirements

Admission to the Masters programme.


In the course ‘Practicing International Law’ students provide international legal advice as junior lawyers working in a government ministry. Each student cooperates with the other members of his or her team to draft memoranda, interview a witness, and prepare oral presentations to be given during a meeting with a high level government official within the ministry.

Course objectives

Objectives of the course
The course aims to develop the drafting and oral presentation skills of students by training them to present written and oral arguments within the context of a government ministry. The course also aims to deepen students’ knowledge of international law through assignments that require independent research on specific factual and legal issues.

Achievement levels
After successful completion of this course, students will be able to independently analyze legal problems of medium complexity. Students will have acquired in-depth knowledge of international legal issues pertaining to the memoranda assignments.

Academic skills and attitude:
After successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • interview a witness;;

  • provide legal advice within a relatively short period of time;

  • defend a particular position, both in writing and orally;

  • work together with other students in a team.


The timetable of this course can be found in uSis.

Mode of instruction


  • Number of (2 hour) sessions: 5

  • Names of lecturers: Dr Cecily Rose (coordinator); Dr Erik Koppe; Mr Vid Prislan; Dr Sergey Vasiliev; Dr Mamadou Hebie; Dr Robert Heinsch.

  • Required preparation by students: Students must cooperate as a team to prepare memoranda as well as oral presentations.


Other methods of instruction

Assessment method

Examination form(s)

  • Written Work (50%)

  • Oral Presentations (50%)

Written work:

  • Each student has to cooperate with his or her team to submit memoranda by the prescribed deadlines.

  • The requirements for the submission of the memoranda will be announced on Blackboard and explained during the introductory class.

Oral Presentation:

  • Each student has to cooperate with his or her team to prepare oral presentations, which will involve legal and factual questions.

  • The requirements for the oral presentations are announced on Blackboard and explained during the introductory class.

Submission procedures
To be announced.

Areas to be tested within the exam
All required reading (literature) for the course, the course information guide and the subjects taught in the lectures, the lectures and all other instructions which are part of the course will be published on Blackboard.


More information on this course is offered in Blackboard.

Reading list

Obligatory course materials


Course information guide:
Outline as posted on Blackboard.


Recommended course materials
To be announced on Blackboard.


Through uSis

Contact information

  • Co-ordinator: Nathalie Walstra-Jansen

  • Work address: KOG, Steenschuur 25, room B1.21

  • Telephone number: 071-527 7578

  • E-mail:


  • Institute: Public Law

  • Division: Public International Law

  • Room number secretariat: KOG, Office B1.21

  • Opening hours: 9.00-17.00 hrs

  • Telephone number secretariat: 071-527 7578

  • E-mail:


Belangstellenden die deze cursus in het kader van contractonderwijs willen volgen (met tentamen), kunnen meer informatie vinden over kosten, inschrijving, voorwaarden, etc. op de website van Juridisch PAO.