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Practicing International Law - Practicum


Note: As of the academic year 2019-2020, this course will no longer be a part of the program of LL.M. Public International Law.

Bound choice

Students completing the Practicing International Law course must choose to follow either the General Public International Law track or the International Humanitarian Law track for this course.

All students must complete the Practicing International Law course unless they have selected to participate in the international humanitarian law clinic (in lieu of Practicing International Law: IHL) or one of the following moot court competitions:

  • International Criminal Court Trial Competition (in lieu of Practicing International Law: IHL);

  • Kalshoven International Humanitarian Law competition (in lieu of Practicing International Law: IHL);

  • Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition (in lieu of Practicing International Law: General PIL);

  • Telders Moot Court Competition (in lieu of Practicing International Law: General PIL).

Selection for the IHL clinic and the moot court teams is competitive. Moot court selection takes place in September, and IHL clinic selection takes place in September and February.

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

Working Groups

  • Number of (2 hour) sessions: 5

  • Names of lecturers: Dr G. Pinzauti (coordinator); Dr Simone van den Driest; Mr Vid Prislan; Dr Sergey Vasiliev; Dr Giulia Pinzauti; Thea Coventry.

  • 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%): Students must write two memoranda concerning an assigned situation or case. These two memoranda together will count for 50% of the final grade.

  • Oral Presentations (50%): Students must give an oral presentation which will count for the remaining 50% of the final grade.

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 are posted on Blackboard and explained during the introductory class.

Oral Presentation:

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

  • The expectations for the oral presentations are explained in class. The schedule for the oral presentations is posted on Blackboard.

Submission procedures
To be announced.

Areas to be tested within the exam
The memoranda and oral presentations concern issues of public international law.


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: t.b.a.

  • Work address: Wijnhaven, Turfmarkt 99, room B4.43

  • Telephone number: 071-527 7578

  • E-mail: t.b.a.


  • 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: