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Public International Law (Advanced Master Programme): Peace, Justice and Development

The Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in Public International Law is an intensive, high-level postgraduate programme in public international law.

The objective of the Peace, Justice and Development Specialisation (PJD) is to provide students with advanced knowledge of, and skills in, various chapters of public international law which all attract considerable attention in international affairs and which are interrelated. Building on the general knowledge and insights gained during the common compulsory part of the programme, this specialisation seeks to advance specialised knowledge on the legal regulation of war and peace, the quest for justice (substantively and procedurally) as well as sound and sustainable development of the world economy.

Apart from the study of academic literature and analysis of international legal instruments and jurisprudence in the respective fields, participants will be trained to develop skills to integrate these distinctive branches of international law and to formulate an independent opinion on legal questions relating to peace, justice and development. They will be trained to clearly present their findings orally and in writing to both legal specialists and non-lawyers, to actively participate in academic debate, and to apply advanced academic knowledge in public international law in a professional setting.


Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2
Public International Law: Capita Selecta 10
International Institutional Law 6
International Dispute Settlement LLM Adv 5
International Criminal Law 5
International Protection of Human Rights 5
International Relations 5
International Humanitarian Law 5
International Economic Law and Sustainable Development 5
Privatissimum: UN Peacekeeping 4
Thesis LLM Adv PIL 10

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The Master of Advanced Studies in Public International Law has been designed to provide a framework for intensive, high-level study in Public International Law. The programme offers students the opportunity to acquire an advanced knowledge of this branch of law, while at the same time allowing them sufficient freedom to specialise in one of two areas. This programme succeeds the LL.M. in Public International Law which has been delivered for nearly 15 years, with some modifications in the range and content of the courses.
The overall objective of the programme is to provide students with advanced knowledge on the foundations of Public International Law, and to familiarise them with the state of current research.
The programme aims at providing students with skills that:
— enable them to thoroughly analyse and interpret legal sources, literature, and complex cases,
— to research and formulate an independent opinion on international legal questions,
— to clearly present findings both orally and in writing both to legal specialists as well as to non-lawyers,
— to actively participate in academic debate, and the professional application of advanced academic knowledge in Public International Law.
Due to its structure and objectives, the programme may be of interest to a diverse audience of participants wishing to pursue a career either in interna¬tional organisations, governmental institutions, international non-govern¬mental organisations, or within an academic setting. For those already work¬ing in these fields, the programme offers a valuable opportunity to broaden and deepen their existing knowledge.