International & European Law - English

The Bachelor of LAW bases its programme on eight professional competencies: legal analysis, advisory skills, representation, decision-making, regulation, management, organisation and legal communication. These eight competencies will be tested continuously during your four years at LAW. During the first and second year, LAW’s specialised theoretical framework, mixed with a variety of hands-on group projects and guest lectures given by knowledgeable experts from our extensive network, will help you join up the dots in internationalcourt cases. Then, in year three, you’ll get the chance to specialise and choose from four legal fields. You’ll also be able to go on an exchange, before concluding the programme with an internationally orientated internship and thesis.

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Structure of International & European Law - English



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in year one

Year 1

The first year is the foundation (propaedeutic) year.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. First, year one will introduce you to the basics of international and European law. Introductory courses like Public International Law, Tort Law and Constitutional Law will lay the foundation you will need during the following three years. Having said that, you’ll get plenty of opportunities to apply what you have learned from books. Like a simulation of the UN Security Council, where students represent a European state, defend its interests and submit and argue resolutions. Furthermore, in the first year we will also get your professional skills up to scratch, as this is an invaluable quality of outstanding international legal professionals. That’s why you’ll receive several courses on legal writing, reasoning and negotiating that will allow you to deliver all sorts of legal products, such as memorandums, letters of advice, draft decisions and legal analysis.


Block 1
Public International Law
Constitutional Law
Introduction to Law
Skills 1: Legal Analysis
Project one: Model United Nations
Block 2
Criminal Law
Administrative Law
Contract Law
Skills 2: Legal Advising
Project one: Model United Nations
Block 3
Corporate Law
Tort Law
Introduction to EU Law
Skills 3: Representing
Project two: EU Crisis
Block 4
Human Rights Law
EU Decision Making
Property Law
Skills 4: Decision Making
Project two: EU Crisis
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Year 2

Delve deeper

Year two is all about consolidating the skills that you’ll acquire in year one. During this period you’ll be introduced to e.g. European Criminal Law, International Criminal Law, International Trade Law and International Labour Law. These courses are one of the reasons our curriculum is so unique. Among other group projects, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in law moot courts, like the Moot Court Project and the Due Diligence Project. Here, you’ll have to represent fictitious corporate clients and assist them during a merger and acquisition. In the ICC Moot Court project student teams defend or prosecute an international war crime suspect. And to top it all off, you’ll have to make your final plea at the Court of Justice in The Hague, where judges will assess your performance. Many LAW student consider this a privilege and memorable experience!

Year 3

Specialisation and exchange

In year three you will have the chance to specialise and choose your own elective courses within the LAW programme. You can also go abroad as part of an exchange.LAW has partnerships with universities in Italy, Spain, France, the UK, the US, China and Australia and many more. Students who would prefer to stay at THUAS can choose a range of electives within four LAW themes: Public International Law & Human Rights Law, International Humanitarian Law and Criminal Law, European Law and Commercial Law. You’ll deal with complex issues, such as the prosecution of heads of state for their war crimes, or the limited protection international law grants refugees and other minority groups during financial crises. These are typically currentsocietal questions to which you’ll try and find an answer.

Year 4

Internship and graduation

We’ll say it up front: the job market for law graduates is fiercely competitive. However, during recent years LAW students have been particularly successful in finding jobs within a year of graduation. And that’s probably due to the fact The Hague - being the international city of peace and justice - offers LAW students many job and internship opportunities at prestigious and well-known international institutions, NGOs and legal offices. We also have an Employment Network Event, where students get acquainted with current legal professionals. And we receive regular input from our Professional Advisory Committee (PAC). Law-related institutions and companies advise us on our curriculum, possible internships and thesis subjects, so we can deliver students that fulfill current market demands. These three merits of the LAW programme will certainly help you during the fourth year when you’re required to write your final thesis and follow an internship of at least 100 working days.

Assistance during your studies

Study coaching and advice

Apart from the thesis and internship mentors at LAW, a tutor will also guide you and your tutor group with project work and writing assignments in year one and two.

Collect ECTS

Binding Study Advice (BSA)

In the first year, you are expected to earn at least 50 of the 60 credits available. In some cases, as part of the 50 credits, you will need have passed a certain subject.

If you fulfil all requirements, the Examination Board will issue a positive study advice and you can continue with your degree programme. If you fail to meet these requirements, you will be issued a negative binding study advice and will be required to leave the degree programme.

The Examination Board may take personal circumstances into consideration, such as illness or participation in professional sports. This will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The study advice may be deferred, possibly with certain conditions attached that must be fulfilled during the following academic year.

You are personally responsible for your academic progress, so make sure to contact your academic career coach early on if things are not going well.


Shape your degree

At the LAW programme we just launched a new minor on Cyber Security and Compliance.These are two very promising fields of law, that LAW students could and should get a grip on. The list of minoring options at THUAS is endless. If you’re more internationally inclined you could also follow a minor at other Dutch universities.

Working methods

The International and European Law programme strikes an excellent balance between theory and practice. We include legal experts from the field in every aspect of our programme. Each quarter we organise two meet-a-lawyer lectures and one topical guest lecture for all students. You’ll attend inspiring talks by judges of international tribunals and legal officers for the OPCW, Europol, Eurojust and the ICC. You’ll get to learn about the choices they made during court cases and how they got to where they are now. Furthermore, to nourish LAW students’ enthusiasm in year one, we organise excursions to ICTY, Brussels and a prestigious law firm. And in year two a trip to Geneva where we’ll visit the World Trade Organisation (WTO). Not convinced yet? Well, what if we were to tell you that THUAS will host one of this year’s regional finals of the European Law Moot Court? Twelve international teams will compete against each other at THUAS and in several venues in The Hague, including its Supreme Court.

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