International & European Law - English - Full-time

In 4 years you will have all the personal and professional skills to build a successful international legal career. The new bachelor law curriculum is perfectly in line with the current requirements of international law. In the first two years, you lay the foundation for your career and learn through theory and practice how to apply Law in an international environment. In year 3 you will specialise further and deepen your legal skills and knowledge. For example, follow a specific minor, choose modules or study abroad for a semester. In your final year of study, you will do an internship and a final project.

Structure of International & European Law - English - Full-time

Lectures

13,5

hours per week

Self-study

25

hours per week

Projects

1.5

hours per week

Study credits

60

in year one


Year 1

The first year is the introductory (propaedeutic) year

You start with the basics. Year one (the propaedeutic year) introduces you to the foundations of International and European Law. During the first three weeks you will follow a module specifically designed to introduce you to the legal field, the basic skills, our programme, the university and The Hague. From there on, you will focus on EU Law, Public International Law, Tort, Company, and Family Law, building a solid foundation for the next three years. 

We believe you should apply in practical and professional assignments what you have learnt from your law books. As a result, you will work on professional skills from day one. You will take modules on legal writing, technical skills, reasoning and negotiating as well as learning the tools of the trade, from writing memoranda and letters of advice to draft decisions and legal analysis. All things that an outstanding international legal professional does well. You will encounter professional scenario’s that either directly come from practice or mirror legal practice. Please note that our curriculum is still under construction. Subjects might change. 

 

Timetable

Semester 1
Introduction to Law
International Law
Private Law
Legal Skills
Global Awareness and Professional Development
Semester 2
EU Law
Private Law
Legal Skills
Global Awareness and Professional Development

Year 2

Delve deeper

During year 2, you will strengthen and consolidate your legal skills when you are introduced to International Criminal Law, International Trade, Labour Law and more. Then you will take part in group Moot Court projects representing fictitious corporate clients, assisting them with legal issues, like mergers and acquisitions. Or you will defend, or prosecute, an international war crime suspect. You will gain a perfect balance of theory and practice during our programme. There is even a chance to make a final plea at the Court of Justice in The Hague where judges will assess your performance.

Timetable

Semester 1
Public International Law
EU Business Law
Legal Skills
Global Citizenship and Professional Development
Semester 2
International Criminal Law
Corporate and Trade Law
Legal Skills
Global Citizenship and Professional Development

Year 3

Specialisation year

In year three you are steering your own professionalisation path. Here you have the possibility to acquire more in-depth knowledge in legal areas of your interest. You follow two mandatory courses: the Research Lab and Cross-Culture Skills and Professional Development. In addition, you can choose four elective modules or minors, of 13-15 credits each, from our departments mentioned below. The module choices are broad, you can specialise in anything from Corporate Law to International Criminal Law, from Legal Technology to Human Rights. These modules are spread over both semesters, carefully selected and tailored to today’s market needs, so that you can form your own specialisation. In addition, you choose from which department you would like a coach that guides you through your third and fourth year. You can also take a minor within or outside THUAS or participate in special project, like a Moot Court Competition. 

Last but not least, many of our students take advantage of studying abroad during a semester in their third year. An exchange expands your experience and knowledge of law in a different setting. The partner institutions of the Law programme can be found here.

 

Timetable

Corporate Law
Corporate Governance
Tax Law & Financial Regulation
Compliance Minor
Business Law
Business & Employment
Dispute Resolution Minor
Contract Management & Legal Ops
Sale & Logistics
EU Law
EU Public Law & European Governance
Public Health & Animals
EU Business Regulation
Climate & Natural Resources
International Criminal Law
International Criminal Justice
International Criminal Practice
Public International Law & Human Rights
Enforcement of International Law: from Theory to practice
War, Peace & Security
Human Rights Advocacy
Diversity, Equality and Social Justice
Law & Tech
Cyber Security Minor
Artificial Intelligence & Legal Technology
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Year 4

Graduation year

It is no secret that the international law job market is fiercely competitive. But the good news is that our law graduates are particularly successful at finding jobs within a year. That is because The Hague, the International City of Peace and Justice, hosts multiple prestigious international institutions, NGOs, embassies and international companies. We also organise an employment network event, where you can meet and network with legal professionals and look for internships and jobs. The modules you follow in the graduation year are spread over both semesters

Our partner institutions and companies advise us on our curriculum, internships and graduation projects, so we always stay relevant to current market demands. This culminates in year four when you work on your final graduation project and go on an internship for at least 100 working days. With your Law diploma in hand you will become a world citizen, like we aim in our mission statement: ‘From the International City of Peace and Justice, and through an ambitious and practice-oriented learning environment, the Law programme aims to educate world citizens and form excellent and adaptable legal professionals who embrace today’s and tomorrow’s legal challenges and opportunities’.

 

Timetable

Semester 1 & 2
Internship
Applied Research Project
Professional modules

The team of Law

Peter Boswijk


Dr. Abiola Makinwa


Jeff Dahl


Dr. Tamara N. Lewis Arredondo


Dr. Michail Vagias


William Worster


Aurelien Lorange


Kirsty Donald


Jonas Fechtner


Alice Welland


Amanda Kemshaw


Anna Maria Nowak


Mária Éva Földes, PhD


David Nederlof

d.b.nederlof@hhs.nl

Stefania Marassi


Miera Sibug Montero


Dr. Calum Young


Galyna Kostiukevych


Lucie Plasseraud


Sandra Nobréga


Cristina Contartese


Desmond Johnson


Gregory Townsend


Christine Tremblay


Asier Garrido-Muñoz


Andreea Manea


Carlos Correa


Aleksandra Asscheman


Jaime de Jesus Lima


Dr. Agnieszka Machnicka


Zahra Mousavi


Suhas Sagar


Nadia Rusinova


Artemis Malliaropoulou


Leyla Gayibova


Agnes Macedo de Jesus


Eliška Koštiálová


Bartosz Krysiak


Madonna Hamidy


Daniel Russel


Juan Salmeron


Paul Vine


Judith van Arendonk


Linda Louis


Stanley Mbelu

Lecturer Legal Skills


Robert Weaver

Lecturer Legal Skills


Rebecca Kumi

Lecturer Legal Skills


Barbara Baio

Teaching Assistant


Barbara Sonczyk

Lecturer Public International Law


Maria Paz de la Cuesta

Lecturer EU Law


Cale Davis

Lecturer International Criminal Law


Dennis Penu

Digital Examination Officer


Alexandrah Bakker

Digital Examination Officer


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Testimonials

Thalis Cabral

On getting prepared

Judson Ernandes

On practical aspect

Charlotte Tran

On student association

Francesca Minetto

On Moot Court

Lukas Vician

On Inspiration

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Minors

Shape your degree

In year three you’ll have the opportunity to choose from the wide range of minors offered by the university. Our Law programme offers a number of minors covering important current developments in law and practice: Dispute Resolution, Cyber Security, Legal Technology and Compliance. These minors have been developed by the Law programme with experts from other disciplines to fully enhance your experience.

Working methods

Lectures and workshops

Our Law programme strikes an excellent balance between theory and practice. You will learn the theory of law in the lectures and in the workshops you will apply this theory to practical cases to deepen your understanding.

Guest lectures

There are regular inspiring ‘meet-a-professional’ lecture series where you will attend inspiring talks given by professionals from international tribunals, international organisations and multinational corporations. They share their experience of how they make prosecutorial decisions or how they keep their company compliance with regulatory demands.

International company visits

To fuel your enthusiasm, in the first year you can visit relevant organisations in Brussels. In year two you can experience organisations like the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and the United Nations first hand on a trip to Geneva. Throughout our programme you can participate in various Moot Court competitions, arguing for the best interests of your client.
 

Contact the programme

Do you have questions about International and European Law or would you like to receive more information? We are happy to help you. 
  • Questions about the LAW programme? Please contact Hesther Calis via h.t.e.calis@hhs.nl.
  • Entry requirements and registration? Send an email to csi@hhs.nl.
  • Studying in The Hague? Students BIanca, Orla, Miruna or Zayron will tell you all about it.
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Assistance during your studies

Study coaching and advice

You’ll have the support of a tutor to guide you through project work and written assignments in years one and two, your thesis and internships. If you fall behind due to unforeseen circumstances our study coach will help you get back on track.

Collect ECTS

Binding Study Advice (BSA)

pauTo continue your degree programme after the first year, you need to earn 50 of the 60 credits (EC or Credits). In some cases, the degree programme may also require that you pass a specific subject as European art of the credit requirements. We call this a qualitative requirement. If you meet the credit requirements as well as the qualitative requirement where applicable, you will receive a positive binding study advice (BSA) from the Examination Board at the end of your first year and you will be able to continue your degree programme.

If you earn less than 50 credits or don’t meet the qualitative requirements where applicable, you will receive a negative binding study advice and will have to leave the degree programme. This is why this advice is called a Negative Binding Study Advice (NBSA). 

Your academic progress may be affected by personal circumstances such as illness or the professional practice of a sport. It is important that you inform the Examination Board immediately of any personal circumstances that might apply to you. The Board can take these into account when issuing its study advice.

Read all the rules for the binding study advice in Chapter 7 of the Programme and Examination Regulations (PER)  (PER) for your degree programme.


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