International & European Law - English - Full-time

Law bases its programme on eight professional competencies - legal analysis, advisory skills, representation, decision making, regulation, management, organisation and legal communication. These skills will be tested continuously during the four years. During year one and two, we’ll help you join up the dots in international court cases with a specialist theoretical framework including hands-on group projects and guest lectures with knowledgeable experts from our extensive network. 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.

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



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in year one

Year 1

The first year is the foundation (propaedeutic) year.

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Firstly, year one (the propaedeutic year) 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 foundations that you’ll need for the following three years. Having said that, you’ll get plenty of opportunities to apply what you have learned from books. In a simulation of the UN Security Council, you’ll represent a European state, defend its interests and submit and argue resolutions. We’ll also get your professional skills up to scratch – to make you an outstanding international legal professional. You’ll take courses on legal writing, reasoning and negotiating to enable 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

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

Year 3

Specialisation and exchange

In year three, you’ll have the chance to specialise and choose your own elective courses. You can also go abroad as part of an exchange. Law has partnerships with universities in Italy, Spain, France, UK, USA, China, Australia and many more. If you prefer to stay at THUAS, you can choose a range of electives within four Law themes: Public International Law and 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 that international law grants refugees and other minority groups during financial crises.

Year 4

Internship and graduation

We’ll say it up front. The job market for law graduates is fiercely competitive. However, during recent years our Law graduates have been particularly successful finding jobs within a year of graduation. And that’s probably due to the fact The Hague - the international city of peace and justice - offers many job and internship opportunities at prestigious international institutions, NGOs and legal offices. We also have an employment network event, where you can get acquainted with 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 train you to rise to current market demands. All this will help you in year four when you write your final thesis and follow an internship for at least 100 working days.


Shape your degree

We’ve just launched new minors on Cyber Security and Compliance, two very up and coming fields of law. Your minor options at THUAS are endless. If you’re internationally inclined, you could also follow a minor at another Dutch university.

Working methods

The Law programme strikes an excellent balance between theory and practice. We include legal experts from the field in all aspects 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 from the OPCW, Europol, Eurojust and the ICC. You’ll learn about the choices they make during court cases and how they got to where they are now. To fuel your enthusiasm in year one, we organise excursions to ICTY, Brussels and a prestigious law firm. In year two, we visit the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and United Nations on a trip to Geneva.

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Assistance during your studies

Study coaching and advice

A tutor will guide you and your tutor group through project work and writing assignments in year one and two, as well as during your thesis and internships.

Collect ECTS

Binding Study Advice (BSA)

If you haven’t acquired the basics needed to continue the degree programme of your choice, you will have a hard time completing it successfully. To make sure that you have these basics, you will have to meet an academic progress standard during your first year as a student (the foundation year). If you have earned at least 50 of the 60 credits (or, if relevant, have satisfied a qualitative requirement), the Examination Board will give you a positive binding study advice to continue your degree programme. In most cases, if you earn fewer than 50 credits, you will receive a Negative Binding Study Advice (NBSA) and you will have to leave the degree programme.

But the Examination Board will always consider personal circumstances. These could include illness or participating in elite sports: personal conditions that might have kept you from meeting the required academic standard. In such cases, the Examination Board can postpone giving its study advice. This means that you can continue your degree programme for the time being and that your study advice will be issued later, possibly with additional conditions imposed.
It is important, however, that you inform the Examination Board immediately of any personal conditions that might apply to you.

In conclusion: every student is responsible for his or her own academic progress. For this reason, make sure to contact your academic career coach early on if things are not going well. Read all the rules and requirements for the binding study advice in Chapter 7 of the Programme and Examination Regulations (PER) for your degree programme.

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