International & European Law - English - Full-time

The four-year International and European Law programme taught in English will equip you with the professional competencies for an international high-flying legal career.

In years one and two, you’ll unravel international court cases through theory, hands-on group projects and expert guest lectures from our extensive network. In year three, you can specialise in a legal field. You’ll go on an exchange before completing the programme with an internationally orientated internship and thesis. Throughout the four years we’ll drip feed you legal analysis, advisory skills, representation, decision making, regulation, management, organisation and legal communication.

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 foundation (propaedeutic) year.

Let’s start with the basics. 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 for the next three years. You’ll still get plenty of chances to apply what you’ve learnt from law books. You’ll represent a European state in a UN Security Council simulation, defending its interests and submitting and arguing resolutions. We’ll also get your professional skills up to scratch. You’ll take courses on legal writing, reasoning and negotiating and learn the tools of the trade, from memoranda and letters of advice to draft decisions and legal analysis. You’ll be well on the way to becoming an outstanding international legal professional.



Timetable

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

Delve deeper

In year two, you’ll consolidate your skills from year one. You’ll be introduced to European and international criminal law, international trade and labour law - and more. You’ll take part in group moot court projects representing fictitious corporate clients assisting them during mergers and acquisitions, or defending or prosecuting an international war crime suspect. There’s the opportunity of a lifetime to make a final plea at the Court of Justice in The Hague where judges will assess your performance.

Year 3

Specialisation and exchange

In year three, you’ll have the chance to specialise and choose your own elective courses. Go abroad on an exchange. Law has partnerships with universities in Italy, Spain, France, UK, USA, Canada, China – to name a few countries. Or stay with us and choose electives with 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 complexities, such as the prosecution of heads of state for 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 be up front. The law job market is fiercely competitive. The good news is that our law graduates have been particularly successful at finding jobs within a year. That’s probably because 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 hold an employment network event, where you can meet with legal professionals and receive regular input from our Professional Advisory Committee (PAC). Law related institutions and companies advise us on our curriculum, internships and thesis subjects, so we meet the current market demands. This comes together in year four when you write your thesis and follow an internship for at least 100 working days.

Minors

Shape your degree

Your minor options at THUAS are endless. We’ve just launched Alternative Dispute Resolution which joins our other two popular, cutting edge minors in Cyber Security and Compliance. You can also take a minor at another Dutch university.

Working methods

Law strikes an excellent balance between theory and practice. Legal experts input all aspects of our programme. Each quarter, we organise two meet-a-lawyer lectures and one topical guest lecture. You’ll attend inspiring talks by judges of international tribunals and legal officers from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Europol, Eurojust and the ICC. You’ll learn about decisions they make during cases and how they got to where they are now. To fuel your enthusiasm in year one, we organise excursions to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (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

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)

To continue your degree programme after the first year, you need to earn 50 of the 60 credits (ECTS). Some degree programmes also set other requirements to pass onto the second year of the course. This could, for example, be a specific subject that you must pass and that counts towards the 50 credits. 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. 

If you earn less than 50 credits and do not meet the qualitative requirements where applicable, you will receive a binding negative study advice and will have to leave the degree programme. This is why this advice is called a Binding Negative 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) for your degree programme.

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