LeidenLeiden law school (Leiden University)

General Information

Founded in 1575, Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands. The university’s Law School dates back to this time, which was also the time of Hugo Grotius. Often referred to as the ‘Mozart of International Law’, Grotius started his studies at Leiden University in 1594, at age 11.

Leiden is a beautiful and historic city with many 17th Century houses along its cobblestone streets. From Leiden’s old fortress there is an excellent view over the many canals, church spires, narrow alleys, historic buildings and private almshouses that define Leiden. The city has excellent bookstores and museums, a beautiful historic shopping district and a wide range of delightful cafes and restaurants.

The Leiden Law School is located in a beautifully renovated national monument in the historic heart of Leiden. The Law School also has teaching and research facilities at its campus in neighbouring The Hague: The Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies enables a unique collaboration with The Hague’s international legal institutions.

Leiden is located in the western part of the Netherlands, about 40 km south of Amsterdam. The cities of Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam and Utrecht are all just a short train journey away. Schiphol Airport can be reached in fifteen minutes by train, and Brussels and Paris are only 1,5 and three hours away on the high speed train service.


The Leiden Law School offers the following international programmes:


  • The Leiden Law Courses: a curriculum of about 30 bachelor level courses taught in English, for international exchange and study abroad students.
  •  Master of Laws
    - specialisation in Public International Law, taught in both Leiden and The Hague
    - specialisation in European Law
  • Master of Science
    - specialisation Criminal Justice

Advanced Master Programmes

                      - specialisation in International Criminal Law 
                      - specialisation in Peace, Justice and Development


Columbia Summer Programme: A four week international summer programme in American Law, in cooperation with Columbia University Law School in New York
Summer School in International Criminal Law: A two week bilingual programme (taught in both English and French) at the Grotius Centre in The Hague, in close cooperation with the International Court of Justice and the international legal tribunals.

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