The International and European Law programme is the grounding for a legal career in a global, multinational or governmental organisation, law firm or NGO. Students learn to analyse legal problems from an international perspective and embrace new ways of critical thinking. Graduates leave with an impressive portfolio packed with legal documents like letters of advice, memoranda, research papers, legal opinions, pleadings and contracts. The International City of Peace, Justice and Security is the ideal venue to study international law.
The curriculum examines the law at every level – global, regional and national.
At global level, among other areas, we’ll explore international public law, human rights law and international arbitration.
At regional level, areas of study will include for example European Union Law and European principles of contract Law.
At national level, we’ll examine the principles of contract law, tort law, litigation law and taxation law (and how they’re influenced by international and regional law). Further knowledge of national law can be obtained through further study in minors.
In addition to that, you will also study the three main areas of law – international law, European Union law and national law in comparative perspective – through a series of lectures, workshops, and self-study. Lectures and workshops cover subjects such as comparative law, history of law, human rights, constitutional law, and international criminal law.
You will also work hard to develop skills such as listening, writing and presenting – all essential for a professional, in any field. You’ll practice preparing legal documents such as letters of advice, memoranda, written pleadings, applications to various courts, contracts and legal due diligence reports – the types of documents a legal professional typically needs to produce. You will also focus on the use of English in law, legal reasoning, research skills, teamwork, legal writing, communication skills, debating and negotiating. You’ll get the opportunity to perfect your spoken and written legal English.
From second your you can specialise in one of these areas, Specialization Public International Law & Human Rights, Specialization International Humanitarian Law & International Criminal Law, Specialisation European Law and Specialisation Commercial Law.
English language skills
Since our international Bachelor programmes are taught entirely in English, you will need a good command of the English language, both spoken and written. Bachelor candidates who were educated in the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Ireland, United States, Canada (except for Quebec!), Australia, New-Zealand, South Africa or Malta, or students holding a diploma (including English as an exam subject) stated on this diploma list, need not take an English proficiency test. All other prospective students are required to hand in a valid and sufficient TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), TOEIC, IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or Cambridge ESOL (CAE/CPE) certificate to the Enrolment Centre.
Our past graduates have a great track record. Some of our former students have gone on to work for multinationals, law firms and not-for-profit organisations, all over the world.
Your degree could be the first step to being an attorney, barrister prosecutor or judge. But there are all other sorts of possibilities, too, beyond the courtroom. There are legal professionals working for all kinds of organisations, governments and (small) law firms - mediating, resolving conflicts, addressing everyday issues. There are advocates fighting for justice, in places where human rights and the rule of law aren’t established.
An International Bachelor of Law opens you up to a range of exciting career choices, in any number of countries. And as a graduate of The Hague University of Applied Sciences, you’ll benefit from our connections with all kinds of international organisations and institutions. The International Court of Justice, Permanent Court of Arbitration, International Criminal Court, International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia, The Hague Conference on Private International Law are all right here - on our doorstep.