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Public International Law (International and European Law)
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Career prospects

The Public International Law track is designed to prepare graduates for an international career in European or international institutions, international  business, law firms, government departments or non-governmental organisations.

The ever increasing importance and complexity of public international law is reflected in an increasing demand for professionals specializing in this area of law. The Public International Law track prepares you for a wide range of career paths. Our graduates can for example be found in:

  • International organizations
  • International courts and tribunals
  • National public service, including the diplomatic service
  • Law firms (e.g. international criminal law; international trade and investment law; human rights advocacy)
  • National judiciary
  • NGOs
  • Academic or legal research

Amsterdam Law School offers students information, workshops and individual vocational counseling through its Career Services Programme.

Career in Holland

The Netherlands organisation for international cooperation in higher education (Nuffic) has compiled: hollandalumni.nl, a website about finding a job in the Netherlands for international students.

Meet our Graduates

Joshua Jackson, graduate PIL

Joshua Jackson, Project ManagerAction4Justice, London

‘I joined UvA to further my ambition of working in the field of human rights and environmental law. My time at UvA was and will continue to be a key step in helping me realise this ambition.'

Read the interview with Joshua

Birte Böök, Postdoctoral Researcher, Utrecht University

‘I am currently working as a legal consultant in Brussels, where I am directly involved in providing legal and policy advice to the European Union institutions.’

Read the interview with Birte

Morillio Wiliams, graduate PIL

Morillio Williams, Policy and Advocacy Manager, Simavi

I grew up in Suriname and was a peer educator at the age of 12, connected to a local NGO that also worked on ensuring Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights.’ Morillio now works for Simavi, a non-profit organization aiming to improve health conditions of people in marginalised communities in Africa and Asia.

Read the interview with Morillio

Joaquim Roodheuvel

Joaquim Roodheuvel, Associate, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, Amsterdam

‘Even with a background in public international law, it is possible to work at a corporate law firm like De Brauw. In fact, I am able to very regularly put into practice what I have learned at both the UvA and the University of Cambridge.’

Read the interview with Joaquim

Ellen Gorris

Ellen Gorris, Policy officer for Gender and Age at the European Commission, Brussels

‘I started as a Blue Book trainee at the Directorate-General for Justice and Gender Equality. I became an assistant policy officer on the rights of the child following completion of the traineeship. In June 2017, I moved to my current position.’

Read the interview with Ellen

Ruben Brouwer

Ruben Brouwer, Human Rights Officer, Women's Rights and Gender Section of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva

‘During my degree and with the support of my professors and teachers, I also gained invaluable professional experience with the Netherlands Permanent Mission to the UN and Human Rights Watch in New York.’

Read the interview with Ruben

Joëlle Trampert, PhD Candidate

Joëlle Trampert, PhD Candidate, University of Amsterdam

‘I became deeply interested in state responsibility and human rights law during my Master’s in International and European Law at the UvA. Amsterdam Law School offers an ideal Master’s in this field, as students can tailor the programme to meet their individual interests and needs.’

Read the interview with Joëlle

Robin de Ruiter, graduate PIL

Robin de Ruiter, Legal officer International Law Division, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

‘At the International Law Division, we deal with the practice of almost all fields of international law, for instance human rights law, trade and investment law, treaty law, and the law of the sea.’

Read the interview with Robin