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Amsterdam International Law Clinic

Last modified on 17-03-2023
Through the Amsterdam Law clinics, Master's students get the opportunity to work on cases of public interest on behalf of clients.
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The Amsterdam International Law Clinic provides legal services on all questions on international law. Cases taken on by the Amsterdam International Law Clinic may cover topics such as international human rights, international criminal law, international environmental law, international fiscal law or any other topic within international law.

It was established to meet the needs of students for more experience in dealing with real cases. In international legal practice, a growing interest exists for lawyers with a deeper understanding of, and experience in, the functioning and the application of international and European law. 

This clinic offers you the possibility to gain such experience and at the same time to make contact with your future profession in a direct manner. This co-operation between organisations, companies and law-firms on the one hand, and students of international law on the other, is exceptional in Dutch legal practice. The Amsterdam International Law Clinic is therefore unique in the Netherlands. 

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Clinical work

In the Amsterdam International Law Clinic you will acquire the knowledge needed to build up a solid case. You will also be directly involved in providing legal advice on international law for clients for which the students conduct legal research, provide legal advice and draft legal documents. The clinical work is conducted in a team of 3-5 students.

Students are closely supervised by faculty staff from the Departments of Public International Law and European Law, as well as the Amsterdam Center of International LawExternal link (ACIL). As a clinic student, you will receive intensive, hands-on, guidance on how to conduct legal research, and how to write a legal opinion for external clients. Emphasis is placed on professionalism, high quality work, teamwork, and respect for confidentiality.

Participation in the Amsterdam Law Clinics has allowed me to develop invaluable skills in communication, research, teamwork and drafting that will be useful throughout my professional career.
Sophie van DongenBusiness and Human Rights Clinic, 2020/2021

Requirements, eligibility and application

The Amsterdam International Law Clinic is only open for students enrolled in:

  • Track Public International Law
  • Track International Trade and Investment Law
  • Track International and Transnational Criminal Law

Should a particular case or project in the Amsterdam International Law Clinic provide the possibility for students from other Masters to participate, this will be communicated through the clinic’s website informing other Master's students about the possibility to apply as well.

Other requirements are:

  • You are available at least 10 hours per week;
  • You have a strong work ethic, excellent communication and English-writing skills, and a genuine interest in international law.

Check out the specifics on how to apply.

Current and prior projects and publications

The Amsterdam International Law Clinic works on cases and projects pertaining to international law. Currently, it is working on the project on ‘Access to Justice for Gun ViolenceExternal link’ in cooperation with the Asser Institute and the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The clinic will address gun violence from the standpoint of European legislation and human rights law. Students will develop a memorandum on legal remedies available to gun victims across European jurisdictions. 

In addition, Professor Yvonne DondersExternal link is member of the UN Human Rights Committee as of January 2023. A clinic team will assist her in preparing the sessions of the HRC taking place in March and June. During these sessions, several State reports as well as individual communications will be discussed. There can also be discussions on (draft) general comments. 

Other examples of matters the Amsterdam International Law Clinic has been involved in include:

  • research for and drafting of the text for a speech to the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment;
  • research for various NGO's into possibilities to force parties to take responsibilities for war crimes in certain countries and the possibilities to administer universal justice to these cases.

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Contact us

For any questions regarding the Amsterdam International Law Clinic, send us an e-mailExternal link or contact Vid PrislanExternal link

Contact former clinic students

If you're interested in more hands-on information about the clinic and experiences from former Amsterdam International Law Clinic students, you can contact any of the following former students. Send us an e-mailExternal link and we will provide you with the relevant contact information. 

Ania Jermak
Manon Picard
Mei-An Prantl
Alan Feler
Emma Wouters
Sophia Giardini
Julie Nechat
Lili Tammepuu
Nuria de Jong
Bahar Babapour
Franca Eckstein
Leila Katšajeva 

What our alumni say about the Amsterdam Law Clinics:

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