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LLM in "Law and Politics of International Security" (The Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

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The Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is now accepting applications for the LLM program "Law and Politics of International Security" for the academic year 2014/2015.

This interdisciplinary one-year program is a joint venture of the faculties of law and social sciences. It gives students with backgrounds in international law or social sciences the opportunity to specialize in an increasingly crucial field of studies. The program starts from the assumption that international law cannot be properly understood outside its political context, whereas contemporary international politics cannot be fully grasped without a solid knowledge of international legal institutions.

The program offers a multidisciplinary approach to the rapidly changing field of international peace and security. It includes topics such as the United Nations system of collective security, the transformation of war (including the “new wars” debate, humanitarian interventions and the Responsibility to Protect, the rise of Private Military Companies and new technological developments such as drones), international criminal courts and tribunals and International Humanitarian Law. Students will be challenged to think through the historical development and philosophical underpinnings of concrete, topical issues. Students will be stimulated to participate in extra-colloquial seminars with experts and practitioners in the field of international peace and security.

Field trips to international organizations and international tribunals are integral part of the program. You are encouraged to apply from as early as December 2013. The LPIS Admission Board starts reviewing applications and accepting students in January and continues to do so until all available places are filled. Therefore early application is strongly advised.

The Master's programme of Law and Politics of International Security is co-ordinated by Dr. Geoff Gordon of the Law Faculty and by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wagner of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration. We are looking for highly motivated students who like to study in a small and very international group of ca. 30 students.

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03 Dec 2013

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