International Children’s Rights (Advanced)

The Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in International Children’s Rights is a one of a kind program, offering an advanced master (LL.M) dedicated to the rights and interests of children from a legal perspective. Today – more than 25 years after the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child – the role of international, regional and domestic systems in issues of child protection, participation and empowerment is ever-growing, and requires in-depth specialization.

Multi-layered and interdisciplinary

International children’s rights is a unique area of law because it is multi-layered (covering international, regional and national legal systems) and interdisciplinary in its scope. The program provides an in-depth study of the field of children’s rights, and pays particular attention to its intersection with diverse fields of law, including human rights, civil, criminal, humanitarian, family and migration law. The multi-layered and legal interdisciplinary nature of the program is an essential element in acquiring specialist knowledge on the meaning and implications of international children’s rights for the position of children at the international and domestic level, in both the developed and developing world.
Our programme is characterised by small-scale teaching, which encourages intensive interaction between students and lecturers. Students in our Advanced Masters programmes come from various countries, and from diverse cultures, which contributes to a truly international study environment.


In addition to our academic staff, which comprises renowned international legal experts in the field of children’s rights, the program offers students the opportunity to meet and discuss hot topics effecting children with guest lectures and representatives from NGO’s and international organizations, such as the Hague Conference on Private International Law and the International Labor Organization, as well as with prominent practitioners working in the field of children’s rights.

The program also includes a trip to Geneva to attend a session of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, and meet with other international organizations operating at the international arena on issues relating to children’s rights.

For whom?

• law graduates in possession of a full law degree (offering access to legal practice) or legal professionals.
• graduates who hold a degree at an equivalent level in another discipline with a sufficient background in or understanding of law and/or sufficient professional experience in the field

Master details

  • Degree Master of Laws in Advanced Studies in International Children’s Rights
  • Mode of study 1 year (full-time); 2 years (part-time). Non-EU/EEA students must study full-time.
  • Duration Full-time, part-time
  • Start date September
  • Language of instruction English
  • Location Leiden
  • Croho/isat code 75121

Prof. Ton Liefaard

Programme Director

“This programme offers advanced, specialist knowledge and practical skills required to effectively protect the rights of children worldwide.”

Children's Rights Mootcourt

Play Children's Rights Moot Court

’Yoshie Noguchi (Senior Specialist in Labor Law, ILO)

“I had a great honour and pleasure in giving lectures on child labour to the students at Leiden Advanced Studies in International Children’s Rights programme.” “The lectures, and the visit of the students at the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva, focused on international labour law, and especially on the ILO standards. The Q&A and discussions with the students turned out extremely rich and stimulating for me – I hope also for the students. Child labour will likely remain among the important international topics in SDGs (target 8.7) as well as in the discourse of global supply chains’ compliance. In addressing child labour in practice, the legal prohibition is only a part of much wider and comprehensive set of policy and action with a holistic approach, reflecting the rights of children. I hope that the reflection on the issue of child labour will help all the students in the programme to gain a different perspective, whatever specific field they take in their career.”

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