International Justice (BA)
Home to the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice, The Hague is the perfect backdrop to explore conceptions of justice in our global society. Justice issues related to human rights, peace, security and the environment present legal and policy challenges for governmental and non-governmental actors, international institutions, and civil society that extend beyond national borders and single disciplines. The International Justice major at Leiden University College is built around three key themes of law enforcement, human security and organisation and integration.
Through an interdisciplinary frame, the major International Justice provides you the opportunity to explore complex issues from multiple perspectives. You will be equipped to critically investigate diverse questions related to:
- Statehood: is Kosovo a sovereign state?
- Climate change: what is the role of both the international community and international law in developing an effective response to climate change?
- International law: are there certain circumstances when targeted killings by drones are deemed justifiable?
The Hague, the is the perfect location for the International Justice major. Currently, The Hague houses no less than 131 international institutes and agencies, which employ a workforce of 14,000 people, all committed to working towards a safe and just world. Decisions made in The Hague affect the entire world and all of humanity.
You are introduced to the legal foundations of global justice (e.g., international norms, global and regional judicial systems), normative concepts (e.g., fairness, legality, legitimacy and their critiques) and their application in specific fields, such as human rights, environmental protection and dispute settlement). The BA International Justice is built around three key themes:
- Law and enforcement
- Human security
- Organisation and integration
The International Justice major is also connected to the Governance, Economics and Development major and the Gender Studies minor. Through these crosslinks students can explore issues related to governance and development, as well as comparative justice systems and gender, media and conflict. For a full overview of our programme structure, have a look at the International Justice e-prospectus.
Graduates from the major International Justice may wish to pursue a career in international institutions, government, non-governmental organizations, or within an academic setting. You might want to develop a creative approach to the challenge of International Justice, stepping beyond the confines of more conventional programmes in international law or international relations.
Students can also proceed to Master programmes in diverse themes related to justice such as:
- International law
- Human rights
- Humanitarian law
- Maritime governance
- Environmental policymaking
- Climate change and energy law
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