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Amsterdam International Law Clinic

The Amsterdam International Law Clinic offers Master's students the possibility to combine international law theory and practice at the University of Amsterdam.

Cases may concern international human rights law, international criminal law, international environmental law or any other field of international law. Recent clients have included the International Bar Association, the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN), Diakonia (Jerusalem Office), and the Public Prosecutor for Crimea in the Ukraine.

During the spring semester of the academic year 2020-2021 (February until June) the AILC will work for a renowned NGO on a clinic project focusing on human rights.

Clinic Course

During the time you participate in the Clinic, you will attend the compulsory Clinic Course. This course deals with various aspects of the legal profession and the provision of legal services. Professionals from the field, both academics and attorneys, will address various topics such as the writing of legal opinions, legal research, and the client-attorney relationship.

Requirements and eligibility

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

Should a particular case or project in the Amsterdam European Law Clinic or 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 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.

How to Apply

Please submit your application, in English, by sending an email to amsterdamlawclinics@uva.nl addressed to Ms. Linde Bryk, LL.M, indicating in the subject-line ‘Application Amsterdam Law Clinics - [your name]’. Your application must include:

  • Your CV or resume (max. 2 pages);
  • An overview of relevant courses and grades from courses you have taken at the University of Amsterdam or other universities;
  • A sample of 1 - 5 pages (maximum 10) of your own writing in Dutch or English related to your studies;
  • An analysis responding to the questions below, in a Word document that has your signature and indicating place and date: 
    • Why are you interested in taking part in the Amsterdam Law Clinics, and more specifically in the clinics you have listed as your preferences? (max 400 words)
    • In your opinion, what is one of the most impresssive public interest law case you have come across that has been dealt with in the courts and why is this case of such importance? What would you have done differently? (max. 400 words)
  • Indication of preferences. The Amsterdam Law Clinics strive to ensure that as many students as possible are given the opportunity to participate in a clinic during their Master. We cannot ensure admission to a particular clinic and the application and selection process for the clinics is competitive. We recommend students to list in the e-mail that accompanies their application at least 3 clinics ranked in order of interest.

If selected for the clinic of first choice, selection is binding

Clinic students are selected through a selection process. Registration at SIS is not necessary. However, it is recommended to register for an alternative course in case you are not selected.

Deadline for application: 18 June 2021

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 an e-mail to amsterdamlawclinics@uva.nl and we will provide you with the relevant contact information.

Spring semester 2019-2020
Ania Jermak
MeiAn Prantl
Emma Wouters
Franca Eckstein
Julie Nechat
Nuria de Jong