In the International Law Clinic, students have the opportunity to contribute to the struggle for peace and justice in the most serious situations worldwide for those who need it most but are unable to obtain the legal expertise themselves. Throughout the semester, students conduct research for projects that concern, for example, international criminal law, other forms of transitional justice, domestic prosecution of international crimes, and human rights. Since the issues that are researched are extremely complex, students obtain experience with client-friendly and policy relevant research and writing and gain knowledge of the interaction between law and politics and of topics that concern several fields of law, such as international law, comparative public law, criminal law, and private law. Furthermore, students are trained to become professional international legal advisers through the intensive supervision of senior PILPG staff and through PILPG’s professional development educational program. Through their participation in the ILC as Junior Research Associates for PILPG, students obtain a unique professional experience in the competitive field of international law and politics. They moreover gain access to the global network of PILPG.

The International Law Clinic was set up to provide students with an opportunity to contribute to the work of PILPG, including the struggle against conflict and injustice, with real societal impact; to support the important work of PILPG as a pro bono law firm; and to help students develop into legal professionals with a thorough understanding of how to deal with complex societal situations in which different fields of law, different legal systems, and law and politics intertwine.

Read the Student Testimonials: the experiences of students from the 2015/2016 academic year. Also watch this video for a short impression of the work of the ILC.


The International Law Clinic starts at the beginning of each semester. Students may apply for the first semester in August and the first week of September. The intensive selection takes place through three rounds in September. The program runs from 1 October to 31 January. Students may apply for the second semester in January and the first week of February. The intensive selection takes place through three rounds in February. The program runs from 1 March to 31 July.

The International Law Clinic requires selected students to work 16-20 hours per week, including weekly team meetings and other meetings. Successful students receive 12 ECTS upon completion. The recognition of the ILC as an optional course depends on the master program. 

Applications for the International Law Clinic may be submitted to

More Inforation

For more information, contact dr. mr. Marieke de Hoon (, Assistant Professor International Law, International Criminal Justice and Human Rights at the Department of Criminal Law and Criminology and Director PILPG Netherlands, or Emma Bakkum (, course coordinator of the International Law Clinic and Assistant Counsel PILPG Netherlands. 

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