Duke-Leiden Institute in Global and Transnational Law
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Duke-Leiden Institute in Global and Transnational Law Law Peace & Justice

For students and young professionals | Organised in cooperation with Duke University School of Law, ranked 1st in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, The Duke-Leiden Institute in Global and Transnational Law is a one-month residential programme providing a strong foundation for those interested in international and comparative law as well as for those planning to study law in the United States. Courses are taught by lecturers from both Duke Law School and Leiden Law School and will focus on subjects such as international trade, human rights, international criminal law, comparative constitutional law and American law.

  • Start date 16-06-19
  • Duration 4 weeks
  • Level Students | Professionals
  • Apply before 01-05-19
  • Location The Hague
  • Course fee $4810

Course information

The Duke-Leiden Institute in Global and Transnational Law will take place from 16 June to 17 July 2019 at Leiden University in The Hague, known as the International City of Peace and Justice. 

The programme is divided into 2 two-week terms. All courses are taught in English and all (except for Introduction to American Law) are taught by faculty members from different legal cultures, exposing participants not only to comparative law studies but also to different teaching methods. 

Target audience
The Institute is aimed at students who have completed at least three years of law study, students preparing to study for an LLM degree in the United States, and other advanced law students from all countries. The Institute also welcomes judges, academics, practitioners, and other professionals seeking knowledge of American, international, and comparative law to apply for the programme.

Academic content

The courses offered during the Duke-Leiden Institute 2019 are the following: 
(course descriptions)

  • Taxation of Cross-Border Transactions
    by Prof. Richard Schmalbeck and Dr. Irma Mosquera Valderrama
  • Challenges in Multilateral and Regional Trade Governance  
    by Prof. Rachel Brewster and Dr. Giovanni Gruni 
  • Comparative Foreign Relations Law and Democratic Accountability  
    by Prof. Curtis Bradley and Dr. Joris Larik 
  • Comparative Perspectives on Criminal Justice: Central Issues and Contextual Implementation  
    by Prof. James Coleman and Dr. Pinar Olcer 
  • Introduction to American Law  
    by Prof. Thomas Metzloff and Prof. Doriane Coleman
  • Realizing Rights: Strategic Human Rights Litigation and Advocacy   
    by Prof. Jayne Huckerby and Prof. Helen Duffy

Class size & Study load
A maximum of 50 participants will be admitted to this Institute. Classes are limited in size (up to 25 students) in order to facilitate interaction between faculty members and students.
Students may enroll in as many as 3 courses and must enroll in the same courses for both terms of the programme. Netherlands lawyers may, however, attend a single course for one or both terms.
​Classes take place on weekdays in the mornings and afternoons, and no courses will be offered simultaneously.

Why this Institute?

The Duke-Leiden Institute offers the opportunity to learn from influential academics from both Leiden Law School and Duke Law School. In addition to the in-depth courses, special lectures, a scholarly conference and visits to law firms and international institutions (upon confirmation), such as the ICJ, the ICC and NATO, will be organized. Extra-curricular activities will also be offered so that students can enjoy the cultural and other amenities of the area.  The course also offers plenty of opportunities to network with and learn from fellow students, practitioners and faculty members with varied legal backgrounds and cultures. And last but not least, The Hague is a wonderful place to stay!

Practical information

Course fee
Tuition for the full four-week program is U.S. $4,810. The non-refundable registration fee is U.S. $350.
Leiden University students benefit from an all-inclusive reduced fee. Please contact the Grotius Centre for further information. 

What's included?
The tuition fee covers the written materials for each course. Access to the library and computer facilities will be available at the Leiden University. 
The non-refundable registration fee covers the cost of administrative and related expenses, including all transcript fees.

The student accommodations and activities fee is U.S. $2,800. This includes accommodation, academic visits and both a welcome dinner and farewell event.

Students meeting at least one of the criteria for non-resident status will be charged a non-resident's fee instead, of U.S. $500, covering academic visits and course dinners. The criteria are: 
1. The student is a resident of The Netherlands, or;
2. The student has a family member residing in The Hague with whom he/she will live, or; 
3. The student has been working in The Netherlands prior to the start of the program and already has his/her own apartment, or; 
4. The student is married and will be bringing his/her spouse (or SSSE) to the program.

More information on the fees and what they include. 


Applicants should complete the online application form which can be found, along with further information on the procedure, on the Duke-Leiden Institute Application page. Applicants will be admitted on a rolling basis. Please note that the deadline for application is 1 May 2019.

For more information about the Duke-Leiden Institute in Global and Transnational Law, please contact Christina Cameron.

Lecturers and speakers

Carsten Stahn (Leiden Law Faculty Director), Professor of International Criminal Law & Global Justice, Leiden Law School

Curtis A. Bradley (Duke Law Faculty Director), William Van Alstyne Professor of Law & Professor of Public Policy Studies, Duke Law School

Rachel Brewster, Professor of Law, Duke Law School

Doriane Coleman, Professor of Law, Duke Law School

James Coleman, Professor of the Practice of Law, Duke Law School

Helen Duffy, Professor of International Humanitarian Law & Human Rights, Leiden Law School

Giovanni Gruni, Assistant Professor, Europa Institute, Leiden Law School

Jayne Huckerby, Clinical Professor of Law, Duke Law School

Joris Larik, Assistant Professor of Comparative, EU and International Law, Leiden Law School

Thomas Metzloff, Professor of Law, Duke Law School

Irma Mosquera Valderrama, Associate Professor, Institute of Tax Law and Economics, Leiden Law School

Pinar Ölcer, Associate Professor of Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure, Leiden Law School

Richard Schmalbeck, Professor of Law, Duke Law School

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