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 17-07-19
  • Location The Hague
  • Course fee TBA

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. Please note that the dates are still tentative only. They will be confirmed soon. 

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. Classes take place on weekdays in the mornings and afternoons, and no courses will be offered simultaneously. Classes are limited in size in order to facilitate interaction between faculty members and students.

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 will be updated soon. Courses of last year included:
(course descriptions)

  • Authority and Legitimacy in International Adjudication  
    by Prof. Laurence Helfer and Prof. Carsten Stahn
  • 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. Sara Beale and Dr. Pinar Olcer 
  • Introduction to American Law  
    by Prof. Kathryn Bradley and Prof. Donald Beskind
  • Realizing Rights: Strategic Human Rights Litigation and Advocacy   
    by Prof. Jayne Huckerby and Prof. Helen Duffy

Study load
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.

Class size
A maximum of 50 participants will be admitted to this Institute.

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

This Institute is held in the city centre of The Hague, at Leiden University, Location Wijnhaven. To learn more about The Hague, please visit The Hague, International City of Peace and Justice and This is The Hague.


Information on the student accomodation will be provided on this website soon. 


Course fees

The tuition fees for the program will be provided on this website soon. 

What's included?
The tuition fee covers the written materials for each course which will be supplied at no extra charge at the time of registration at the Institute. Also, any additional reference materials will be made available at the program site. Library facilities will be available at the Leiden University. Students will also have access to computer facilities.
The non-refundable registration fee covers the cost of administrative and related expenses, including all transcript fees.


Applications have not opened yet. The opening will be announced here, together with a link to the online application form. Applications will be admitted on a rolling basis. The deadline for applications will be confirmed as soon as possible. 

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

Lecturers and speakers

Please find the speakers of last year's edition below. The speakers for 2019 will be confirmed soon.

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

Sara Sun Beale, Charles L. B. Lowndes Professor of Law, Duke Law School

Donald H. Beskind, Professor of the Practice of Law, Duke Law School

Kathryn Webb Bradley, Professor of the Practice of Law, Duke Law School

Rachel Brewster, Professor 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

Laurence R. Helfer, Sr. Professor of Law, Duke Law School

Jayne Huckerby, Clinical Professor of Law, Duke Law School

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

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

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