International co-operation

Leiden Law School is an internationally orientated law school offering a wide range of high quality law programmes offered both in Dutch and English. Our more than 50 cooperation agreements are a testament to that international orientation. We actively encourage the international exchange of students and staff to and from our many excellent international partner schools. We are also engaged in many international projects and participate in a range of international networks and alliances .

International partner universities

The Law school has a number of exchange agreements with partner universities both inside and outside Europe. More information for exchange students. You are also welcome to contact the Office for International Education for more details.

Ghent – Leiden Thorbecke lecture

Since 1975 there has been a close collaboration between the Law Faculty of Ghent University and Leiden Law School.

Every year a professor of one law faculty gives a special guest lecture to students of the the other law faculty. This lecture is called the Thorbecke College, in memory of Prof. J.R. Thorbecke, who was a professor in both Ghent (1825-1830) and Leiden (1831-1849).


LERU is an organisation of research-intensive universities which was founded in 2002. It advocates the creation of new knowledge through research, conducted in partnership with universities, industry and society at large. LERU’s aim is to influence policy in Europe and develop best practice through mutual exchange of experience.

School of Human Rights Research

The School of Human Rights Research is an inter-university alliance consisting of:

  • School of Law (Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance) 
  • Faculty of Humanities of Utrecht University 
  • Faculties of Law of Maastricht University 
  • Erasmus University of Rotterdam 
  • Tilburg University 
  • Leiden University 
  • The T.M.C. Asser Institute, The Hague, also participates in the Research school.


The (SARFaL) consists of the legal faculties of the following European Universities: Aarhus, Barcelona, Bologna, Galway, Geneva, Leuven, Oslo, Oxford, Poitiers, Prague, Vienna and Leiden. SARFal was created to encourage international contact and collaboration between PhD students and research fellows throughout Europe. It encourages reciprocal visits and facilitates small-scale meetings between international experts.

Co-operation in a number of projects with Delft University of Technology

Leiden Law School is involved in a number of projects with the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management at Delft University of Technology.

These projects are in areas such as ICT, transport law, tort law, property law and air and Space Law (Faculty of TPM, TU Delft).

Building Blocks for the Rule of Law Project

The Building Bocks for the Rule of Law project was an initiative of Leiden University, the University of Groningen and Universitas Indonesia. It was launched in January 2009 and concluded in September 2012. The aim of the project was to contribute to the improvement and quality of the Indonesian legal and socio-legal education system by strengthening the teaching and research capacity of Indonesian law faculties.

Last Modified: 20-10-2015