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International Operational Law

Navigating peace, crisis and armed conflict

The master’s programme International Operational Law is your path to a career as legal advisor in international law focused on peace, crisis and armed conflict.

Degree of Master of Laws (LL.M.)

This is a practice-oriented one-year programme, focused on international law that governs armed conflicts and crises. The programme leads to the degree of Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Operational Law.

The programme especially focuses on the legal scope available for states and other actors linked to crisis management, defence and security. You will, for example, study states’ and non-state actors’ right to make use of force, the legal framework for cyber operations and hybrid warfare and how war crimes are legally prosecuted and handled in international and national courts of law.

"Honestly it felt a little bit too good to be true. Because I'm really interested in defence and I thought it was very special that I could study at the Defence University."


Jedidja van Keulen, one of our international students, about why she chose to study here.

Meet our students

I wanted to do my master's in another country. The study of law in Belgium was good, but it was too small for me. The Swedish Defence University offered a broader and deeper focus, particularly on laws related to war.

– Augustin Bollue.
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The teachers' expertise was invaluable. Learning from such experienced lawyers was a fantastic opportunity. It was inspiring to have teachers from around the world sharing their experiences, making our education richer.

– Cornelia Engelhardt.
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I’m certain that this one year programme at the Swedish Defence University will widen my horizon, give me more knowledge of how to address the issues that interest me, and, of course, provide experience.

– Nkechinyere Chukwu.
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