Jonathan Ruff

I very much enjoyed the rich and stimulating academic programme, which entailed a broad variety of themes and sub-areas within the ambit of Public International Law and European Union Law, resulting in a deepening and broadening of my knowledge and understanding of these fields of law.
Jonathan Ruff
Alumnus International and European Union Law 2007-2008

Enjoy, Follow Your Heart, and Pursue Your Dreams

My name is Jonathan Ruff, and I graduated from Erasmus School of Law in 2008. My keen interest in international matters and surroundings has ‘drawn’ met to follow the predecessor of the current International and European Union Law LL.M. programme. I very much enjoyed the rich and stimulating academic programme, which entailed a broad variety of themes and sub-areas within the ambit of Public International Law and European Union Law, resulting in a deepening and broadening of my knowledge and understanding of these fields of law. Next to legal theory, this programme provided ample opportunities to further develop my writing, legal research and collaborative skills.

Against the background of the modern and cosmopolitan campus of Erasmus University and the vibrant city of Rotterdam, the current International and European Union Law LL.M. programme offers an inspirational and captivating palette of international and EU law courses, an international classroom featuring tailored small-scale teaching, proper attention to practical legal skills alongside theoretical knowledge and an open and welcoming atmosphere that fosters the exchange of ideas and dialogues between students, lectures and guest experts.

Public international law and European Union law can be practised in various professional contexts. I have been working as an attorney since 2009, mainly focusing on international matters in the fields of public international law, private international law and international arbitration. Next to private legal practice, national and international courts, international organisations, academia, non-governmental organisations and diplomacy are examples of organisations and career fields that may offer exciting opportunities to practice, study and research public international law and European Union law.

My advice to prospective master students is to follow their heart: when choosing a master programme, a professional career, and - generally - in life. Your time at university is an excellent period to acquire deeper knowledge about your interests, qualities and passions, which in turn can help you identify and formulate your ideas and vision for a future career path, and navigate towards it. Elective courses, the activities of various student associations and foreign exchange programmes, to name a few options, offer excellent opportunities to discover new horizons, meet new people and grow as a person. I also encourage you to do one or more internships at an organisation you feel enthusiastic about, in order to experience the daily life and work at such organisation. In sum: university life offers a great number of chances and opportunities, waiting to be seized by you. I believe that dedication, confidence, joy, courage, perseverance and authenticity will be helpful companions along the way in creating your own, unique path, imbued with happiness, meaning and energy.