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Human Rights (PhD, full-time and part-time)
College of Business, Public Policy, & Law,
School of Law
PhD (Human Rights), part-time
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Dr. Shane Darcy
Director of the PhD Programme
T +353 91 493 947
Over the years, the achievements of the Centre’s doctoral graduates <http://www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/doctoral_graduates.html> have paid great tribute to quality of the Ph.D. programme. Most of our graduates have taken up permanent teaching positions at prestigious institutions and the vast majority have published, or are in the course of publishing, their doctoral theses with leading international publishers. A small number are also working at a high level for various inter-governmental and non-governmental organisations, such as the International Criminal Court.
Who’s suited to this course
The Irish Centre for Human Rights is home to a committed and enthusiastic group of doctoral students engaged in research on a wide variety of topics pertaining to human rights, humanitarian law and international criminal law. This course would be suited to those individuals keen to undertake further learning and willing to dedicate themselves to a significant research project in the field of human rights.
In addition to researching and writing for your doctoral dissertation, students are encouraged to participate in the various activities of the Irish Centre for Human Rights, including conferences, lectures and Summer Schools. Doctoral candidates are invited to audit seminars that are offered by the Centre as part of the post-graduate teaching programmes and also to contribute to research projects carried out at the Centre. Opportunities exist for doctoral candidates to deliver lunchtime seminars on their specific topics and to gain valuable teaching experience both on and off campus.
For the benefit of doctoral candidates, the Centre organises a week-long doctoral seminar <http://www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/Programmes/phd_seminar.html> each year which features a distinguished panel of visiting academics in the field of human rights. During the seminar, candidates are invited to present and defend the findings of their research. Throughout the academic year, doctoral candidates also meet with the Centre’s director on a monthly basis to discuss recent developments and case-law of mutual interest as part of their regular study programme.
PhD (full-time), GYK04
PhD (part-time), GYK05
Our PhD students are undertaking work in the areas of International Criminal Law, International Human Rights Law, International Humanitarian Law and socio-legal studies. Amongst the current areas of research are:
• The Transitional Nature of Universal Jurisdiction in International Law
• Ahmad Owies, Wesam: The Role of Corporations in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Colonization, Nationalization, Occupation and Privatization
• Perceptions of Freedom among Saudi Citizens
The Influence of the Ideological Misuses of Moral Convictions on Transitional Justice in the Middle East
• Sri Lanka, the United Nations and human rights: A case study
• The Human Right to Health of Undocumented Migrants: Between Universality and Sovereignty
• Transnational Criminal Law: National, Regional and International Prosecutorial Strategies
• Remaking Universal Human Rights Gender Equality Commitments Into Vernacular: The Case of Domestic Violence
• The implications of honour for women’s agency, and the paradox of operationalizing international human rights law in patriarchal societies: the case of Kurdish Women
• The Impact of Women on the Protection of Human Rights in Peacekeeping.
• Prosecuting High Level Offenders for the Crime of Rape under International Criminal Law: Are contemporary modes of liability suitable?
• Traditional and Modern Approaches to Post-Conflict Transitional Justice in Africa
Fees for this course
EU: €5,250 p.a. 2018/19
Non-EU: €13,250 p.a. 2018/19
EU Part time: Year 1 [2018/19] €3,575. p.a.
"... A vibrant and engaging multi-national doctoral research community, coupled with a globally recognised faculty make the Irish Centre for Human Rights the ideal environment in which to engage in PhD research in the field of human rights and international law ."