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Peace Operations, Humanitarian Law and Conflict
The LLM in Peace Operations, Humanitarian Law and Conflict provides students with a comprehensive insight into global frameworks of human rights protection with the addition of peacekeeping specialisation. This interdisciplinary programme focuses on UN peacekeeping and related operations to provide insights into the peace operations and conflict resolution frameworks.
This unique programme offering combines issues relating to peacekeeping, international humanitarian law, human rights and conflict resolution to prepare graduates for work in the field of international peace operations with international organisations, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and as individual advocates.
- The Irish Centre for Human Rights is one the world’s premier university-based institutions for the study and promotion of human rights.
- Defence Force Experience is recognised. Those who have participated in peacekeeping activities can obtain credit for a full semester course (15 credits) on submission of a written assignment reviewing field experience and evaluating lessons learned.
- Expert Lecturers deliver programme modules. Our academics are internationally recognised scholars with world-class expertise and reputations.
- Field trips to the military barracks of the Irish Defence Forces and the opportunity to travel to the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
- Unique qualification on conflict, peacekeeping and human rights through specialised modules such as peace support operations and international human rights.
- Seminars, conferences and workshops ensures engagement with world-leading practitioners and scholars in the field of peacekeeping and human rights law.
- Career Support with assistance in seeking career opportunities by drawing on the expertise of a global network of alumni and an outstanding network of contacts.
- Assessment is primarily through research papers, presentations and minor thesis rather than exams.
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Requirements and Assessment
- Applicants must normally have attained at primary degree level an overall final grade of Second Class Honours Grade 1 (2.1) or equivalent. Those falling short of this standard may be considered where they can demonstrate other appropriate academic accomplishments as well as relevant work experience.
- Candidates who have completed a military command and staff course, or equivalent, at an institute recognised by NUI Galway and who have relevant professional experience may also be considered.
- Candidates who have significant experience in the field of peace operations and/or international human rights, for example, with international organisations or international non-governmental organisations, are encouraged to apply under this rubric.
- International students should refer to the country specific information section of the International Office website.
1 year, full-time
2 years, part-time
Next start date
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Please view the offer rounds website.
Mode of study
The programme draws upon the resources of the LLM in International Human Rights Law, with the addition of specialised courses on peacekeeping. The course work begins with a general introduction to international peacekeeping and peace support operations, and continues with a series of specialized courses in such areas as international relations and international organizations, international humanitarian law, refugee law, conflict and post conflict studies, and international criminal law.
The programme recognizes the experience of candidates who have participated in peacekeeping activities in various parts of the world. Thus the programme provides credit for a full semester course (15 credits) in exchange for submission of a written assignment of appropriate length, reviewing field experience and lessons learned. A list of courses can be found here.
The programme may also recognize and credit a peacekeeping course of appropriate duration delivered at a Centre/Institute recognized by the NUI Galway. However, in order to allow for consistent evaluation, a written paper of appropriate length must be submitted. The maximum credits permitted in the case of any candidate in recognition of field experience or course work completed elsewhere are 15.
Alternatively, the programme is a two-year programme of part-time study, combining two semesters of course work the first year with a third semester the second year, devoted entirely to the research required for preparation of a final dissertation.
Obligatory subjects are: International Peace Support Operations, International Humanitarian Law and the dissertation.
Courses each year are subject to change, but may include the following:
- Peace Support Operations
- International Humanitarian Law
- Business and Human Rights
- Children's Rights
- Conflict and Post-Conflict
- Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights
- Economic, Social & Cultural Rights
- European Convention on Human Rights
- European Union and Human Rights
- International Criminal Law
- International Criminal Procedure
- International Refugee Law
- Introduction to Human Rights Law
- Minority Rights
- Public International Law
- Procedure before International Criminal Courts
- Right to Development
- Transitional Justice
- Women's Right
Why Choose This Course?
Graduates have gone on to work with the UN, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the EU. Others are working with NGOs in conflict and post-conflict environments, including the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Liberia, Sudan and Kosovo.
Military and police personnel from Ireland and elsewhere have completed the programme with a view to enhancing their career prospects. The programme will also provide a foundation for those who wish to pursue further studies through a structured PhD.
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Fees: Student levy
Fees: Non EU
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Prof. Ray Murphy (Programme Director)
T: +353 91 493 081
What Our Students Say
Offia Favour Ogbugo |
Studying for the Masters in Peace Operations program has been a truly rewarding experience. The teaching structure is perfect for learning as you are taught by experts in seminar style, which gives you the perfect opportunity to interact both with the lecturers and your colleagues. I can say that not only have I received the best education here, I have also been gifted with a realistic view of the Peace Operations and IHL and the skills necessary to succeed in both fields.
Anna Sparynska |
The most encouraging aspect for me was the genuine interest amongst the staff in engaging on a personal level. Whatever the class, I was encouraged to engage in original and critical thinking. Worried at first at my lack of a legal background, my choice to study Peace Operations, Humanitarian Law and Conflict Resolution provided me with a solid legal base while offering modules that were more multidisciplinary in nature. All in all, studying in a place as unique as Galway surrounded by people driven by the same passions, of all ages, from diverse backgrounds, was a once in a lifetime opportunity.