Course Overview

The LLM in International Criminal Law provides students with an advanced understanding of the history, structures, law and practice of the various international criminal tribunals and the International Criminal Court.

Students will gain an in-depth knowledge of international criminal law, its component crimes, substantive law and key procedures.  Students will also develop an analytical approach to the relationship between other accountability mechanisms, such as truth commissions.

The LLM in International Criminal Law is of interest to those seeking to learn about the growing field of international criminal justice, the role of the International Criminal Court in international affairs and means for holding to account perpetrators of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

Course Highlights:

  • The Irish Centre for Human Rights is one the world’s premier university-based institutions for the study and promotion of human rights.  
  • Expert Lecturers deliver programme modules.  Our academics are internationally recognised scholars with world-class expertise and impact in the field of international criminal law. Distinguished visitors to the Centre for Human Rights have included Judge Carmel Agius, Senator Robert Badinter, Judge Maureen Harding Clark, Richard Goldstone, President Philippe Kirsch, Judge Theodor Meron, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Judge Navanethem Pillay and Judge Kimberly Prost.
  • Field trip to the International Criminal Court in The Hague.  
  • A summer school on the International Criminal Court is run annually and students have the opportunity to attend.
  • Seminars and workshops are run in collaboration with leading international practitioners in criminal law and human rights.
  • Career Support is provided through professional workshops concentrating on internship opportunities, students CV and interview skills.  Careers in Law Week also provides an opportunity to meet with law professionals across a spectrum of specialisations. 
  • Assessment methods include essays, presentations and a research dissertation, while students also engage in research projects, presentations, group work and moot courts.

LLM Welcome

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System

Who Teaches this Course

In addition, every year we have a number of courses taught by adjunct and visiting lecturers.

Requirements and Assessment

Assessment for individual modules includes a combination of essays, presentations, group work and other methods. Students must also complete a research thesis/dissertation of 15,000 words.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Candidates must be approved by the School of Law. They should preferably hold a Level 8 degree in law or an interdisciplinary degree which includes a substantial law component and in which they have attained a minimum Second Class Honours, Grade 1 standard or its equivalent.

Additional Requirements

Duration

1 year, full-time
2 years, part-time

Next start date

September 2019

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

10

Closing Date

 Please view the offer rounds website.

NFQ level

Mode of study

Taught

ECTS weighting

90

Award

CAO

Course code

1ML8, full-time 1ML9, part-time

Course Outline

The LLM in International Criminal Law is typically a one-year Masters programme that involves two semesters of courses and the preparation of a dissertation, although it is also available on a part-time basis over two years. The degree of Master of Law in International Criminal Law is awarded by the Faculty of Law at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

The two-year programme comprises 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.

The Introduction to International Criminal Law and the dissertation are compulsory. International Humanitarian Law and Procedure before International Criminal Courts and Transitional Justice are also recommended for ICL students.

 Courses each year are subject to change, but may include the following:

  • African and Inter-American Regional Systems of Protecting Human Rights 
  • 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 
  • Genocide 
  • How to Argue with an Economist 
  • International Criminal Law 
  • International Criminal Procedure 
  • International Humanitarian Law (Term I) 
  • International Humanitarian Law (Term II) 
  • International Refugee Law 
  • Introduction to Human Rights Law 
  • Minority Rights 
  • Peace Support Operations 
  • Public International Law 
  • Procedure before International Criminal Courts 
  • Right to Development 
  • Transitional Justice
  • Women's Rights

Module details for the Full Time Course

Module details for the Part Time Course

Curriculum Information

Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Glossary of Terms

Credits
You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
Module
An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics. Each module has a unique module code eg. MA140.
Optional
A module you may choose to study.
Required
A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
Semester
Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year.

Year 1 (90 Credits)

Required LW484: Law, Regulation & Policy


12 months long | Credits: 10

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module LW484: "Law, Regulation & Policy" and is valid from 2017 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required LW450: Dissertation


Semester 2 | Credits: 30

Assessments
  • Research (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module LW450: "Dissertation" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required LW483: Advanced Legal Research & Method


Trimester 3 | Credits: 10

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module LW483: "Advanced Legal Research & Method" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional LW491: Equality Law: Principles & Thematic Application


Semester 2 | Credits: 10

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module LW491: "Equality Law: Principles & Thematic Application" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional LW493: The Criminal Jury


Trimester 3 | Credits: 10

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module LW493: "The Criminal Jury" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional LW561: Mental Health Law and Policy


12 months long | Credits: 10

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module LW561: "Mental Health Law and Policy" and is valid from 2017 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional LW553: Inclusive Education Law and Policy


12 months long | Credits: 10

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module LW553: "Inclusive Education Law and Policy" and is valid from 2017 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional LW551: Contemporary Challenges in Disability Law and Policy


12 months long | Credits: 10

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module LW551: "Contemporary Challenges in Disability Law and Policy" and is valid from 2017 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional LW509: Universal Environments


12 months long | Credits: 10

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module LW509: "Universal Environments" and is valid from 2017 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional LW562: Regional Disability Law and Policy


12 months long | Credits: 10

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module LW562: "Regional Disability Law and Policy" and is valid from 2017 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional LW558: Legal Capacity Law and Policy


12 months long | Credits: 10

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module LW558: "Legal Capacity Law and Policy" and is valid from 2017 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional LW556: Law and Policy on Independent Living


12 months long | Credits: 10

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module LW556: "Law and Policy on Independent Living" and is valid from 2017 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional LW550: Advocacy and Access to Justice


12 months long | Credits: 10

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module LW550: "Advocacy and Access to Justice" and is valid from 2017 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional LW575: Crime and Disorder


12 months long | Credits: 10

The aim of this module is to examine trends in crime and disorder and to analyse these in the context of broader societal values. The experience of other jurisdictions will be used as a means by which developments in Ireland can be placed under scrutiny. This module provides an example of how small- scale penal systems, such as Ireland, can be resistant to broader trends and highlights the value of directing the criminological gaze upon countries where it seldom falls.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. On completion of this module, students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of issues of crime and disorder in modern societies. In particular, students will have attained a detailed awareness of the trends of punitivism, risk and governance and be in a position to analyse the manifestation of these in Ireland, while accounting for local factors and contingencies influencing criminal justice. Students will be able to analyse material from a broad range of disciplines, including law, psychology, sociology and criminology, in order to assess trends and trajectories in crime.
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Reading List
  1. "The Culture of Control: Crime and Social Order in Contemporary Society" by D Garland
  2. "Crime, Punishment and the Search for Order in Ireland" by Kilcommins, S., O’Donnell, I., O’Sullivan, E. and Vaughan, B
  3. "Governing Through Crime: How the War on Crime Transformed American Democracy and Created a Culture of Fear. New York" by J Simon
The above information outlines module LW575: "Crime and Disorder" and is valid from 2017 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional LW5115: Medical Device Law and Regulation


12 months long | Credits: 10

The objective of this module is to consider in detail the regulatory framework as it applies to the medical device industry. It will (i) Examine the rationales for regulation in the sector; (ii) Analyse the relevant regulatory framework as it affects manufacturers and lawyers from both a critical and practical perspective; (iii) Discuss the legal issues arising in the course of medical device product development from research and development through to eventual sale and distribution. The module will provide students with an in-depth understanding of the law and codes of practice relevant to the sector together with an appreciation for the practical issues that are a source of challenge for lawyers and regulators. The course will also consider potential future developments in this area including the proposed updates to EU medical device regulations.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Summarise the key rationales that are put forward to justify regulation of the medical device industry and discuss these in a broader social context
  2. Explain the main features of the legal framework governing the medical device industry including legislation on the development and production of medical devices
  3. Critically discuss how the industry has responded to this regulation and outline how such regulation may develop in the future
  4. Apply the relevant rules and regulations to proposed devices, including justifying the classification of a device as medical or not
  5. Explain, apply, and critically discuss the key legal instruments utilised to bring research and development to the market-place through licensing, product development and commercialisation
  6. Summarise the key legal concepts and issues which arise in the legal agreements used for licensing, commercialisation, sale and distribution of medical devices.; and
  7. Explain the key ethical considerations, business compliance and anti-corruption provisions as they pertain to the sale of medical devices
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
Reading List
  1. "Tobin and Walsh, Medical Products Regulatory Affairs, Wiley, Blackwell 2008" by n/a
  2. "Baldwin, Cave and Lodge, Understanding Regulation, Theory Strategy and Practice Oxford 2012" by n/a
  3. "Brownswood and Goodwin, Law and Technologies of the Twenty-First Century, Cambridge 2012" by n/a
  4. "Yock, Zenios , Makower and Others, Biodesign: The Process of Innovation Medical Technologies, Cambridge Cambridge 2015 (second edition);" by n/a
  5. "Medical Devices Law and Regulation Answerbook 2015, Onel and Others" by n/a
  6. "Medical Device Regulatory Practices – An International Perspective, Val Theisz" by n/a
The above information outlines module LW5115: "Medical Device Law and Regulation" and is valid from 2019 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional LW496: Local Government Law


Trimester 3 | Credits: 10

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module LW496: "Local Government Law" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional LW488: Processes of Law Reform


Trimester 3 | Credits: 10

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module LW488: "Processes of Law Reform" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional LW486: Theories of Judical Activism


Trimester 3 | Credits: 10

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module LW486: "Theories of Judical Activism" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional LW485: Sentencing & Penal Policy


Trimester 3 | Credits: 10

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module LW485: "Sentencing & Penal Policy" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional LW439: Advocacy, Activism and Public Interest Law


Semester 2 | Credits: 10

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module LW439: "Advocacy, Activism and Public Interest Law" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Students who have undertaken and successfully completed the programme tend to follow careers international criminal tribunals, United Nations (UN) or with UN-affiliated organisations, with NGO and quasi-NGOs, in the areas of international justice and human rights. 

Graduates have also progressed to diplomatic or government-based work for example in the human rights division of the Department of Foreign Affairs.  The programme also provides a foundation for further studies through the structured PhD in human rights offered by the Irish Centre for Human Rights.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

 

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€7,000 p.a. 2019/20

Fees: Tuition

€6,776 p.a. 2019/20

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2019/20

Fees: Non EU

€15,500 p.a. 2019/20
Postgraduate students in receipt of a SUSI grant—please note an F4 grant is where SUSI will pay €2,000 towards your tuition.  You will be liable for the remainder of the total fee.  An F5 grant is where SUSI will pay TUITION up to a maximum of €6,270.  SUSI will not cover the student levy of €224.

Find out More

Dr Shane Darcy (Programme Director)
T: +353 91 493947
E: shane.darcy@nuigalway.ie

What Our Students Say

Sharon

Sharon Walker |   LLM International Criminal Law Graduate

I chose NUI Galway because of its academic profile, the facilities and the location (Galway is a vibrant, beautiful city). Also, the Irish Centre for Human Rights is internationally acclaimed for its work and staff and attracts some very high profile guest lecturers and speakers. The Centre provides a small community of dedicated researchers who are extremely approachable, helpful and welcoming. The LLM is challenging and interesting—the lecturers are encouraging and motivating, and the degree of autonomy allows you to pursue topics of individual interest and develop new ideas and theories with excellent academic support. The classes were very small and the “round-table” discussion format allowed everyone to be included. No opinions were disregarded and staff in my classes knew every student by name. The lecturers were almost always available for an informal chat. I love NUI Galway—small enough to be friendly and large enough to receive critical acclaim on the international stage.

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