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International Criminal Law (LLM)
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.
- 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, 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.
Applications and Selections
Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System.
Who Teaches this Course
- Professor Siobhán Mullally
- Professor William A. Schabas (Part Time)
- Dr. Kathleen Cavanaugh
- Dr. Shane Darcy
- Prof. Ray Murphy
- Dr. Ekaterina Yahyaoui Krivenko
- Dr Maeve O'Rourke
- Dr Gearóid O'Cuinn
- Prof. Donnacha O'Connell
- Dr Ciara Smyth
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.
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.
1 year, full-time; 2 years, part-time
Next start date
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Mode of study
1ML10, full-time; 1ML11, part-time
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 module International Criminal Law and the dissertation are compulsory. The modules International Humanitarian Law and Procedure before International Criminal Courts and Transitional Justice are also recommended for ICL students. A wide range of subject choices is available to students, drawing on the expertise of our full-time staff and prestigious Adjunct faculty. A list of modules is available at: https://www.nuigalway.ie/irish-centre-human-rights/academics/llmprogrammes/modules/.
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
- Contemporary Issues in International Migration Law and Transnational Lawyering
- Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights
- Economic, Social & Cultural Rights
- European Convention on Human Rights
- European Union and Human Rights
- 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
Curriculum InformationCurriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.
Glossary of Terms
- 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.
- 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.
- Some courses allow you to choose subjects, where related modules are grouped together. Subjects have their own required number of credits, so you must take all that subject's required modules and may also need to obtain the remainder of the subject's total credits by choosing from its available optional modules.
- A module you may choose to study.
- A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
- Required Core Subject
- A subject you must study because it's integral to that course.
- Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year, so a three-year course will have six semesters in total. For clarity, this page will refer to the first semester of year 2 as 'Semester 3'.
Year 1 (90 Credits)Optional LW561: Mental Health Law and Policy - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW459: International Labour Standards - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW453: Regional Systems: The Council Of Europe - Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW451: Introduction To International Human Rights Law - 15 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW509: Universal Environments - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW562: Regional Disability Law and Policy - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW558: Legal Capacity Law and Policy - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW556: Law and Policy on Independent Living - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW553: Inclusive Education Law and Policy - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW551: Contemporary Challenges in Disability Law and Policy - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW550: Advocacy and Access to Justice - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW548: Human Rights, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW5105: Contemporary Issues in International Migration Law - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW5106: Economic Social and Cultural Rights - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW5107: International Child Rights - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW458.I: International Humanitarian Law And Human Rights - 15 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW547: Human Rights Field Work: Law and Practice - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW5103: Islam and Human Rights I - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW5104: Islam and Human Rights II - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW5109: European Migration Law - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW5110: International Human Rights Law Clinic - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW5111: Business and Human Rights 2 - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW5112: Human Rights and Global Governance - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW5113: The Common European Asylum System - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW5114: International Refugee Law - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW385: European Human Rights - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional LW472: International Organisations - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional LW471: International Humanitarian Law - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW470: Conflict & Post Conflict Studies - 15 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW469: International Peace Support Operations - 15 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW467: Minority Rights and Self Determination - 15 Credits - Semester 2
Optional LW466: European Convention on Human Rights - 15 Credits - Semester 2
Optional LW465: Conflict Studies - Credits - Semester 2
Optional LW464: Rights Of The Child - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional LW456: Gender And Human Rights - 15 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW417: Contemporary Issues in Human Rights II - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW416: Contemporary Issues in Human Rights I - 15 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW463: Human Rights And States Of Emergency - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional LW474: European Union & Human Rights - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional LW462: Self-Determination And Autonomy Regimes - Credits - Semester 2
Optional LW461: Disability And International Law - Credits - Semester 2
Optional LW460: Refugee Protection: Refugees And Asylum Seekers - Credits - Semester 2
Optional LW481: Economic, Social & Cultural Rights - 15 Credits - Semester 2
Optional LW5101: International Disability Human Rights Clinic - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW537: Human Rights and Development - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional LW495: Rights of the Child (A) - 15 Credits - Semester 2
Optional LW494: Refugee Protection:Refugees and Asylum Seekers (A) - 15 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW482: The African & Inter-American Regional Systems of Protecting Human Rights - 15 Credits - Semester 2
Optional LW458.II: International Humanitarian Law And Human Rights - 15 Credits - Semester 2
Optional LW455: Minority Rights - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW538: Transitional Justice - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW431: The European Convention on Human Rights 2 - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional LW432: Business & Human Rights 1 - 15 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW433: Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights 1 - 15 Credits - Semester 2
Optional LW569: The Regulation of Biotechnology - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional LW568: The Patenting of Biotechnology - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional LW565: Comparative Corporate Governance - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional LW546: Contemporary Issues in Human Rights III - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW522: Business and Human Rights - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional LW523: Contemporary Themes in International Criminal Law I - 15 Credits - Semester 2
Optional LW524: Contemporary Themes in International Criminal Law II - Credits - Semester 2
Optional LW533: The Right to Food - Credits - Semester 2
Optional LW532: Introduction to Public International Law II - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional LW531: Introduction to Public International Law I - 15 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW530: Procedure Before International Criminal Courts - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW529: Major Trials in International Criminal Law - Credits - Semester 2
Optional LW528: Institutions of International Criminal Law - Credits - Semester 2
Optional LW527: History of International Criminal Law - Credits - Semester 2
Optional LW526: Genocide - Credits - Semester 2
Optional LW534: Human Rights Education - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional LW521: Alternatives to International Criminal Prosecution - Credits - Semester 2
Optional LW525: Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required LW450: Dissertation - 30 Credits - Semester 1
Required LW520: Introduction to International Criminal Law - 15 Credits - Semester 1
Why Choose This Course?
Students who have undertaken and successfully completed the programme tend to fall into one of four categories:
- those who work within the United Nations (UN) or with UN-affiliated organisations;
- those who work in NGO and quasi-NGOs— both human rights and development;
- those who work in academic institutions or pursue a PhD/JD;
- those who work in diplomatic or government-based work (in the human rights division of the Department of Foreign Affairs, for example).
Within these umbrella categories, students have pursued work in the ICC, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, ICRC, the UN system (Geneva and New York), locally-based NGOs, trade and health organisations, as well as domestic law firm work that draws on international legal mechanisms and research-based work in university research centres, to name but a few.
Who’s Suited to This Course
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Fees: Student levy
Fees: Non EU
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.
What Our Students Say
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.