Human Rights (PhD, full-time and part-time)

College of Business, Public Policy, & Law,
School of Law

Course overview

The Irish Centre for Human Rights is at the forefront of doctoral research on international human rights law in Europe. The doctoral programme is unique not only because of the exceptional standard of research and level of publication but also because of the environment in which doctoral students work. A thriving research community exists at the Centre with in excess of 40 doctoral candidates enrolled on the programme each year. Students from a range of academic backgrounds are engaged in research on a broad spectrum of issues related to international human rights law, international criminal law, international humanitarian law and international relations.

Programmes available

PhD (Human Rights), full-time
PhD (Human Rights), part-time

Areas of interest

Staff supervise PhD research in many areas of Public International Law and in the field of Socio-Legal studies, on varies themes including:  Conflict and Post-Conflict; International Humanitarian Law; Islamic Law; International Criminal Law; Counter-terrorism; Transitional Justice; Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; International Peace Support; International Criminal Justice; and Transitional Justice.

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PAC code

PhD (full-time), GYK04
PhD (part-time), GYK05

Current project

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.


Current Students


Joeseph Powderly

"... 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 ."