LLM Programmes

LLM Programmes

Why Study at the ICHR?

The ICHR has the largest cadre of postgraduate human rights students of any single university in the world. Since 2000, there have been over 500 graduates from the LLM programmes, drawn from all over the world. The diversity of the group in terms of culture, nationality, age and experience contributes greatly to the dynamism of the programmes and the life of the Centre. We offer opportunities to undertake a postgraduate degree on a fulltime or part-time basis and our programmes are open to both law graduates and students with undergraduate degrees in disciplines other than law.

Students are taught by expert academics and practitioners, including both members of the Centre’s staff and invited experts, working in the fields of human rights, international humanitarian law and international criminal law. The Centre offers a wide variety of modules from which students can choose. Our modules combine both theoretical and practical discussions, allowing students to gain a holistic and comprehensive view of important issues.

Students can take advantage of various opportunities to engage in extra-curricular activities at the Centre such as field trips, summer schools and advocacy competitions and to participate in our programme of conferences and other events which attract high level human rights policy makers from across the globe.

LLM students visiting the Dún Uí Mhaoilíosa army barracks.

LLM students atthe  International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.


Masters programmes

NUIG offers LLM programmes in the following areas:
LLM in International Criminal Law
LLM in International Human Rights Law
LLM in Peace Operations, Humanitarian Law and Conflict
LLM in Human Rights Law (Cross Border)
LLM in Human Rights and Criminal Justice (Cross Border)
LLM by Research

For more information on these LLMs, please see the tabs to the right.

LLM students representing the Centre at the inaugural 'Corn Adomnáin', an international humanitarian law competition organised by the Irish Red Cross. The Centre's teams placed first and second.


Internship programme

The Irish Centre for Human Rights provides an internship programme as part of the core activities of the Centre and provides students with support in undertaking internship positions with various non-governmental organisations, judicial bodies and human rights institutions around the world. Internships allow students to put into practice some of the foundational work provided by the LLM programme, as well as to provide much needed assistance to both local and international groups working on pressing human rights issues. The results of research undertaken by the student may be produced in both report form for the NGO and, as well, may serve as the basis for the student’s own publication. In some cases, it could also serve as their proposal for further postgraduate study.

Since the programme began, the Ccentre has placed well over 100 students in the field in assignments which range from working with Ad Hoc Tribunals, UN agencies, local based NGOs, INGOs (including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch), the ICC, ICRC, public interest litigation firms, several National Human Rights Commissions (NI, South Africa, Cambodia, Mexico, Brazil, to name but a few). The internships have been undertaken on every continent and in over 20 different countries. A number of students have gone on to obtain job placements in these organisations or have been able to find jobs in the field as a result of their internships. Still others have used this time to build their research portfolio before returning to undertake further study (PhD) or return to full time employment.


Career options

The postgraduate programmes at the ICHR prepare students for work in the fields of international human rights law, international humanitarian law, criminal law, and peace operations.  They have found employment with international organisations, governments, judicial bodies, national human rights institutions, non-governmental organisations and as individual advocates. Career opportunities are enhanced through the ICHR’s internship programme which provides support, and financial aid if possible, to students wishing to undertake internships.


Frequently Asked Questions

Before contacting us with your queries in relation to any of the above programmes, please consult the list of Frequently Asked Questions.


Funding

Some funding is available towards masters programmes. For information on funding opportunities, please visit here


What our students think


 

Taught LLMs at the Irish Centre for Human Rights

 

 LLM in International Human Rights Law

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The  LL.M. in International Human Rights Law is an international human rights law degree and aims to build specific and general skills with respect to the modern regime of human rights protection, and knowledge of the philosophies and theories that underpin it. The course provides students with the requisites enabling them to contribute to the advancement of human rights globally, both in their individual capacities and in association with institutions that have such a focus.

The course work begins with a general introduction to the systems and documents of international human rights law, and proceeds to a series of specialised courses in such areas as minority rights law, regional human rights systems such as the European Convention on Human Rights, criminal prosecution by international tribunals of human rights violations, gender & child rights, refugees and asylum seekers and international humanitarian law.
The courses offered cover a wide range of issues allowing students to acquire knowledge of both economic social and cultural rights as well as civil and political rights. Students have opportunities to specialise in either area.‌

Further information on the LLM in International Human Rights Law


LLM in International Criminal Law

The LLM in International Criminal Law equips students with an in-depth knowledge of the principles of international criminal law and its component crimes and procedural issues. It allows them to develop a critical approach to the relationship between other accountability mechanisms, such as truth commissions. Students undertake a core module in international criminal law in Term 1 and can then choose from a variety of optional modules, including international criminal procedure, transitional justice, and counter-terrorism and human rights.

Further information on the LLM in International Criminal Law


LL.M. in Peace Operations, Humanitarian Law and Conflict

 

The LLM in Peace Operations, Humanitarian Law and Conflict focuses on UN peacekeeping and peace operations and aims to provide insights into the peace operations and conflict resolution frameworks. The course begins with a general introduction to international peacekeeping and peace support operations and international humanitarian law and students can complement these modules with optional modules such as conflict and post-conflict studies, human rights field work, and refugee law. 

Further information on the LLM in Peace Operations, Humanitarian Law and Conflict


LLM Programme Facts


Course Level: 
Level 9

Duration:  
1 year fulltime; 2 years part-time

Entry Requirements: 
It is preferred that applicants hold a degree in Law (Honours 2.1 or higher). However, the Centre also welcomes students with undergraduate degrees in disciplines other than law.

Fees:  
Current fees are €6,015 (fulltime, EU); €13,250 (fulltime, non-EU) and €3,120 (part-time, EU)

Apply: Application details take place through the Postgraduate Applications Centre

Closing date:   Further details on closing dates can be found here

Mode of study: The programmes are divided into three terms (September to December, January to April and May to August). Students undertake modules, seminars and associated coursework during the first and second terms and complete a dissertation in Term 3.
A full list of taught LLM modules is available here


LLM in Human Rights Law (Cross-border) and LLM in Human Rights and Criminal Justice (Cross Border)

The Irish Centre for Human Rights and the School of Law, Queen's University Belfast offer two exciting cross-border programmes, the first such law programmes on the island of Ireland. Students benefit from the expertise in human rights offered at both institutions and can appreciate how the human rights systems work in two jurisdictions.

Further information is also available here


Cross Border LLM Programme Facts: 
Course Level: 
Level 9

Duration:  
1 year fulltime; 2 years part-time

Entry Requirements: 
For the LLM in Human Rights Law applicants must normally have a good second class law degree. For the LLM in Human Rights and Criminal Justice applicants must normally have a good second class degree in a relevant social science (e.g. law, sociology, psychology, etc.).

Fees:  
For fee enquiries, please email QUB

Apply: Application details take place through QUB

Closing date:   For closing dates, please email QUB

Mode of study: Students will be required to spend Term 1 (Oct-Dec) in Belfast and Term 2 (Jan-April) in Galway. In the third and final term (May-August), the student can opt to complete his/her dissertation in either location.
A full list of taught LLM modules for the second term is available here

LLM by research

The ICHR also offers an LLM by research programme. Students can undertake an LLM degree by research in the staff research interest areas detailed below on either a fulltime or part-time basis. For enquiries, please email the Irish Centre for Human Rights

Further information is also available here


Applying

LLM Program Facts: 
Course Level: 
Level 9

Duration:  
2 year fulltime; 3 years part-time

Entry Requirements: 
It is preferred that applicants hold a degree in Law (Honours 2.1 or higher). However, the Centre also welcomes students with undergraduate degrees in disciplines other than law.

Fees:  
Current fees are €4,275 (fulltime, EU); €13,250 (fulltime, non-EU) and €3,120 (part-time, EU)

Apply: Application details take place through the Postgraduate Applications Centre

Closing date:   Applications are taken on a rolling basis

Applicants should prepare a proposal describing in some detail the area of their research as well as a brief literature survey on the area pertinent to their dissertation. This material should then be sent directly to the applicant’s potential supervisor selected from within the Centre’s teaching faculty. Once the proposal has been provisionally approved by a potential supervisor, a formal application should be made to enter the doctoral programme through the Postgraduate Admissions Office. Please note that formal applications should not be sent directly to the Irish Centre for Human Rights.

 


Research Areas

• Conflict and Post-Conflict

• International Humanitarian Law

• International Criminal Law

• Counter-terrorism

• Transitional Justice

• Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

• International Peace Support

• International Criminal Justice

• Transitional Justice


For enquiries, please email the Irish Centre for Human Rights