Welcome to the Irish Centre for Human Rights

The Irish Centre for Human Rights is one of the world's premier academic human rights institutions, dedicated to the study and promotion of human rights, international criminal law and humanitarian law. Since its establishment in January 2000, the Centre has developed a global reputation for excellence in the field of human rights teaching, research and advocacy.   Every year we attract high quality students to our acclaimed masters and undergraduate programmes as well as to build a thriving community of doctoral researchers. Our programme of conferences and other events attracts high level human rights policy makers from across the world.

The Centre has eight academic faculty members, comprised of two Professors and five lecturers. Fifteen additional lecturers serve in an adjunct or visiting capacity. In addition, our project staff, administrative assistants, post-doctoral and doctoral fellows all play a key role in carrying out the work of the Centre.  While the Centre is autonomous in both its physical location and day-to-day operations, its academic staff are members of the School of Law at the National University of Ireland, Galway, and the Centre benefits greatly from that relationship.

I hope that you find our website useful and informative.  Please do let us know if we can provide you with any further information.

Professor ‌Ray Murphy

Interim Director, The Irish Centre for Human Rights