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

College of Business, Public Policy, & Law

Course overview

The Irish Centre for Human Rights in the Law School at NUI Galway and the School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast, have collaborated in establishing these two Masters programmes. The programmes, the first such in Ireland, involve students attending lectures for the first semester in Belfast and for the second semester in Galway, followed by the summer semester in either location completing a dissertation.

The Cross Border LLM programmes in Human Rights and Criminal Justice are designed to allow students to benefit from research and study in two jurisdictions. By having access to academic staff and research facilities in Belfast and Galway, students are given the possibility to develop and understand a number of perspectives of the study of human rights law.

The Irish Centre for Human Rights, based at NUI Galway, is one of the world’s premier university-based institutions for the study and promotion of human rights, humanitarian law, and international criminal 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.


Key facts

Entry requirements

Applicants must normally hold a degree in a relevant social science (e.g., law, sociology, psychology, etc.) in which they have attained Second Class Honours Grade 1 standard or equivalent. Previous experience in a relevant legal or criminal justice setting may be taken into account.

Duration: 1 year, full-time (each programme)

Next start date: September 2015

Average intake: 20 (each programme)

Closing date: Email QUB for information: pglawenquiries@qub.ac.uk

Mode of study: Taught

Course outline

The first semester in Belfast is devoted to an Introduction to Human Rights plus elective modules in Criminal Justice, Rights Equality and European human rights. The second semester in Galway provides a wide range of elective modules.

Applications and selections

Applications are made online: https://dap.qub.ac.uk/portal/user/u_login.php   

Who teaches this course?

Members of the Centre for Human Rights and Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Queens involved in teaching on the Masters' programmes are:

Dr. Tomoya Obokata: Senior Lecturer in Law
Dr Ronagh McQuigg: Lecturer in Law 
Professor Brice Dickson: Professor of Law 
Dr. Rory O’Connell: Senior Lecturer in Law 
Dr. Onder Bakircioglu: Lecturer in Law 
Dr. Jean Allain: Reader in Public International Law 
Dr. Sylvie Langlaude: Lecturer in Law 
Dr. Bal Sokhi-Bulley: Lecturer in Law 
Dr. Hakeem Yusuf: Lecturer in Law 
Dr Clare Dwyer: Lecturer in Law 
Dr Niamh Howlin: Lecturer in Law


Requirements and assessment

The individual modules are assessed by essays and in some cases class-based activities. Students have the choice of submitting their dissertation to either Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) or NUI Galway.

Find out more

Professor Brice Dickson
T: 0289 097 1364
E: b.dickson@qub.ac.uk |


PAC code

Not applicable

Fees for this course

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