Law - Human Rights in Criminal Justice

This programme is designed to emphasise the inter-relationship between what have traditionally been taught as the two distinct disciplines of human rights and criminal justice. Students will be provided with a comprehensive knowledge of this ever developing field of law and encouraged to assess the merit of mainstreaming human rights within the criminal justice system. Covering key areas such as policing and human rights and law of the European Convention on Human Rights, the programme aims to foster general and specific skills with respect to the modern criminal justice system both in Ireland and internationally.

Entry requirements

Applicants must normally have a second class honours degree, grade 2 (2.2) in law or in a relevant social science (Primary degree: Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland). Applicants with a primary degree in law should apply for the LLM whereas all non-law applicants should apply for the MA. The course structure, elective modules and assessment instruments are the same for LLM and MA students."Applicants with a primary degree in law will be awarded an LL.M., whereas all other applicants will be awarded an M.A.
In exceptional circumstances an applicant who cannot satisfy the undergraduate requirement may be accepted on the basis of relevant work experience in accordance with UL's Policy on Recognition of Prior Learning.

Applications from those with practical experience in either field are particularly encouraged.

Subjects taught

Autumn Semester
• Advanced Legal Research Skills

Three electives from:
• Comparative International Protection of Human Rights Law
• Criminal Justice Processes and Sentencing
• Law of the European Convention of Human Rights
• Penology and Victimology

Spring Semester
• Dissertation Methodology

Three electives from:
• International Criminal Law
• Policing and Human Rights
• Criminology
• Comparative and European Criminal Justice
• Regulatory Crime
• Using evidence to improve societal outcomes
• Hate crime
• Youth crime

Summer Semester
• Dissertation

Part-time programme structure

Year 1
Autumn Semester
• LA6001 Advanced Legal Research Skills (Core)

One elective from:
• LA5153 Comparative International Protection of Human Rights Law
• LA6111 Criminal Justice Processes and Sentencing
• LA6121 Law of the European Convention of Human Rights
• LA6052 Penology and Victimology

Spring Semester
• LA6132 International Criminal Law
• LA6142 Policing and Human Rights
• LA4052 Criminology
• LA6062 Comparative and European Criminal Justice
• LA6161 Regulatory Crime
• LA6182 Using Evidence to Improve Societal Outcomes in the Real World
• LA6192 Hate Crime
• LA6202 Youth Crime

Year 2

Autumn Semester
Two electives (not previously taken) from:

• LA5153 Comparative International Protection of Human Rights Law
• LA6111 Criminal Justice Processes and Sentencing
• LA6121 Law of the European Convention of Human Rights

Spring Semester
• LA6002 Dissertation Methodology (Core)
• One elective (not previously taken) from:
• LA6132 International Criminal Law
• LA6142 Policing and Human Rights
• LA4052 Criminology
• Comparative and European Criminal Justice
• Regulatory Crime
• Using evidence to improve societal outcomes in the real world
• Hate Crime
• Youth Crime

Summer Semester
• Dissertation

Duration

1 year full time or 2 years part time.

Enrolment dates

Start Date: 09/Sep/2019

Post Course Info

Graduate Profile
This masters programme will prepare graduates for work in the field of international human rights and criminal justice/policing, domestic and international organisations, non-governmental organisations and as individual advocates incorporating human rights and criminal justice theory into practice.

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  • Qualification letters

    LLM / MA

  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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