Law - International Criminal Law

Your Course
This programme is offered at the Irish Centre for Human Rights within the School of Law. This centre is one of the world's premier university-based institutions for the study and promotion of human rights and humanitarian law. The LLM in International Criminal Law (ICL) will provide you with an understanding of the history and institutional structures of international criminal tribunals and the International Criminal Court (ICC). It will equip you with knowledge of international criminal law, the principles, the component crimes and the procedural issues, and enable you to develop a critical approach to the relationship between other accountability mechanisms, such as truth commissions.

The module Introduction to International Criminal Law and the dissertation are compulsory. The modules International Humanitarian Law and Procedure before International Criminal Courts and Transitional Justice are also recommended for ICL students. A wide range of subject choices is available to students, drawing on the expertise of our full time staff and prestigious adjunct faculty.

List of modules available at: llmprogrammes/modules.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
Candidates must be approved by the School of Law. They should preferably hold a Level 8 degree in law or an interdisciplinary degree which includes a substantial law component and in which they have attained a minimum Second Class Honours, Grade 1 standard or its equivalent.

Application dates

NUI Galway does not set a deadline for receipt of applications (with some exceptions). Offers will be issued on a continuous basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.


1ML10: 1 year full-time, 1ML11: 2 years part-time.

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Career Opportunities
Students who have undertaken and successfully completed the programme tend to fall into one of four categories: (1) those who work within the United Nations (UN) or with UN-affiliated organisations; (2) those who work in NGO and quasi-NGOs, both human rights and development; (3) those who work in academic institutions or pursue a PhD/JD; and (4) those who work in diplomatic or government-based work (in the human rights division of the Department of Foreign Affairs, for example). Within these umbrella categories, students have pursued work in the ICC, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, ICRC, the UN system (Geneva and New York), locally based NGOs, and trade and health organisations, as well as domestic law firm work that draws on international legal mechanisms and research based work in university research centres, to name but a few.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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