Law - International Human Rights

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This programme is offered at the Irish Centre for Human Rights within the School of Law. The centre is one of the world's premier university-based institutions for the study and promotion of human rights and humanitarian law. The programme offers students a wide range of specialised courses, taught by leading experts in the field, and prepares students for work in the international human rights field, in policy, law, advocacy or human rights practice. The programme has a strong human rights clinical focus, providing students with core human rights lawyering skills in advocacy, international diplomacy and public policy.

Students participate in a dynamic programme of seminars, workshops and conferences with world-leading practitioners and scholars. While the programme's emphasis is on the law and policy of human rights, suitably qualified candidates from non-law backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Coursework begins with an in-depth study of the international human rights system and selected issues of international human rights law. Specialised courses in business and human rights, international migration law, refugee protection, international humanitarian law, international criminal law, minority rights and rights of indigenous peoples, gender and human rights, counter-terrorism and human rights, and child rights. Completing a 15,000-word research thesis in the field of international human rights law is also a requirement. 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.


1. The programme has a strong clinical focus on core human rights practice and lawyering skills and offers a unique range of specialised courses on the most pressing issues of human rights today.

2. Students benefit from a dynamic programme of conferences, workshops, and summer schools with leading international experts.

3. Graduates will join a global network of Irish Centre for Human Rights alumni, who work with leading UN bodies, and international organisations and in key government and practitioner roles.

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Minimum Entry Requirements
It is preferred that applicants hold a degree in law. However, the Centre for Human Rights also welcomes students with undergraduate degrees in disciplines other than law. In cases where applicants come from a non-law background, the Centre for Human Rights will consider academic background, relevant work experience, references and a personal statement. Applicants must normally have attained at primary degree level a result of Second Class Honours Grade 1 or equivalent. However, those falling short of this standard may be considered where they can demonstrate other appropriate academic accomplishments as well as relevant work experience.


1 year, full-time; 2 years, part-time.

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Career Opportunities
The programme equips students to pursue careers with international organisations, United Nations (UN) bodies, international NGOs, in international or national legal practice, and policy, advocacy or research work. Students may also decide to work in government, diplomacy or international affairs. The programme will also provide a foundation for further studies through the structured PhD in human rights.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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