Law - International Human Rights Law

Internationally recognised postgraduate diploma allowing specialisation in International Human Rights Law.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Arts in International Human Rights Law is available on both a full and part-time basis over a 1 or 2 year period. Lectures are held in the evening time to allow those who are working or have other day time commitments during the day to pursue the programme.

Please note: The Postgraduate Diploma in Arts in International Human Rights Law is a cognitive masters. In order to be eligible for the course you will need to possess the following:

2.2 degree in Law or a related discipline (that has a 50% legal component to the degree) or foreign equivalent ?

Relative work experience may also be taken into consideration.

Why Study International Human Rights Law at Griffith?
The Postgraduate Diploma in Arts in International Human Rights Law offers students the opportunity to specialise in International Human Rights Law, to facilitate enhanced career opportunities and/ or to lay the foundations for PhD study.

- Graduates of this programme will receive an internationally recognised Postgraduate Diploma in law.

- Students will gain a firm understanding of the key principles of International Human Rights Law, for example, International Humanitarian Law, International Children's Rights Law and International Asylum and Immigration Law.

- Students will acquire highly transferable skills attractive to a wide range of sectors outside law including in the civil or foreign service, or in the NGO sector.

- A strong international focus gives students a key advantage when building a career in today's globalised legal landscape

- All of our lecturers are experienced academics who are specialists in their field.

Course Highlights
- Unique Human Rights international law focus
- Experienced lecturers - experts in their field
- Small class sizes - more individual attention to help you reach your personal potential
- Evening time lectures - it is possible to obtain an LL.M. with work or other day time commitments

Course Details
The Postgraduate Diploma is one year in duration or can be split over two years. The student will complete six subjects. In the first semester, the student will complete three mandatory subjects and in the second semester, they will choose three electives. (Electives run subject to demand and at the discretion of the faculty.)

Assessment in the taught modules in semesters 1 and 2 is by way of assignments and examinations. Upon meeting with the faculty a two-year option may be arranged where necessary.

Subjects taught

Semester One:
Public International Law
Advanced Legal Research and Writing
International and European Human Rights Law

Semester Two - Electives:
International Humanitarian Law
Social and Economic Rights
International Asylum and Immigration Law
International Criminal Law
Gender, Sexuality and Human Rights
International Privacy and Data Protection Law
Transitional Justice and Human Rights

Entry requirements

2.2 degree in Law or a related discipline (that has a 50% legal component to the degree) or foreign equivalent or relevant work experience.

In response to the worldwide closure of English Language Test Centres arising from the Covid-19 pandemic, Griffith College is now accepting the online Duolingo English Test (DET) as valid proof of English proficiency. This is a temporary measure for our intakes up to and including February 2022.

Application dates

How to Apply
All applicants must apply online here uploading a copy of the following:

- Photo I.D. (driving licence or passport)
- Degree transcripts from previous studies
- Module descriptors from previous studies where the degree is not of a cognate discipline


1 or 2 years full-time.

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Academic Progression
Students who successfully complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Arts in International Human Rights Law can progress onto the LL.M. programme through the completion of a 20,000 word dissertation in a relevant area.

Career Progression
Students who wish to specialise in an area of law within a legal firm or practice at the Bar often choose the postgraduate diploma to give themselves sufficient knowledge in that area. Increasingly, companies are dealing with the international markets and for this reason, the Postgraduate Diploma in International Commercial Law is very popular amongst lawyers in this area.

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  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Daytime

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