Law - International Justice & Law
The Postgraduate Diploma in International Justice and Law provides students with critical insights into the international legal system and how it operates to promote and secure justice. It analyses how the international legal order works and how it seeks to protect vulnerable groups, including minorities, migrants, and peoples with disabilities. The programme draws on law and other disciplines, including sociology, anthropology, and politics, to provide students with a comprehensive examination of the challenges facing international justice mechanisms today.
Work placement opportunities are available as part the programme with partner civil society organisations including the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, Transparency International, the Irish Penal Reform Trust, Trócaire and Oxfam.
Teaching is delivered by means of small class lectures, in-class simulations and workshops. Students will also benefit from guest lectures delivered by international speakers.The programme is very attractive to law graduates who wish to specialise in the fields of international law and human rights, and to non-law graduates who are interested in questions of social justice and in acquiring legal tools and skills for future career options.
Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. Applicants must have obtained an honours degree (minimum 2nd class honour) in law or a cognate discipline, such as international relations, social studies, sociology, political science, etc). The Department will assess applications where the applicants do not reach this minimum level of qualifications in line with the University's policy on recognition of prior experiential learning. The programme will also be accessible to international students from all jurisdictions, as no prior knowledge of the common law is required.
Minimum English language requirements:
•IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score
•TOEFL (Paper based test): 585
•TOEFL (Internet based test): 95
•PTE (Pearson): 62
Maynooth University's TOEFL code is 8850
Students complete a total of 60 ECTS over the course of this programme. Students must complete 30 taught credits in each year.
Not all modules offered will run every year; offerings are dependent upon demand and other potential constraints. Students may choose any combination of modules they wish, however, they cannot take more than 30 taught credits per semester.
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
In general, there are two levels of fees payable. EU students from EU countries including Ireland pay a subsidised level of fees for both taught courses and research programmes. Tuition fees for students from outside the EU are not subsidised and are thus somewhat higher than for EU students.
Post Course Info
The programme will prepare students for policy and advocacy work in national, regional, and international organisations with a social and economic justice mandate. It will provide students considering a career in the legal profession with the tools necessary to pursue work in the field of human rights law, which could also include legal practice in European courts or international criminal tribunals. The programme is also an ideal launchpad for students interesting in a career in further research on legal, policy or philosophical questions of justice. A number of graduates from the LLM programme have proceeded to doctoral studies.