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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 the international criminal tribunals and the International Criminal Court (ICC). It will equip you with knowledge of international criminal law's principles and its component crimes and procedural issues, allowing 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. International Humanitarian Law and Procedure before International Criminal Courts and Transitional Justice are also recommended for ICL students.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
Candidates must be approved by the School of Law. They should preferably hold a law degree 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.


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

Careers or further progression

Career opportunities
Students who have undertaken and successfully completed the programme tend to fall into one of four categories:
(1) those who work within UN or 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;

(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 NYC), locally-based NGOs, trade and health organisations, domestic law firm work that draws on international legal mechanisms, and research-based work in university research centres, to name but a few.

Further enquiries

Dr Kathleen Cavanaugh
T: +353 91 493 799


1. Access to expertise: students are introduced to experts working in the area of international criminal law through seminars, guest lectures, the summer school on the ICC and the annual study trip to The Hague.

2. Distinguished visitors to the Centre for Human Rights have included Judge Carmel Agius, Senator Robert Badinter, Judge Maureen Harding Clark, Richard Goldstone, President Philippe Kirsch, Judge Theodor Meron, Judge Navanethem Pillay and Judge Kimberly Prost.

3. Excellent career opportunities.

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