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Human Rights - Research

Course overview
The Irish Centre for Human Rights is at the forefront of doctoral research on international human rights law in Europe. The doctoral programme is unique not only because of the exceptional standard of research and level of publication but also because of the environment in which doctoral students work. A thriving research community exists at the Centre with in excess of 40 doctoral candidates enrolled on the programme each year. Students from a range of academic backgrounds are engaged in research on a broad spectrum of issues related to international human rights law, international criminal law, international humanitarian law and international relations.

Entry requirements

To be eligible to enrol for the PhD, a candidate must have obtained a high honours standard at primary degree level, normally Second Class Honours, Grade 1 or equivalent international qualification.

GYK04 - Applicants are required to submit an outline proposal, 750–1,000 words in length, explaining their intended research area and methodology. A preliminary bibliography related to the proposed research is required in addition to the outline proposal. Also, please include two (2) references to support your application.


PhD (full-time), GYK04
PhD (part-time), GYK05

Further enquiries

Dr. Shane Darcy
Director of the PhD Programme
Tel: +353 91 493 947

Research areas

Areas of interest
• Conflict and Post-Conflict
• International Humanitarian Law
• International Criminal Law
• Counter-terrorism
• Transitional Justice
• Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
• International Peace Support
• International Criminal Justice
• Transitional Justice

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