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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.


Course Code: PhD (full-time), 1PL1; PhD (part-time), 1PL2

PhD (Human Rights), full-time
PhD (Human Rights), part-time

Further enquiries

Dr. Kathleen Cavanaugh
Director of the PhD Programme
T +353 91 493 799

Research areas

Our PhD students are undertaking work in the areas of International Criminal Law, International Human Rights Law, International Humanitarian Law and socio-legal studies. Amongst the current areas of research are:

The Transitional Nature of Universal Jurisdiction in International Law

Ahmad Owies, Wesam: The Role of Corporations in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Colonization, Nationalization, Occupation and Privatization

Perceptions of Freedom among Saudi Citizens

The Influence of the Ideological Misuses of Moral Convictions on Transitional Justice in the Middle East

Sri Lanka, the United Nations and human rights: a case study

The Human Right to Health of Undocumented Migrants: Between Universality and Sovereignty

Transnational Criminal Law: National, Regional and International Prosecutorial Strategies

Remaking Universal Human Rights Gender Equality Commitments Into Vernacular: The Case of Domestic Violence

The implications of honour for women's agency, and the paradox of operationalizing international human rights law in patriarchal societies: the case of Kurdish Women

The Impact of Women on the Protection of Human Rights in Peacekeeping.

Prosecuting High Level Offenders for the Crime of Rape under International Criminal Law: are contemporary modes of liability suitable?

Traditional and Modern Approaches to Post-Conflict Transitional Justice in Africa

Research Areas

Staff supervise PhD research in many areas of Public International Law and in the field of Socio-Legal studies, on varies themes including: Conflict and Post-Conflict; International Humanitarian Law; Islamic Law; International Criminal Law; Counter-terrorism; Transitional Justice; Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; International Peace Support; International Criminal Justice; and Transitional Justice.

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