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International Human Rights Law & Public Policy

This LLM engages students in the practice and policy context of human rights law internationally.

The course offers students a wide range of human rights law courses taught by leading experts in their field. It includes interdisciplinary teaching and a unique International Human Rights clinical module which focuses on essential human rights lawyering skills, including oral and written advocacy (legal and policy), strategic litigation, fact-finding and development.

The course will be of interest to students and practitioners from a range of different fields including:

law

social policy

political science

public administration

development

history

international relations social sciences

Applicants for the LLM (International Human Rights Law and Public Policy) degree also have the option of registering for a Postgraduate Diploma in International Law and Human Rights. Students take 60 credits of taught masters’ modules from those on offer for the LLM (International Human Rights Law and Public Policy). The Postgraduate Diploma can be completed over 9 months full-time or 18 months part-time. Those who wish to apply for the Diploma should contact v.calnan@ucc.ie or anna.osullivan@ucc.ie for application details.

This shorter programme may be attractive to legal professionals and others who may prefer not to make an initial commitment to a full master’s programme. Graduates of the Postgraduate Diploma may further progress their studies by completing a 15,000 word research dissertation and graduating with a Masters in Law (LLM).

Entry requirements

For entry to this course you must be approved by the Faculty of Law and must normally:

• hold a law degree with at least Second Class Honours Grade 1
• or have such other relevant third-level educational qualifications and/or professional experience as, in the opinion of the School of Law, qualifies you to undertake the LLM (International Human Rights Law and Public Policy) Degree.
• If you are an overseas candidate you are welcome to apply and your qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis as above.

Non-EU applicants should contact the International Education Office by email at : Internationalpostgrad@ucc.ie for application details.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please see course webpage (link below) to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.

Duration

1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 2 years

Careers or further progression

Graduates of this course have pursued careers with international organisations, in legal practice, in policy bodies and in aid and development. Testimonials from UCC law students/graduates

http://www.ucc.ie/en/lawsite/careers/GraduateProfiles/HumanRightsCareers/

Placement and Study Abroad Information.
You will be supported in applying for and securing internships and placements internationally and nationally in the field of human rights. The Law Faculty has an active summer placement course and excellent links with international organizations, public bodies and NGOs.

Further enquiries

Veronica Calnan,
Faculty of Law,
University College,
Cork.
Tel: 021 490 3995
Email: v.calnan@ucc.ie
Web: http://www.ucc.ie/en/law-postgrad/

Anna O’Sullivan
Administrator
Email: anna.osullivan@ucc.ie
Tel: +353 (0)21 420 5170

Programme Coordinator
Professor Siobhán Mullally
Email: s.mullally@ucc.ie
Tel: 353 (0)21 490 2699
Address: Law Faculty, Aras na Laoi, UCC

Subjects taught

Students complete 90 credits over 12 months full-time or 24 months part-time. Students take 55 credits of compulsory modules and choose 35 credits from the list of optional modules.

Please visit the School of Law website at http://www.ucc.ie/en/law-postgrad/taughtprogrammes/ for up to date information on the programme.

Programme regulations are available in the College Calendar

Please see the Book of Modules for a more detailed description of programme modules (via course webpage link below)

Comment

Course Practicalities
LLM classes are in seminar format. This participative and interactive format of teaching is suitable for postgraduate level.

You will receive advance reading lists and/or materials for each seminar.

Seminars take place in two-hour blocks between 9am and 6pm, Monday to Friday. 10 credit modules run for 12 weeks and 5 credit modules run for 6 weeks.

Unique Aspects of the Course
This course is of relevance to legal practitioners, policy makers and civil society actors across a range of fields. You will benefit from a series of guest seminars and workshops with key actors in the human rights movement.

It will provide you with the skills and qualification necessary to pursue an international career with international organisations, governments, UN bodies, European Human Rights bodies and in legal practice. The course includes a unique International Human Rights clinic core module.

Students engage in the practice and policy context of human rights law and also focus on essential human rights lawyering skills, including:

- oral and written advocacy (legal and policy) strategic litigation fact-finding and development.

Who Teaches this course?
The School of Law has many expert and committed lecturers with expertise across a wide range of areas. For a full listing of academic staff, see the School of Law Staff Directory.

Assessment method

You will be examined by continuous assessment throughout the year and your dissertation must be submitted by the end of September.

Application date

Applications for 2017-18 intake are now open.

While UCC operates a rounds system for Postgraduate Taught courses (detailed below) we would advise you to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications: Offers will be made:

For all completed applications received by January 16th 2017 Offers will be made by January 30th 2017

For all completed applications received by March 1st 2017 Offers will be made by March 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2017 Offers will be made by May 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by July 3rd 2017 Offers will be made by July 17th 2017

Late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity for places.

Non-EU Applicants:

Please visit the following page for further information for Non EU applicants http://www.ucc.ie/en/international/studyatucc/postgraduateprogrammes/tau...

Course fee

2017/2018 Irish/EU Fee €7,000 full-time. The part-time course fee is half the full-time fee in the particular year of study

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 11 September 2017

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