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Law Human Rights in Criminal Justice

The LLM/MA in Human Rights in Criminal Justice is designed to give graduates an understanding of the interaction between human rights and criminal justice in the 21st century and knowledge of the legal actors, supervisory bodies and institutions central to the field. Students will be given an in-depth understanding of the legal regimes operating at national, regional and global levels and sources of human rights law in the field of criminal justice. In addition to an understanding of the human rights protection mechanisms in this context, students will address the question of how human rights law can be enforced. Students will also develop important transferable skills including analytical, research, communication and report writing skills.

Entry requirements

Applicants must normally have a second class honours degree, grade 2 (2.2) in law or in a relevant social science (Primary degree: Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland).Applicants with a primary degree in law will be awarded an LL.M., whereas all other applicants will be awarded an M.A.

In exceptional circumstances an applicant who cannot satisfy the undergraduate requirement may be accepted on the basis of relevant work experience in accordance with UL's Policy on Recognition of Prior Learning.

Applications from those with practical experience in either field are particularly encouraged.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:

•Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved

•Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above

•TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)

•IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5* with no less than 6 in any one component.

•English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1

•GCE 'O' level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above

•Cambridge Assessment English –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade B

•GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.

Duration

1 year full time or 2 years part time.

Careers or further progression

Graduate Profile
This masters programme will prepare graduates for work in the field of international human rights and criminal justice/policing, domestic and international organisations, non-governmental organisations and as individual advocates incorporating human rights and criminal justice theory into practice.

Further enquiries

Dr Ger Coffey
Tel: +353 (0) 61 202682
Email: ger.coffey@ul.ie

Subjects taught

Autumn Semester
• Advanced Legal Research Skills

Three electives from:
• Comparative International Protection of Human Rights Law
• Criminal Justice Processes and Sentencing
• Law of the European Convention of Human Rights
• Penology and Victimology

Spring Semester
• Dissertation Methodology

Three electives from:
• International Criminal Law
• Policing and Human Rights
• Criminology
• Comparative and European Criminal Justice
• Regulatory Crime
• Using evidence to improve societal outcomes in the real world
• Hate crime
• Youth crime

Summer Semester
• Dissertation

Part-time programme structure
Year 1
Autumn Semester
• LA6001 Advanced Legal Research Skills (Core) One elective from:
• LA5153 Comparative International Protection of Human Rights Law
• LA6111 Criminal Justice Processes and Sentencing
• LA6121 Law of the European Convention of Human Rights
• LA6052 Penology and Victimology

Spring Semester
• LA6132 International Criminal Law
• LA6142 Policing and Human Rights
• LA4052 Criminology
• LA6062 Comparative and European Criminal Justice
• LA6161 Regulatory Crime
• LA6182 Using Evidence to Improve Societal Outcomes in the Real World
• LA6192 Hate Crime
• LA6202 Youth Crime

Year 2

Autumn Semester
Two electives (not previously taken) from:

• LA5153 Comparative International Protection of Human Rights Law
• LA6111 Criminal Justice Processes and Sentencing
• LA6121 Law of the European

Spring Semester
• LA6002 Dissertation Methodology (Core)
• One elective (not previously taken) from:
• LA6132 International Criminal Law
• LA6142 Policing and Human Rights
• LA4052 Criminology

Summer Semester
• Dissertation

Application date

What to Upload with your Application

•Qualification transcripts and/or certificates (including certified English translations if applicable)

•English language qualification(s) (if English is not your first language)

•A copy of your birth certificate or passport

•A one page supporting statement, which should demonstrate: (1) our motivation, enthusiasm and a clear understanding of why you are making the application to the Human Rights in Criminal Justice master's programme, and to UL; (2) how your academic background and other relevant experiences have shaped your decision to apply and how the programme of study contributes to your career plans; (3) Evidence that you have the ability, experience, skills and motivation to successfully complete the programme of study.

•Two letters of recommendation on institutional letter-headed paper. The reference letter should comment on the applicant's academic achievements (or relevant professional achievements, if applying under UL's Policy on Recognition of Prior Learning,
for more details see:
http://ulsites.ul.ie/admissions/university-policy-recognition-prior-lear...), your suitability for postgraduate study, and any other information you consider to be relevant.

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: 09/Sep/2019

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