Postgraduate
LLM International Human Rights

NUI Galway

Course Overview


The LLM in International Human Rights Law provides students with a comprehensive insight into international and regional legal frameworks of human rights protection. This is an interdisciplinary programme where students are engaged students in the practice and public policy context of human rights law on a local, national and international perspective.

This LLM will be of interest to students and practitioners from a range of different fields such as law, social policy, political science, public administration and development. While the programme’s emphasis is on the law and policy of human rights, suitably qualified candidates from non-law backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Students participate in a dynamic programme of seminars, workshops and conferences with world-leading practitioners and scholars. While the programme’s emphasis is on the law and policy of human rights, suitably qualified candidates from non-law backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Coursework begins with an in-depth study of the international human rights system and selected issues of international human rights law. Specialized courses in business and human rights, international migration law, refugee protection, international humanitarian law, international criminal law, minority rights and rights of indigenous peoples, gender and human rights, counter-terrorism and human rights, and child rights. Completing a 15,000 words research thesis in the field of international human rights law is also a requirement. A wide range of subject choices is available to students, drawing on the expertise of our full time staff and prestigious adjunct faculty.

What you need to know

Where is the course located?

Galway

What is the length of the course?

12 Months (1 Year) Full-time


When can I apply?

You can apply today

When does the course start?

September

Placement options


Application Closing Date

Open for an application

Number of Places

25

Fees and Funding

Non-EU Tuition Fees

€ 16,500

Living Costs per year

€ 10,000

Application Fee

€ 60

Features and Benefits


  • The programme equips students to pursue careers with international organisations, United Nations (UN) bodies, international NGOs, in international or national legal practice, and policy, advocacy or research work.
  • Students who have undertaken and successfully completed the programme tend to fall into one of four categories: Those who work within UN or UN affiliated organisations, Those who work in NGOs and quasi NGOs--both human rights and development.
  • Students may also decide to work in government, diplomacy or international affairs. The programme will also provide a foundation for further studies through the structured PhD in human rights offered by the Irish Centre for Human Rights.
  • Underneath these umbrella categories, students have pursued work in the ICC, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, ICRC, the UN system (Geneva and NYC), local based NGOs, trade and health organisations.

Entry requirements

How to Apply

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As part of your application, you will be required to submit:

  • Your academic history and transcripts (Actual and/or Predicted Grades)
  • Proof of English proficiency (typically IELTS or TOEFL scores)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • A copy of your passport
  • Personal Statement
  • CV/Resume
  • Extra requests for certain courses

Minimum entry requirements

• It is preferred that applicants hold a Level 8 degree in law. However, the Center for Human Rights also welcomes students with undergraduate degrees in disciplines other than law.
• In cases where applicants come from a non-law background, the Center for Human Rights will consider academic background, relevant work experience, references and a personal statement.
• Applicants must normally have attained at primary degree level a result of Second Class Honors Grade 1 (2.1) or equivalent. However, those falling short of this standard may be considered where they can demonstrate other appropriate academic accomplishments as well as relevant work experience.
• International students should refer to the country specific information section of the International Office website.

English Requirements

Arts/Business/Law (No less than 5.5 in any Component)
IELTS: 6.5 Overall
TOEFL: 88
Pearson (PTE): 61
Duolingo English Test (DET)**: 110
• Temporary measure for 2020 only in response to COVID-19

Special Entry Requirements

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Career Prospects


The programme equips students to pursue careers with international organisations, United Nations (UN) bodies, international NGOs, in international or national legal practice, and policy, advocacy or research work. Students may also decide to work in government, diplomacy or international affairs. The programme will also provide a foundation for further studies through the structured PhD in human rights offered by the Irish Center for Human Rights.
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 NGOs and quasi NGOs both human rights and development
3. those who work in academic institutions or pursue of PhD/JD
4. those who work in diplomatic or government based work (in human rights divisions of the Dept of Foreign Affairs, for example).
Underneath these umbrella categories, students have pursued work in the ICC, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, ICRC, the UN system (Geneva and NYC), local based NGOs, trade and health organisations, domestic law firm work that draws on international legal mechanisms, and research based work in University research centers, to name but a few. The main and sub categories are by no means exhaustive, but give a flavor of the different fields that students have pursued.

Notes


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