LL.M. in International Criminal Justice

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Course Overview

Global Focus for Legal Advancement in today's landscape

A new LL.M. in International Criminal Justice at Griffith College Faculty of Law allows students to study a global perspective on Legal Education in Ireland's number one private college. 


The LLM in International Criminal Justice is an internationally recognised postgraduate law degree. The degree is primarily of interest to those who wish to work or progress their career in International Criminal Justice.

Why Study International Criminal Justice at Griffith College?

  • Griffith College’s LLM in International Criminal Justice offers a specific international focus—a key advantage in today’s globalised legal landscape. Due to the broad range of modules offered, learners may tailor their programmes to suit their particular interests within the field of Criminal Justice.

  • The LLM in International Criminal Justice degree benefits learners with learner support and personal attention, relevant and well-designed modules taught by experienced academics and professional practitioners, and career support.

  • The small class sizes in postgraduate law programmes allow for more individual attention from lecturers. This fosters a deeper understanding of complex legal concepts and provides opportunities for personalised guidance on your academic journey.

  • The Law Faculty offers a rich variety of extracurricular activities beyond the classroom. This allows you to develop essential skills like communication, teamwork, and leadership, all of which are highly sought after by employers in the legal sector.

Course Highlights

  • To facilitate the advanced study of legal issues relating to international criminal law and criminal justice.
  • To permit graduates to develop a career in law, which specialises in international law.
  • To expedite the development of skills required for working in an international, multi-cultural environment.
  • To permit graduates to develop the necessary legal knowledge for work in a human rights organisation/NGOs.
  • To lay the foundation for further study, most pertinently, PhD, insofar as learners develop a particular interest in an area which they wish to research in even greater depth.

Intake Dates

  • Dublin - Full-Time - September 2024
  • Dublin - Full-Time - February 2025
  • Dublin - Full-Time - September 2025

Course Details

The LL.M. in International Criminal Justice is studied over one calendar year. The student will complete six subjects and a dissertation. In the first semester, the student will complete two mandatory subjects (Advanced Legal Research and Writing and Law of International Organisations). In the second semester, students will study International Criminal Law and two elective modules. (Electives run subject to demand and at the discretion of the faculty.) 

Assessment in the taught modules in semesters 1 and 2 is by way of assignments and examinations. A dissertation is completed over the summer months under the guidance of a designated supervisor.

 New modules listed below will be live from the September 2024 intake

Semester 1

New modules listed below will be live from the September 2024 intake

The aim of this module is to promote the learner's advanced legal research and writing skills. The module initially focuses on the development of online research skills and search operators. The learner develops an understanding of various research methodologies which can be employed when conducting research: doctrinal, comparative, socio-legal, etc, while also developing the skill and confidence to formulate a research proposal. Furthermore, the module fosters within learners the ability to communicate complex legal issues in a clear and logical manner and to write excellent legal prose with style, precision and accuracy. Learners also master a legal house style; the Oxford University Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA).

New modules listed below will be live from the September 2024 intake

This module aims to introduce learners to the international system of law and international institutions. It explores the origin and function of the international legal system and the role and function of international institutions throughout the world. Learners will be introduced to some of the many challenges facing international law and international institutions in carrying out their mandate, including rogue states, the fragmentation of international law, and the institutional legacy of the origins of the United Nations. It will explore growing fields of study such as the accountability of international institutions, and global constitutionalism. Through the content of the module, there will be a focus on theories of international law and of diplomacy. It provides a basis for learners to build their understanding of international peace-building and reconciliation in the Masters program.

New modules listed below will be live from the September 2024 intake

This module examines the development of International Human Rights Law with specific reference to its expansion in the 20th and 21st centuries – against the background of colonial history, the denial of human rights in many subjugated countries and the central role taken after the end of the Second World War. The Western European origin of the international legal framework is a fact.  

The module also provides learners with an appreciation of the growth of International Human Rights Law in light of the historical context and a knowledge of the International Human Rights treaties in existence and their operation. Learners develop an understanding of the international enforcement mechanisms currently in place and their relation to domestic human rights. They also develop an appreciation of both civil and political rights and socio-economic and cultural rights and their relation to one another. 

Semester 2

New modules listed below will be live from the September 2024 intake

The primary objective of this module is to impart a critical understanding of the structure, objectives and mechanisms of Corporate Governance, and the legal and other issues affecting systems by which corporations are directed and controlled. The module provides learners with an understanding of the theoretical foundations of Corporate Governance and an ability to distinguish between the main theories, principles, and practices. Learners will develop the ability to (i) identify the key parties and constituents involved in Corporate Governance, (ii) compare their roles, impact, and responsibilities. 


The Module outlines and critically analyses different international corporate governance frameworks, their development, and implications. Through this module learners will develop a deep understanding of corporate governance best practice and regulatory compliance. The Module draws on empirical corporate governance issues, including corporate scandals and failures as well as examples of good corporate governance within organisations. 

New modules listed below will be live from the September 2024 intake

This module combines analysis of current law with a critical exploration of the structures, potential, and limits of law and legal reform. The focus of the module is human rights, primarily as a legal regime with specific application to gender and sexuality issues, but also as a political sphere within which issues relating to gender and sexuality are negotiated. The module includes discussions of domestic, European, and international developments. As such, this module provides grounding in the key issues of gender, sexuality and human rights discourse whilst ensuring that learners will gain an understanding and appreciation of those issues which are at the cutting edge of these discussions.


New modules listed below will be live from the September 2024 intake

This module provides a detailed and comprehensive understanding of International Asylum and Immigration Law. The learner studies the principles, doctrines and rules underpinning International Asylum and Immigration law, along with relevant international legal instruments and learns to apply these to practical problems. The module addresses the political, social and philosophical issues raised by asylum seeking, while also providing learners with the tools to solve technical asylum problems. 

New modules listed below will be live from the September 2024 intake

A fundamental aim of the module is to instil an understanding of the principles of peacebuilding through the mechanisms incorporated under Restorative Justice practices. Restorative justice focuses on the harm done to an individual, and how they might be healed. It differs from the general judicial practice that is more focused on retribution, and punishment. Restorative justice places the victim at the centre of the process and facilitates a dialogue between the victim, offender, and the community at large with aim of helping the offender identify the harm and hurt caused, to prevent recidivism. Flexibility and responsiveness are among the key aims and features of the restorative processes.

New modules listed below will be live from the September 2024 intake

The purpose of this module is to introduce learners to the various aspects of the discipline of criminology, the study of crime as a social phenomenon. The sub-discipline of victimology is also examined in this module, the study of the causes and impact of victimisation in society. This module aims to equip learners with a comprehensive understanding of a number of criminological theories, all of which see crime as a social construct. Additionally, the objective of this module is to apply these theories to various aspects of the criminal justice system and criminal offending in Ireland, in comparative jurisdictions and at the international level. These broader criminological concerns are then complimented by a consideration of victimological theories and the place of victims in the criminal justice system.

New modules listed below will be live from the September 2024 intake

This module examines the protection of Social and Economic Rights within International Law. It seeks to locate social, economic and environmental rights within the wider scope of International Law protection and addresses the theoretical debates over the method of protection that these rights should be given. Learners study the operation of the UNESCR, and UNEP and assess their effectiveness in identifying where the rights lie and how best to restitute injured parties. The UNESCR is compared to a range of regional instruments and the contrasts between the various methods of protection discussed. Case studies are undertaken focusing on the protection of specific rights within developing and developed nations. 


New modules listed below will be live from the September 2024 intake

This module provides an explanatory overview to data protection and privacy law, taking an international perspective that encompasses Irish and EU law. The module will consider theoretical and practical approaches in understanding the power and significance of handling personal information securely. The module aims to encourage learners to think outside the box when it comes to understanding privacy and data protection issues rather than empower learner’s knowledge of key privacy and data protection terms. 


Semester 3

The research dissertation is designed to permit learners to delve into a topic which is of particular interest to them, and it comes at the end of the LLM, at a point in time when continuous assessment and examinations in all taught modules have been completed, and therefore, learners are well placed to undertake independent research. Learners on the LLM in International Commercial Law programme must complete a dissertation which is commercial in nature. Learners on the LLM in International Human Rights Law programme must complete a dissertation which is human rights in nature. Those learners who are obtaining the general LLM in International Law are free to choose either a commercial or human rights LLM 


A sample timetable for the 2024/2025 academic year can be found here.

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

2.2 degree in Law or a related discipline (minimum 50% legal component to the degree) or foreign equivalent or relevant work experience. 

English Language 

Griffith College accepts Duolingo English Test (DET) as valid proof of English proficiency. Please see here for further details. 

How to Apply 

All applicants must apply online here by uploading a copy of the following:

  • Photo I.D. (driving license or passport)
  • Degree transcripts from previous studies 
  • CV outlining experience


For purposes of fee calculation, residence is counted from the time of application.

Please note that not all study modes may be offered at all times; for confirmation, refer to the Intake dates on the Overview tab.

Tuition Fees

Study Mode: Full-Time

Dublin: EUR 8,000.00

Study Mode: Full-Time

Dublin: EUR 9,000.00

Study Mode: Full-Time 

Non-EU living in Ireland or abroad: Please refer to our Non-EU Tuition Fees section. 

Non-EU students: A Student Services and Administration fee of EUR200 is payable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below.

General Fee Information 

An Academic Administration Fee of €250 is payable each September at the start of term. For students starting in the January/February term, €125 is payable in February, and then €250 will be payable each September from then onwards. 

2% Learner Protection Charge

A 2% Learner Protection Charge is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted. The fees below relate to Year 1 fees only. 

Flexible payment options 

Students wishing to pay their fees monthly may avail of our direct debit scheme. Please view our Fees information page for more information and assistance. Sponsorship Is your company paying for your course? They will need to complete a Griffith College 


Form and send this to the Student Fees Office: Post: Student Fees, Griffith College Dublin, South Circular Road, Dublin 8 Email: [email protected] 

All QQI accredited programmes of education and training of 3 months or longer duration are covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby, in the event of the provider ceasing to provide the programme for any reason, enrolled learners may transfer to a similar programme at another provider, or, in the event that this is not practicable, the fees most recently paid will be refunded. 

QQI Award Fee 

Please note that a QQI Award Fee applies in the final year of all QQI courses. To find the relevant fee for your course level, please see the Fees page


Completing an LLM in International Criminal Justice provides learners with the skills required to advance their careers in the legal sector, such as:

  • Administrators

  • Advisors or researchers with government departments

  • Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) or businesses such as: 
    IHRC, Trócaire, UN and Amnesty International, Law Reform Commission.

  • The EU institutions such as:
    The Directorate Generals, Prison Services, Legal Aid Boards. 

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