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LL.M. in International Human Rights Law

LL.M. in International Human Rights Law

Overview

An opportunity to specialise in the area of International Human Rights Law for great career opportunities

The LL.M. in International Human Rights Law is available on both a full and part-time basis over a 1 or 2 year period. 

Please note: The LL.M. in International Human Rights Law is a cognitive masters. In order to be eligible for the course you will need to possess the following:

2.2 degree in Law or a related discipline (that has a 50% legal component to the degree) or foreign equivalent ​

Relative work experience 

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Why Study International Human Rights Law at Griffith College?

The LL.M. in International Human Rights Law offers students the opportunity to specialise in International Human Rights Law, to facilitate enhanced career opportunities, or to lay the foundations for PhD study.

  • Graduates of this programme will receive an internationally recognised Master of Law degree.
  • Students will gain a firm understanding of the key principles of Human Rights Law such as Social and Economic Rights, International Children's Rights Law, International Asylum and Immigration Law and International Humanitarian Law.
  • Students will acquire highly transferable skills attractive to a wide range of sectors outside law including in the civil or foreign service, or in NGOs.
  • A strong international focus gives students a key advantage when building a career in today's globalised legal landscape
  • All of our lecturers are experienced academics who are specialists in their particular field of Human Rights Law.

Course Highlights

  • Unique International Human Rights Law focus
  • Experienced lecturers who are experts in their field
  • Small class sizes mean more individual attention to help you reach your personal potential
  • Evening time lectures mean that it is possible to obtain an LL.M. with work or other day time commitments

Intake Dates

This course will next commence September 2019.

What our students say

LLM

"The dissertation element of the LL.M. prepares students who are thinking of undertaking a Ph.D. for the research and discipline that will be needed to complete a doctoral thesis."

Claire Michelle Smyth
LL.M. International Human Rights Law 2011
LLM

"I relocated to Australia after completing my LL.M. It soon became apparent that my LL.M was highly regarded and relevant to a number of industries here. I have spent the last 2 years as a senior advisor for contracts and governance in a statutory authority engaged in civil aviation."

John Keating
LL.M. International Commerical Law 2011
Course details

The LL.M. in International Human Rights Law is one year in duration or can be divided over two years. The student will complete six subjects and a dissertation. In the first semester the student will complete three mandatory subjects and in the second semester, they will choose three human rights electives. 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.

Semester One
Public International Law

Public International Law is concerned with both the relations between States and with the relationship between individuals, international organisations and States. This module enables the learner to understand and evaluate Public International Law and its role, potential and limitations in International affairs. It enables learners to identify the sources of Public International Law and develop their ability to apply these appropriately to a range of actual and theoretical situations. The module examines the operation of international organisations such as the United Nations and their impact on the wider principles of International Law. Learners gain an understanding of the formation and formalisation of international treaties and an awareness of the principles of State sovereignty. The module addresses a number of current legal issues in the development of international law and Learners become familiarised with the treaties on which International Law is based, the rules of Customary International Law and a knowledge of the institutions which apply International Law.

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Advanced Legal Research and Writing

The aim of this module is to inculcate in the learner advanced legal research and writing skills. The module initially focusses 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. Furthermore, the module fosters within learners the ability to write excellent legal prose with style, precision and accuracy. Learners master a legal house style; the Oxford University Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA).

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International Human Rights Law

This module examines the development of International Human Rights Law with specific reference to its expansion in the 20th and 21st centuries. The evolution of the protection of Human Rights from purely a national concern to a global concern is a central theme and involves analysis of the birth of international enforcement mechanisms. The divisions between civil and political rights and socio-economic and cultural rights are discussed with particular focus on the relationship between both sets of rights. Current International Human Rights issues form the final part of this module with learners looking at specific concerns of the international community.

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Semester Two - Electives
International Children's Rights Law

The module first explores various international children's rights theories with a focus on the children's rights/parental and family rights divide and debate. The evolution of international children's rights as a concept is discussed and the role and impact of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, 1989, is analysed. The module aims to provide an awareness and understanding amongst learners of the definition and status of the child at an international law level and it offers learners the opportunity to develop an understanding and awareness of the scope of a variety of children's rights at an international level including the right to survival and development, protection rights, the right to health-care and education and the right to participation, either directly or through a representative.

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*This elective runs subject to demand and discretion of the Faculty of Law.

International Humanitarian Law

This module extensively examines the development of the laws of armed conflict derived from the 1863 Lieber Code and the 1868 St Petersburg Declaration and its application to the theatre of hostilities. Far-reaching advances in the categorisation of conflicts, the dynamics of warfare, weapons and aerial bombardment have resulted in an international struggle to apply a dated international Humanitarian Law framework to altered realities on the ground. In parallel, developing Human Rights norms now extend to armed conflict but the relationship and interpretation of the competing sets of norms is open to dispute. This module examines the categorisation of armed conflicts, the status of parties to the conflict, PoW’s, civilians, belligerent occupation, methods and means of warfare, and self determination and armed conflict. Accordingly, the module analyses the application of the laws of armed conflict in contemporary battle grounds through case studies examining inter alia Iraq, Palestine and Syria.

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*This elective runs subject to demand and discretion of the Faculty of Law.

Social and Economic Rights

This module examines the protection of Social and Economic Rights within International Law. It seeks to locate social and economic rights within the wider scope of International Human Rights 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 assess its effectiveness. 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.

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*This elective runs subject to demand and discretion of the Faculty of Law.

International Asylum and Immigration Law

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. 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.

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*This elective runs subject to demand and discretion of the Faculty of Law.

International Criminal Law

The module in International Criminal Law examines selected issues and current problems involving the criminal law aspects of International Law. The module looks at the origin and purpose of International Criminal Law and it examines the duty to prosecute those who commit international crimes. It also focuses on the application of domestic and international law to the question of jurisdiction over international criminal activities. The course further examines the substantive international criminal law as contained in multi-lateral treaties concerning, war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. Lastly, the course covers the International Criminal Tribunals for Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, the Special Court for Sierra Leone, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and the permanent International Criminal Court.

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*This elective runs subject to demand and discretion of the Faculty of Law.

Gender, Sexuality and Human Rights

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, both as a legal regime with specific application to gender and sexuality issues, and 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.

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*This elective runs subject to demand and discretion of the Faculty of Law.

Course Contacts

Karen
Sutton
Dublin Campus
T: 
01-4163372
Timetables

A copy of the provisional timetable is attached below. Please be aware that this timetable may be subject to change.

2018 Timetable 

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

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

How to Apply

 Apply online. Please make sure to provide us with necessary documentation such as a proof of identification, passport or driver's licence, along with a copy of your degree award.

Fees
Tuition Fees
Irish/EU

General Fee Information 

An Academic Administration Fee of EUR250.00 and a 2% Learner Protection Charge is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below. The fees below relate to Year 1 fees only.

Study Mode: Full-Time

Dublin 

Irish/EU living in Ireland: EUR 7,200.00

Study Mode: Part-Time

Dublin 

Irish/EU living in Ireland: EUR 7,200.00

International

General Fee Information 

An Academic Administration Fee of EUR250.00 and a 2% Learner Protection Charge is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below.

Non-EU students: a Medical Insurance, Student Services and Administration fee of EUR300 is payable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below.

Study Mode: Full-Time

Dublin 

Non-EU Living in Ireland: EUR 11,000.00

Non-EU living Abroad: EUR 11,000.00

EU Living Abroad: EUR 8,200.00

Direct Debit Scheme

Students wishing to pay for their fees monthly may avail of our direct debit scheme. Please download our Fee Payment Information document to review the payment plan schedule and how to apply.

Sponsorship

Is your company paying for your course?

They will need to complete a Griffith College Sponsorship Form and send this to the Student Fees Office:

  • Post: Student Fees, Griffith College Dublin, South Circular Road, Dublin 8
  • Email: [email protected]

2% Learner Protection Charge

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.

Progression

Academic Progression

Many of our LL.M. graduates go on to pursue PhD studies, having acquired not only legal expertise but also advanced academic writing and legal research skills during the LL.M. programme.

Career Progression

Through the LL.M. in International Human Rights Law, you will have gained valuable professional experience, built a strong foundation of critical analysis and presentation skills, and covered a diverse range of topics. There is a wide range of career options for our graduates including:

  • Promotion for those who are already practising in law
  • In-house legal roles with international or domestic human rights organisations
  • Legal advisor within international or domestic NGOs
  • Legal researcher in area of international human rights law
  • PhD study for an academic career

What our students say

"A challenging endeavour, where the reward is worth the effort"

 
Cillian Blake
LL.M. International Law
LLM

I'm happy I chose to study my LLM in Griffith College, the lecturers were extremely helpful and enthusiastic to pass their knowledge. This LLM have gave me the knowledge and skills to accomplish my dreams, and to continue my path in belong to an international organisation and to pursue my studies in Gender Law.

Azucena Mellado
LL.M. in International Human Rights Law 2016.
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