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International Criminal Law (LLM)
The LLM in International Criminal Law provides students with an advanced understanding of the history, structures, law and practice of the various international criminal tribunals and the International Criminal Court.
Students will gain an in-depth knowledge of international criminal law, its component crimes, substantive law and key procedures. Students will also develop an analytical approach to the relationship between other accountability mechanisms, such as truth commissions.
The LLM in International Criminal Law is of interest to those seeking to learn about the growing field of international criminal justice, the role of the International Criminal Court in international affairs and means for holding to account perpetrators of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.
- The Irish Centre for Human Rights is one the world’s premier university-based institutions for the study and promotion of human rights.
- Expert Lecturers deliver programme modules. Our academics are internationally recognised scholars with world-class expertise and impact in the field of international criminal law. Distinguished visitors to the Centre for Human Rights have included Judge Carmel Agius, Senator Robert Badinter, Judge Maureen Harding Clark, Richard Goldstone, President Philippe Kirsch, Judge Theodor Meron, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Judge Navanethem Pillay and Judge Kimberly Prost.
- Field trip to the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
- A summer school on the International Criminal Court is run annually and students have the opportunity to attend.
- Seminars and workshops are run in collaboration with leading international practitioners in criminal law and human rights.
- Career Support is provided through professional workshops concentrating on internship opportunities, students CV and interview skills. Careers in Law Week also provides an opportunity to meet with law professionals across a spectrum of specialisations.
- Assessment methods include essays, presentations and a research dissertation, while students also engage in research projects, presentations, group work and moot courts.
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Who Teaches this Course
- Professor Siobhán Mullally
- Professor William A. Schabas (Part Time)
- Dr. Kathleen Cavanaugh
- Dr. Shane Darcy - Programme Director
- Prof. Ray Murphy
- Dr. Ekaterina Yahyaoui Krivenko
- Dr Maeve O'Rourke
- Dr Gearóid O'Cuinn
- Prof. Donnacha O'Connell
- Dr Ciara Smyth
In addition, every year we have a number of courses taught by adjunct and visiting lecturers.
Requirements and Assessment
1 year, full-time
2 years, part-time
Next start date
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Mode of study
1ML8, full-time 1ML9, part-time
The LLM in International Criminal Law is typically a one-year Masters programme that involves two semesters of courses and the preparation of a dissertation, although it is also available on a part-time basis over two years. The degree of Master of Law in International Criminal Law is awarded by the Faculty of Law at the National University of Ireland, Galway.
The two-year programme comprises part-time study, combining two semesters of course work the first year with a third semester the second year, devoted entirely to the research required for preparation of a final dissertation.
The Introduction to International Criminal Law and the dissertation are compulsory. International Humanitarian Law and Procedure before International Criminal Courts and Transitional Justice are also recommended for ICL students.
Courses each year are subject to change, but may include the following:
- African and Inter-American Regional Systems of Protecting Human Rights
- Business and Human Rights
- Children's Rights
- Conflict and Post-Conflict
- Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights
- Economic, Social & Cultural Rights
- European Convention on Human Rights
- European Union and Human Rights
- How to Argue with an Economist
- International Criminal Law
- International Criminal Procedure
- International Humanitarian Law (Term I)
- International Humanitarian Law (Term II)
- International Refugee Law
- Introduction to Human Rights Law
- Minority Rights
- Peace Support Operations
- Public International Law
- Procedure before International Criminal Courts
- Right to Development
- Transitional Justice
- Women's Rights
Curriculum InformationCurriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.
Glossary of Terms
- You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
- An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics. Each module has a unique module code eg. MA140.
- Some courses allow you to choose subjects, where related modules are grouped together. Subjects have their own required number of credits, so you must take all that subject's required modules and may also need to obtain the remainder of the subject's total credits by choosing from its available optional modules.
- A module you may choose to study.
- A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
- Required Core Subject
- A subject you must study because it's integral to that course.
- Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year, so a three-year course will have six semesters in total. For clarity, this page will refer to the first semester of year 2 as 'Semester 3'.
Year 1 (90 Credits)Optional LW561: Mental Health Law and Policy - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW566: Immigration Law: between sovereignty and equality - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW553: Inclusive Education Law and Policy - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW551: Contemporary Challenges in Disability Law and Policy - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW509: Universal Environments - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW562: Regional Disability Law and Policy - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW558: Legal Capacity Law and Policy - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW556: Law and Policy on Independent Living - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW550: Advocacy and Access to Justice - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW508: Minors, Minority Groups & the Criminal Justice System - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW5108: Contemporary Issues in Child and Family Law - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW575: Crime and Disorder - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Required LW484: Law, Regulation & Policy - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW496: Local Government Law - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional LW493: The Criminal Jury - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional LW491: Equality Law: Principles & Thematic Application - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional LW488: Processes of Law Reform - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional LW486: Theories of Judical Activism - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional LW485: Sentencing & Penal Policy - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional LW439: Advocacy, Activism and Public Interest Law - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Required LW450: Dissertation - 30 Credits - Semester 2
Required LW483: Advanced Legal Research & Method - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Why Choose This Course?
Students who have undertaken and successfully completed the programme tend to follow careers international criminal tribunals, United Nations (UN) or with UN-affiliated organisations, with NGO and quasi-NGOs, in the areas of international justice and human rights.
Graduates have also progressed to diplomatic or government-based work for example in the human rights division of the Department of Foreign Affairs. The programme also provides a foundation for further studies through the structured PhD in human rights offered by the Irish Centre for Human Rights.
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What Our Students Say
Sharon Walker | LLM International Criminal Law Graduate
I chose NUI Galway because of its academic profile, the facilities and the location (Galway is a vibrant, beautiful city). Also, the Irish Centre for Human Rights is internationally acclaimed for its work and staff and attracts some very high profile guest lecturers and speakers. The Centre provides a small community of dedicated researchers who are extremely approachable, helpful and welcoming. The LLM is challenging and interesting—the lecturers are encouraging and motivating, and the degree of autonomy allows you to pursue topics of individual interest and develop new ideas and theories with excellent academic support. The classes were very small and the “round-table” discussion format allowed everyone to be included. No opinions were disregarded and staff in my classes knew every student by name. The lecturers were almost always available for an informal chat. I love NUI Galway—small enough to be friendly and large enough to receive critical acclaim on the international stage.