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International Criminal Law (LLM)
This programme is offered at the Irish Centre for Human Rights within the School of Law. This Centre is one of the world’s premier university-based institutions for the study and promotion of human rights and humanitarian law. The LLM in International Criminal Law (ICL) will provide students with an advanced understanding of the history and institutional structures of the various international criminal tribunals and the International Criminal Court. It will equip students with an in-depth knowledge of the principles of international criminal law and its component crimes and procedural issues, while also allowing them to develop a critical approach to the relationship between other accountability mechanisms, such as truth commissions.
Students are introduced to experts working in the area of international criminal law through seminars, guest lectures, the summer school on the ICC and the annual study trip to the Hague. 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.
Applications and Selections
Who Teaches this Course
- Professor Siobhán Mullally
- Professor William A. Schabas (Part Time)
- Dr. Kathleen Cavanaugh
- Dr. Shane Darcy
- Prof. Ray Murphy
- Dr. Ekaterina Yahyaoui Krivenko
- Dr. Noelle Higgins
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 fall into one of four categories:
- those who work within UN or UN-affliated organisations;
- those who work in NGOs and quasi-NGOs both human rights and development;
- those who work in academic institutions or pursue a PhD/JD;
- those who work in diplomatic or government-based work (in the human rights division of the Department 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), locally-based NGOs, trade and health organisations, domestic law firm work that draws on international legal mechanisms, and research-based work in university research centres, to name but a few. The main and sub categories are by no means exhaustive, but give a flavour of the different fields that students have pursued.
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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.