LL.M International Criminal Law - NUI Galway

The LL.M in International Criminal Law (ICL) aims to 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.

Founded in 1845, NUI Galway has earned international recognition as a research led university with a commitment to top quality teaching. It is home to a diverse and vibrant community of staff and students who are dynamic, creative and highly driven. The university aspires to make a positive impact on the world through its research projects, which confront some of the most pressing issues of our time, from human rights to the latest medical devices.

Location: Galway, Ireland

Single Diploma

Language: English

Number of Places/Students per year: 10

Start Date: early September

Duration: 1 year (full-time) or 2 years (part-time)

Price/Fee: 6015 EUR (for EU students) or 13250 EUR (for non EU)

Scholarships: LL.M students are offered a number of scholarships opportunities, which can be found here. 

Accommodation: The NUI Accommodation Office helps graduate students in their search for housing either in the university's student residencies or in the private sector.

Application Process:

Applications to this programme are invited from graduates holding a good law degree (Honours 2.1 or higher) or an interdisciplinary degree, which includes a substantial law component (Honours 2.1 or higher). 

Candidates are required to follow NUI's application process, as it has been described in the Public Law LL.M.

Programme Structure (90 ECTS)

• Mandatory Modules: Introduction to International Criminal Law 

• Optional Modules: International Humanitarian Law; Procedure before International Criminal Courts; Transitional Justice; 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; Genocide; 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; Right to Development; Women's Rights.

• Dissertation (20000 words)

Career Prospects: Graduates of this programme go on to pursue successful careers within UN or UN-aff¬liated organisations, NGOs and quasi-NGOs in both human rights and development,  academic institutions, as well as take on diplomatic or government-based work (in the human rights division of the Department of Foreign Affairs, for example). 



Programme Director: Dr. Ekaterina Yahyaoui

Tel.: +353 91 492 065

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Mailing Address: National University of Ireland Galway,  University Road, Galway, Ireland


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