LL.M International Human Rights - NUI Galway

This programme provides students with the requisites enabling them to contribute to the advancement of human rights globally, both in their individual capacities and in association with institutions that have such a focus. The coursework begins with a general introduction to the systems and documents of international human rights law, and proceeds to a series of specialised courses in such areas as minority rights law, regional human rights systems such as the European Convention on Human Rights, criminal prosecution by international tribunals of human rights violators, gender and child rights, refugees and asylum seekers, and international humanitarian law. The course emphasises the analysis and critique of international human rights law and legal regimes.

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: 25

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)

• Optional Modules: 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; Gender and Human Rights; Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity; Human Rights Field Work: Law and Practice; Islam and Human Rights; International Criminal Law; International Criminal Procedure; International Humanitarian Law; Introduction to Human Rights Law; Minority Rights; Peace Support Operations; Public International Law; Procedure before International Criminal Courts; Refugee Protection; Right to Development; Transitional Justice.

• Research Thesis/Dissertation (20,000 words)

• Internship: During the course of their studies, students at Masters level are encouraged by the Irish Centre for Human Rights to put into practice the foundational work provided by the LLM by undergoing internships with international institutions and nongovernmental organisations working in the field of human rights. It offers advice in finding suitable opportunities and some financial support to offset travel expenses.

Career Prospects: Students who have undertaken and successfully completed the programme tend to pursue careers within the UN or UN affiliated organisations, NGOs, academic institutions or diplomatic and government agencies.


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



By Angeliki Tsanta