LL.M Peace Operations, Humanitarian Law and Conflict - NUI Galway

This programme is offered at the Irish Centre for Human Rights within the School of Law, drawing upon the resources of the LLM in International Human Rights Law, with the addition of specialised courses on peacekeeping. The course work begins with a general introduction to international peacekeeping and peace support operations, and continues with a series of specialised courses in such areas as International Relations and International Organisations, International Humanitarian Law, Refugee Law, Conflict and post conflict studies and International Criminal Law. 

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: 12

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). However, those falling short of this standard may be considered where they can demonstrate other appropriate academic accomplishments as well as relevant work experience. 

Also, candidates who have completed a military command and staff course or its equivalent at an institute recognised by NUI Galway and who have relevant professional experience, that, in the opinion of the School of Law, qualifies them to read for the LLM may also be considered. Candidates who have significant experience in the field of peace operations and/or international human rights, for example, with international organisations or international non-governmental organisations, are encouraged to apply under this rubric.

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: International Peace Support Operations; International Humanitarian Law; Introduction to Human Rights Law. 

• Optional Modules: Peace Support Operations; International Humanitarian Law; 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; How to Argue with an Economist; International Criminal Law; International Criminal Procedure; International Refugee Law; Introduction to Human Rights Law; Minority Rights; Public International Law; Procedure before International Criminal Courts; Right to Development; Transitional Justice; Women's Rights.

• Research Thesis/Dissertation (20,000 words)

• Internships: Students are advised and encouraged to undertake internships with organisations around the world. There may be some financial support for students undertaking internships abroad.

The programme recognises the experience of candidates who have participated in peacekeeping activities in various parts of the world. Thus the programme provides credit for a full semester course (15 credits) in exchange for submission of a written assignment of appropriate length, reviewing field experience and lessons learned.

Career Prospects: Many graduates have gone to work with the UN, OSCE, NATO and the EU in the ¬field. Others are working with NGOs in conflict and post-conflict environments, including the DRC, Haiti, Liberia, Sudan and Kosovo. A number of military and police personnel from Ireland and elsewhere have completed the degree with a view to enhancing their career prospects.


Programme Director: Prof. Ray Murphy

Tel.: +353 91 493081

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



By Angeliki Tsanta


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