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National University of Ireland (NUI), Galway - School of Law
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The University

Founded in 1845, NUI Galway is one of Ireland’s leading universities with a growing international reputation as a centre of academic excellence. Situated in Galway, one of Europe’s most vibrant cities, students make up 20% of the population. This youthful energy is reflected in the numerous internationally renowned literary, arts & sporting events that are hosted in the city every year. More information on NUI Galway is available at: http://www.nuigalway.ie/law

The Law School

The School of Law is part of the College of Business, Public Policy & Law. The NUI Galway Law School has a long and distinguished tradition of law teaching and research which dates back to the mid-nineteenth century. It is a tradition that the school is extremely proud of and strives to maintain. Here at the School of Law we are constantly working to attain the highest quality in teaching and research.

The School of Law staff includes full-time professors and lecturers, together with part-time teaching staff with specialist subject areas or practising solicitors and barristers. As a student of the School you will benefit greatly from this collective expertise, all of whom bring with them distinctive Irish, European and International teaching and research profiles. The School hosts the Irish Centre for Human Rights and the Centre for Disability Law & Policy. There is an active Student Law Society that contributes extensively to the activities of the Law School throughout the year.

To see more of what NUI Galway School of Law can offer you, please visit http://www.nuigalway.ie/law

The Program

NUI Galway

Most LL.M. students take one of our one-year taught programmes, but the option of a research degree (normally taking two years) is also available, as is research towards a Ph.D. Research LL.M. students often move to a Ph.D. track if their work is satisfactory.

Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Peace Operations, Humanitarian Law & Conflict

This is a one-year programme of full-time study, combining two semesters of course work and the preparation of a dissertation (part-time option also available over two years). It aims to prepare you for work in the field of international peace support operations, with international organizations, non-governmental organizations and as individual advocates.

Further information is available at http://www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/Programmes/peace_operations_llm.html.

Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Criminal Law

Designed and delivered by experts unrivalled in the field, the LL.M. in International Criminal Law will provide you with an advanced understanding of the history and institutional structures of the various international criminal tribunals and the International Criminal Court. As a student you will be equipped with an in-depth knowledge of the principles of international criminal law and its component crimes and procedural issues. It will also allow you to develop a critical approach to the alternatives in international criminal justice, such as truth commissions.

Further information is available at: http://www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/Programmes/criminal.html.

Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Human Rights

This programme is designed for human rights practitioners, lawyers, public servants, peacekeepers and others interested in the growing field of human rights. It involves course work and a dissertation, and may be taken as a one-year full-time course, or by part-time study over a two year period. The programme will prepare you for work in the field of international human rights, with international organisations, non-governmental organisations and as individual advocates.

Further information is available at http://www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/Programmes/hr_llm.html.

Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Public Law

The LL.M in Public Law suite of programmes examines emerging and topical issues in public law from a comparative and international perspective. The programmes will be of interest to students who have completed their primary law degree as well as legal practitioners, public servants and others seeking to develop or update their knowledge of public law and legalresearchskills. The LL.M in Public Law has been successfully running for 10 years.

Students may be awarded the degree of LL.M in Public Law or can opt for a specialised denomination by taking specific optional modules. The specialisations are:

LL.M in Public Law & Criminal Justice,
LL.M in Public Law & Social Justice or
LL.M in Public Law & Administration.

Full information is available at www.nuigalway.ie/courses/taught-postgraduate-courses/law-pub…

Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International and Comparative Disability Law and Policy

The LL.M. (Masters in Law) offers students an innovative and internationally focused programme dealing with the process of disability law reform. As a result of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities there is a real demand for skilled knowledge workers in this area. This unique LL.M., one of the first of its kind in the world, addresses that knowledge shortfall. This LL.M. is suitable for people working in the field of disability law and policy, and is aimed at people who work or would like to work in governmental and non-governmental organisations at national, regional or international level.

Full information is available at http://www.nuigalway.ie/cdlp/llm.html.

Two innovative cross-border programmes run in conjunction with Queen's University Belfast are also available at the School. More information on the

Cross-Border LL.M. in Human Rights

Cross-Border LL.M. in Human Rights and Criminal Justice

is available at: http://www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/index.html

The Faculty

School members are engaged in research in a number of fields including criminal law, commercial law, European Union law, human rights law, information technology law and media law. The centres of research excellence affiliated to the School of Law include the Irish Centre for Human Rights, the Marine Law & Ocean Policy Centre and the Centre for Disability Law and Policy. Research projects, international conferences and guest lectures are organised under the auspices of the Centres.

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements vary for the different programmes. Please consult the web pages for individual programmes for details of entry requirements.

Application Procedure

All applications for postgraduate programmes, both taught and research, are now made via the Postgraduate Applications Centre at http://www.pac.ie. Answers to common queries can be found in the frequently asked questions section.

Tuition and Fees

Details of tuition costs and fees are available at http://www.nuigalway.ie/postgrad/fees/.


The School of Law,
National University of Ireland, Galway,
University Road,


Information on accommodation, including student residences, is available at http://www.nuigalway.ie/accommodation/.

Student Life

NUI Galway campus

The University's prime location on the banks of the River Corrib provides you with excellent opportunities to take part in all water sports, from rowing to kayaking to canoeing. Wind-surfing, sailing and a swimming pool are available nearby in Salthill, while the mountains and hills of Connemara are easily accessible for those interested in mountaineering, hill-walking and orienteering.

The University's indoor and outdoor Sports and Recreation Centres offer tennis and squash courts, Olympic handball courts, gymnasium, badminton, volleyball and basketball courts, table tennis, boxing, karate and aerobics. Playing fields are available for other sports e.g. hockey, rugby and football, while provision is also made for horse-riding and golf.

"Pleasant is the life of the scholar", says one of Ireland's old bardic poems, and indeed your student life can be greatly enhanced by taking part in some of the many social and recreational activities on offer at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

There are more than 80 societies and 45 sports clubs on campus which cater for a wide variety of interests, so you are bound to find something of interest to you!

The University also houses one of the main musical venues in the west of Ireland - the Aula Maxima recital room hosts a varied programme of internationally renowned classical, traditional and contemporary Irish musicians throughout the year.

Information on the life of graduate students in Galway is available at http://www.nuigalway.ie/graduate_studies/graduate_life.html.

Summer Program

Each year, the Irish Centre for Human Rights offers two highly acclaimed summer school programmes on the International Criminal Court and on Minority Rights.

The week-long summer school programmes offer participants a unique chance to immerse themselves in two increasingly important areas of international criminal law and international human rights law, and to benefit from the knowledge of an unrivalled panel of experts. Each of the intensive programmes also includes a variety of social activities that allow participants to network with each other and the panel in a relaxed and friendly environment, ensuring the programmes are instructive and enjoyable.

Details are available at http://www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/summer_schools.html.

Program Information

Full-Time, Part-Time
  • Master of Laws (LL.M.)
  • LL.M. in Public Law
  • LL.M. in Law, Technology and Governance
  • LL.M. in International and Comparative Disability Law and Policy
  • LL.M. in International Human Rights Law
  • LL.M. in International Criminal Law
  • LL.M. in Peace Operations, Humanitarian Law and Conflict
  • LL.M. in Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
  • Cross Border LL.M. in Human Rights Law
  • Cross Border MSSc/LL.M. in Human Rights and Criminal Justice
  • European Masters Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation (E.MA)
Program Features
  • The LL.M. programmes in International Human Rights Law, International Criminal Law, and Peace Operations, Humanitarian Law and Conflict are offered by the Irish Centre for Human Rights. The Centre also has a Cross-Border Programme in Human Rights Law (LL.M.) and Human Rights and Criminal Justice (MSSc/LL.M.), in conjunction with Queens University of Belfast. In addition, the Centre participates in the European Masters in Human Rights and Democratisation (E.MA), an EU initiative.
Language of Instruction
  • English
Program Website
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  • Master of Laws (LL.M.)
Language of Instruction
  • English
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