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LLM International Human Rights


Course Description

On this programme you will acquire specialised and in-depth knowledge and understanding of international human rights law, political theory of rights and international relations relating to human rights. The programme is interdisciplinary thus building on the strengths in this area of the Sutherland School of Law and the School of Politics and International Relations. Members of staff in the Sutherland School of Law have engaged in major research in this area spanning the full range of international human rights law from asylum law and practice, the EU and fundamental rights to the law of privacy in Ireland.

The LLM in International Human rights differs from existing degrees in Ireland by having a distinct interdisciplinary nature flowing from the co-ordination between the School of Law and the School of politics and International relations (SpIre).

See the website http://www.ucd.ie/law/graduateprogrammes/llmininternationalhumanrights/

Your studies

On this programme you will acquire a specialised and in-depth knowledge and understanding of international human rights law, political theory of rights and international relations relating to human rights in a single course.
Your core modules will include International Human Rights Law and the Politics of Human Rights. You will also choose from modules such as: International Security; Politics of Development; Discrimination Law; and, Media and Regulation. You will complete a supervised dissertation and will also have international exchange opportunities during the programme. On completion of your studies, you will:
- be able to understand and think critically about the intersections between law, politics and international relations in the study of human rights;
- be able to apply this knowledge and understanding to real and hypothetical situations;
- be able to conduct independent research and write coherent, well-structured papers;
- have identified doctrinal and practical trends in legal practise and their impact; and,
- have an increased ability to identify and analyse problems from a legal perspective.

Studying abroad

The School affords its students the opportunity to spend a semester abroad as part of the Comparative, International and European Law (CIEL) Graduate exchange programme with our partner Universities in Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain. Students participating in the programme will have their dissertations jointly supervised by staff in UCD and in the institution which
they are visiting. Successful completion of the semester abroad will lead to the award of a Certificate in Comparative, International and European Law.

Your future

The programme qualifies you to work in the field of human rights, either domestically or internationally, as a practising lawyer, legal-adviser, policymaker, advocate, researcher, or academic. Career opportunities exist in intergovernmental organisations (United Nations, Council of Europe, European Union, Organisation for Cooperation and Security in Europe), government departments, international and domestic non-governmental organisations, law firms, and Universities.

Features

The Sutherland School of Law offers a wide range of modules for the Masters programmes. Reflecting its interdisciplinary nature, there are core modules that must be taken in both Law and Politics. The core law modules are

- International Human Rights considers the theoretical underpinnings and development of contemporary international human rights law, critically examines the institutional architecture developed by the UN system and regional systems to implement human rights norms as well as national methods of implementation of human rights law.

- Law of the ECHR offers a critical examination of key aspects of the operation and substantive law of the ECHR focussing on its incorporation into domestic law and an in-depth analysis and evaluation of the Court's jurisprudence for a number of substantive rights.

- Other Law modules of especial interest to those undertaking this programme include:

- Comparative Constitutional Law discusses a number of constitutional issues from a comparative perspective including the influence of the ECHR and its jurisprudence on constitutional structures and systems.

- Media Regulation discusses the regulatory environment in which the media operates, and encourages a critical analysis of the implications which the current system has for media freedom, journalistic ethics and practices, democracy and governance

CIEL

Any student admitted to an LLM programme in the Law School also can apply on a competitive basis to spend their second semester at one of our sister Law Schools:
- University of Antwerp
- Maastricht University
- The University of Mannhein
- Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona
- Universite de Toulouse 1 – Capitole

Students must score 6.5 in IELTS or 90 in the internet TOEFL exams in the relevant language of instruction (English, French or German). Spaces are allocated on a competitive basis. Students who are accepted onto this programme graduate with an LLM and are awarded a certificate in International and Comparative Law (CIEL).

Careers

This programme will equip graduates with the knowledge, skills and capacity to work in the field of human rights, either domestically or internationally, as practising lawyers, legal-advisers, policy-makers, advocates, researchers or academics. Career opportunities in the field of human rights can arise in a variety of different contexts. These include, but are not limited to, intergovernmental organisations (United Nations, Council of Europe, European Union, Organisation for Cooperation and Security in Europe), government departments, international and domestic non-governmental organisations, law firms and Universities.

We have an excellent Careers Development Centre here at UCD, designed to help you with information regarding future employment or studies. UCD hold a number of graduate events throughout the year including a dedicated law fair at which at which many of the big Law firms will be in attendance. The School of Law has a dedicated careers advisor on it’s Academic staff, Dr. Oonagh Breen, and a staff member from the careers office will be in attendance at the School of law on a number of occasions throughout the academic year. To see the full range of services offered by the careers office go to http://www.ucd.ie/careers/

Find out how to apply here http://www.ucd.ie/law/graduateprogrammes/llmininternationalhumanrights/apply,80081,en.html

See the website http://www.ucd.ie/law/graduateprogrammes/llmininternationalhumanrights/

Scholarships

The University and UCD Sutherland School of Law have a list of scholarships that are open to Irish, EU and International applicants.
For further information please see http://www.ucd.ie/scholarships
International students may wish to visit: http://www.ucd.ie/international

Why you should choose UCD

In the state-of-the-art UCD Sutherland School of Law, graduate students engage in advanced study with internationally renowned
specialists to develop the transformative potential of law.

The School is ranked by the authoritative QS World University Rankings as Ireland's number one law school and amongst the world's 100 leading law schools. Students benefit from the School’s strong links with university partners; businesses; NGOs; and, domestic, EU and international governments.
We place particular emphasis on the quality and breadth of our graduate programmes across Diploma, Masters and Doctoral levels. Our graduate degrees are available on a full-time or part-time basis, beginning in either January or September.
We also offer part-time Diploma programmes and single subject certificates with the possibility of securing CPD points and building study up to achieve diploma or masters awards.

Visit the LLM International Human Rights page on the University College Dublin website for more details!

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(Scholarship)

James Healy Masters Scholarship in Law - Single Award

UCD Sutherland School of Law, with the generous support of James Healy, is pleased to offer a scholarship to fund full-time study in the Masters of Laws (LLM) Programmes in the School of Law. All successful EU applications for the LLM received before May 31st will be considered for the scholarship.The scholarship is available to candidates commencing their studies in the academic year 2015/16.The scholarship will be in the amount of €5,000 plus a fee waiver (to the value of EU Fee).

Value of Scholarship(s)

€5,000 plus a fee waiver

Eligibility

Applicants should hold at least an upper second class honours law degree at undergraduate or graduate level or be in the final year of their degree with an upper second class honours average to date

Application Procedure

See http://www.ucd.ie/law/scholarships/mastersscholarshipsinlaw/

Further Information

http://www.ucd.ie/law/scholarships/mastersscholarshipsinlaw/


(Scholarship)

The Walsh Scholarship in Law - Single Award

UCD Sutherland School of Law, wishes to offer a scholarship to the value of €6000 to partly fund full-time study in a UCD Sutherland School of Law Graduate Taught Masters Programme. All successful EU applications (for any of the School of Law masters programmes) received before May 31st will be considered for the scholarship.The scholarship is available to candidates commencing their studies in the academic year 2015/16.

Value of Scholarship(s)

€6000

Eligibility

Applicants should hold at least an upper second class honours degree at undergraduate or graduate level or be in the final year of their degree with an upper second class honours average to date.

Application Procedure

See http://www.ucd.ie/law/scholarships/mastersscholarshipsinlaw/

Further Information

http://www.ucd.ie/law/scholarships/mastersscholarshipsinlaw/


(Scholarship)

The School of Law bursary - Single Award

The UCD Sutherland School of Law is pleased to offer a bursary of €4000 to fund full time study in the LLM, MCL, MSc (Criminology and Criminal Justice), the MSc in International Law and Business.All successful EU applications (for any of the School of Law masters programmes) received before April 30th will be considered for the bursaries.The scholarship is available to candidates commencing their studies in the academic year 2015/16.Please direct any queries regarding the scholarships and bursaries to Justine McCann by email to [email protected] or by telephone to + 353 1 716 4109
The closing date to be included in the Scholarship and bursary competition is May 31st 2015
All successful applicants will be notified of the outcome of the decision of the scholarship committee. No correspondence will be entered into about the committee’s decision.

Value of Scholarship(s)

€4000

Eligibility

Applicants should hold at least an upper second class honours degree at undergraduate or graduate level or be in the final year of their degree with an upper second class honours average to date.

Application Procedure

See http://www.ucd.ie/law/scholarships/mastersscholarshipsinlaw/

Further Information

http://www.ucd.ie/law/scholarships/mastersscholarshipsinlaw/



Entry Requirements

Applications will be considered from any of the following: (i) 2.1. or 1st class (or equivalent) degree in Law, or an inter-disciplinary degree in which law was a major component; (ii) Graduates with a Postgraduate Diploma in Law may be considered but will normally be admitted only where they can show an exceptionally strong performance in both their undergraduate degree and diploma; (iii) Significant, relevant, practical experience or those with a post-graduate qualification at Masters level or higher in a relevant discipline.

Course Fees

Full-time: €7950 (EU students), €17400 (non-EU students); Part-Time: €3975 (EU Students), €8700 (non-EU students)


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