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International Migration and Refugee Law and Policy (LLM)
This unique programme enables students to develop their knowledge of international, regional and domestic law, policy and practice in the areas of migration, human trafficking and refugee law. Since only non-citizens are directly subject to immigration and refugee law, the programme explores concepts of citizenship, statelessness and alienage. It navigates and critically evaluates States’ attempts to regulate regular migration and to prevent, deflect and criminalise irregular migration. The programme also deals with human trafficking and explores the root causes of and responses to the phenomenon. Finally, the programme focuses on refugee law – a separate legal regime for people who are forced to migrate owing to persecution or other serious human rights violations in their country of origin. In short, this LL.M exposes students to developments in the area of voluntary and forced migration, to the distinction between refugee and immigration law, to the phenomenon of ‘crimmigration’, whereby States increasingly treat immigrants as criminals, and to the tension between state sovereignty and the human rights of immigrants and refugees. These developments are analysed from a variety of theoretical and policy perspectives. Students can combine the study of international migration with specialised courses in international humanitarian law and peace operations, gender and law, child rights, and international criminal law.
The LLM programme offers unique training on the practice of human rights, through specialised modules on Advocacy, Litigation and Activism and Transnational Lawyering. The core teaching programme is supplemented with an exciting programme of guest seminars, workshops and conferences engaging with leading experts and practitioners in the field of refugee protection, human trafficking, international migration, human rights law and public policy.
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Requirements and Assessment
1 year, full-time; 2 years, part-time
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A Level Grades ()
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Mode of study
1ML30, full-time; 1ML31 & 1ML32, part-time
The one-year programme is divided into three four-month terms. The first term commences in September and runs through to December, the second term begins in January and ends in April, while the third term begins in May and terminates with the submission of a dissertation in mid-July. During the first two terms candidates are required to attend a full course load as prescribed in the Guidelines, while the third term is devoted entirely to the research required for the preparation of the final dissertation.
The two-year programme comprises part-time study, combining two semesters of course work the first year with a third semester the second year, devoted entirely to the research required for preparation of a final dissertation.
Students will undertake two core modules: one in International Migration Law and one in International Refugee Law. These modules are taught by academics who are active researchers in the area of migration and/or refugee law and whose work has significant policy and practical impact at the national, regional and international levels. Guest speakers who work in the field will also contribute to some seminars.
Students will also undertake a number of optional modules and can choose from a wide suite of options, including a module on the Common European Asylum System and on human trafficking, as well as various human rights, international criminal law and international humanitarian law modules.
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Why Choose This Course?
This course is the only LL.M in International Migration and Refugee Law on offer in an Irish university. The Irish Centre for Human Rights, as one of the world’s premier university-based institutions for the study and promotion of human rights, is uniquely placed to design and deliver this course. The LL.M in international migration and refugee law will be of interest to those who wish to:
- Work with domestic, regional or international non-governmental or inter-governmental organisations specialising in migration or refugee protection, human trafficking or human rights law or policy;
- Develop specialised legal practice skills in the expanding field of migration and asylum law and human rights;
- For those already working in the area of international migration/refugee law, develop a more solid conceptual and knowledge base to develop that role;
- For those interested in pursuing PhD research, identify a suitable research question, method and theoretical framework for that research.
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