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Peace Operations, Humanitarian Law and Conflict
Course OverviewThis programme is offered at the Irish Centre for Human Rights within the School of Law. This Centre is one of the world’s premier university-based institutions for the study and promotion of human rights and humanitarian law. This programme aims to prepare graduates for work in the field of international peace support operations, with international organisations, non-governmental organisations and as individual advocates.
Applications and Selections
Who Teaches this Course
Professor Ray Murphy
Dr Anita Ferrara
Dr. Kathleen Cavanaugh
Dr. Shane Darcy
Dr. Ekaterina Yahyaoui Krivenko
Dr. Aoife Duffy
Requirements and Assessment
1 year, full-time
2 years, part-time
Next start date
A Level Grades ()
Please view the offer rounds website.
Mode of study
The programme draws 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 specialized courses in such areas as international relations and international organizations, international humanitarian law, refugee law, conflict and post conflict studies, and international criminal law.
The programme recognizes 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. A list of courses can be found here.
The programme may also recognize and credit a peacekeeping course of appropriate duration delivered at a Centre/Institute recognized by the NUI Galway. However, in order to allow for consistent evaluation, a written paper of appropriate length must be submitted. The maximum credits permitted in the case of any candidate in recognition of field experience or course work completed elsewhere are 15.
Alternatively, the programme is a two-year programme of 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.
Obligatory subjects are: International Peace Support Operations, International Humanitarian Law and the dissertation.
Courses each year are subject to change, but may include the following:
- Peace Support Operations
- International Humanitarian Law
- 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
- 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 Right
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Fees: Student levy
Fees: Non EU
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Prof. Ray Murphy (Programme Director)
T: +353 91 493 081
What Our Students Say
Peter Gallagher | LLM Peace Support Operations
As a postgraduate student you will spend much of your time researching and writing. You get an opportunity to prove that you can research a topic and present your analysis. I chose NUI Galway because of its excellent learning environment, its resources and “postgraduate community”, and its student-friendly atmosphere.
Sinead Coakley | LLM Peace Support Operations, Humanitarian Law and Conflict
Having an undergraduate degree in Law from the UK, I decided to further my education. The Irish Centre for Human Rights at NUI Galway has an excellent international reputation in the field of Human Rights, so it was an easy choice to decide to study the LLM in Peace Support Operations, Humanitarian Law and Conflict. I find the course to be challenging, highly interesting and rewarding. I am thoroughly enjoying the academic and cultural experience, having embraced the opportunity to make new friends from all over the world. I would recommend the Masters Programme to anyone.