Welcome to the Irish Centre for Human Rights

The Irish Centre for Human Rights is one of the world's premier academic human rights institutions, dedicated to the study of human rights, peace and conflict, international criminal law and humanitarian law, international refugee and migration law, gender and human rights and climate justice. The Centre has developed a global reputation for excellence in the field of human rights teaching, research and advocacy. Every year we attract high quality students to our acclaimed masters and undergraduate programs, as well as to our thriving community of doctoral researchers. Our program of conferences and other events attracts high level human rights policy makers, practitioners and academic experts from across the world. Our graduates are leading the development of international law and practice and humanitarian action across the globe.

About Us

The Irish Centre for Human Rights at NUI Galway School of Law is one of the world's premier university-based institutions for the study and promotion of human rights and humanitarian law.

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News & Events

Our Human Rights Centre runs a wide range of events throughout the year. Find out more about events including our lunchtime seminars, film screenings, guest lectures and social events.


Study with Us

The ICHR has the largest cadre of postgraduate human rights students of any single university in the world offering a first class academic education. Since 2000, there have been over 700 graduates from the LLM programmes, and over 60 graduates from the PhD programme, drawn from all over the world.

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Our Human Rights Centre is run by core staff supported by other law faculty members as well as guest lecturers. All Human Rights Centre members research and teach in the field of human rights, international criminal law, international humanitarian law and socio-legal studies.

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Public Policy Engagement

Our Centre faculty and students are involved in human rights-based litigation, international organisations, international and national non-governmental organisations, research networks, and other academic courses.

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Summer Schools

The Irish Centre for Human Rights runs an internationally recognized summer programme on the International Criminal Court as well as a summer programme with the Boston based, New England School of Law.

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