Summer Program on International and Comparative Human Rights Law
A summer program offered by the Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland and the Consortium for Innovative Legal Education, Inc.
Summer 2016 Galway, Ireland, Study-Abroad Program
The 2016 program is scheduled to take place June 19–July 29, 2016, and details will be posted at a later date. Information concerning the 2015 program follows below.
Students posed for a group photo before enjoying a dinner cruise on the River Corrib.
For information on the 2015 Galway Program, please use either the links on the left-side navigation bar or the following links:
Six Weeks in Ireland
New England Law | Boston—along with California Western School of Law, South Texas College of Law / Houston, and William Mitchell College of Law—offers an exciting opportunity to study law during the summer at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, Galway. Taught by experts in the field from Ireland and the
United States, the six-week program focuses on courses related to international and comparative human rights law and accountability for human rights violations.
The program has attracted many distinguished visiting faculty members, including U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who taught in last year’s program (and in 2008); Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, who taught in 2011; Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court Ruth V. McGregor (retired), in 2010; and Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., in 2009.
Approved by the American Bar Association, the program is open to students in good standing at ABA accredited U.S. law schools and at Canadian and European university law programs. Participants may take courses for credit (which requires successful performance on final examinations) or as auditors (final examinations are not required). All courses are graded on an A–F scale. Course instruction is in English.
Each student must enroll for the full six-week session and may take three of the six courses offered during the program. A student may earn a total of six credits, transferable to most law schools. Students should check with the registrar’s office at their school to determine the transferability of grades and credits earned in this program.
It is unlikely that participation in a summer program will accelerate graduation for a full-time student. The program is limited to about 50 students, which permits relatively intimate seminars in which students get a better opportunity to work and interact with each other and the faculty. Limiting the enrollment also allows the program to guarantee reasonably priced housing for all students. Last year, 45 attendees came from 21 American or Canadian law schools; about one-half of the students were from the four sponsoring American law schools.
Galway is situated in one of the most beautiful parts of Ireland on the western coast, a short ride from the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren, the Aran Islands, and Connemara National Park. The National University of Ireland’s campus is located on the banks of the River Corrib within a few minutes’ walk of the heart of Galway, the vibrant cultural center of the west of Ireland.
For additional information, please contact Professor Monica Teixeira de Sousa, program director.