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Galway, Ireland

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 2015 Galway, Ireland, Study-Abroad Program

First Session: June 14 (Sunday orientation) – July 3
Second Session: July 6 – July 24

Please check back in November for more information and a 2015 Galway program application.


2014 Program

Justice Scalia Associate Justice Antonin G. Scalia

Associate Justice Antonin G. Scalia taught in New England Law | Boston’s study abroad program in Galway, Ireland, in 2014. This marked the second appearance in recent years by Justice Scalia, and the fourth overall by a U.S. Supreme Court justice, in the annual summer program.

“Once again, Justice Scalia’s presence provided New England Law students with an extraordinary opportunity to learn from one of our nation’s leading jurists,” said Dean John F. O’Brien. “It was a great honor for New England Law, and I was very grateful that he accepted the invitation I extended for him to return to Galway. Students who studied with him were effusive in their praise and enthusiasm.”

For more information on the 2014 Galway Program, you can use the links on the left-side navigation bar, or use 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 will teach in this year’s program (and taught 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, 27 attendees came from 12 American or Canadian law schools; about two-thirds 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.

Additional Information

For additional information, please contact Professor Monica Teixeira de Sousa, program director.

"Postcards from Galway"

Ireland welcomed us with warmth and sunshine, two very rare things for this country, according to the locals, even in the summer. But weather was of no importance to me – from the moment I decided to come for this program, I knew I wanted to immerse myself in everything... –  Lilli Baculi '11

Read more about her Galway experience.


My time here in Ireland over the last month has been incredible. Something that has been inescapable is learning about and developing an appreciation and respect for how rich Ireland’s history and culture is.  –  Kyle Guy '11

Read more about his Galway experience.