International and Comparative Law (LL.M.)

1 year full-time


With the increased globalisation of the last twenty years and, even earlier, with the rise to prominence of the international human rights movement, there has been the impetus for students of all nationalities towards studying areas of law with a broad international and comparative focus. This programme will allow students to engage meaningfully in comparative legal research using mature comparative law methodology and to develop flexibility, adaptability and independence in order to engage productively with a changing, social, cultural and international environment.

The LL.M. (International and Comparative Law) is delivered over one academic year. It seeks to promote critical analysis of, and reflection on, different aspects of international law and comparative law. Students on this programme are examined in six modules and will also complete a research dissertation on a topic approved by the Dissertation Director and related to some aspect of international and comparative law.

In the LL.M (International and Comparative Law) we offer students the chance to study from a large range of modules with a broad international and comparative law feel - many of which relate to international and regional human rights. Module offerings may include International and European Human Rights Law, International Humanitarian Law, International Economic Law, Islamic Law, Refugee Law as well as comparative modules relating to, International Aviation Law and Freedom of Expression and Intellectual Property Law. Students may also choose up to two modules from the wide array offered on the LLM (General).

Career Opportunities

This course equips students with the expertise, skills and attributes which are valuable across a wide range of careers, both within and beyond the legal profession, nationally and internationally. Graduates have pursued careers in International and European Human Rights Law, International Economic Law, International Aviation Law, Intellectual Property Law, among others.

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The Law School reserves the right to vary the above list and, in particular, the right to withdraw and add modules. Note that modules are offered in one semester only and timetabling considerations may also restrict choice. Further information on the precise modules available in a given year is available on the LL.M website.

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Course Details

Next Intake

September 2023

Course Director

Professor Desmond Ryan


Closing Date

31st May 2023

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Admission Requirements

Applications are therefore invited from well-qualified graduates who hold a very good Honors Bachelor degree in law or in a law-based interdisciplinary programme.
Applications will also be considered from exceptional graduates in related disciplines in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences who can convincingly demonstrate that their studies have fully prepared them for the LLM.
Assuming that this basic pre-requisite is in place, thereafter admission to the various LLM programmes is at the absolute discretion of the School of Law, which will decide on questions of admission having regard to a wide range of academic criteria, including the quality of the individual application and the objectives of ensuring a diverse LLM class of the highest possible academic calibre. Admission requirements may vary from programme to programme and from year to year.
IMPORTANT - We advise students to apply for this programme as early as possible as admission to the course will be very competitive. The programme is subject to early closure as a result.

Course Fees

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"I knew that I would return to Trinity from the moment I first walked through its front gate in 2016 as a tourist. I fell in love with Trinity’s beautiful and prestigious campus and was made to feel welcome by all of its students. I chose to study the LLM at Trinity for a number of reasons. After reading through the LLM’s overview on Trinity’s website it became really clear to me that, the subjects offered at Trinity really closely aligned with my professional goals and my personal interests. Also, a lot of the subjects offered at Trinity were not offered at other institutions. I was also drawn to the LLM at Trinity because of the way that course was structured, I felt that it provided students with flexibility in choosing from a wide range of subjects whilst also giving them time to focus on their research dissertation. People often ask me what the best part about studying at Trinity College was - and that's a really difficult question to answer. There was no best part, all of it was incredible! I can honestly say that attending Trinity College in Dublin to complete the LLM was one of the best decisions I've ever made. Every morning I would wake up and look forward to attending my classes at Trinity and learning from some of the world's most leading academics. I also really enjoyed being able to attend all of the events held by different societies. Whether it was attending a presentation held by the ICC's first prosecutor, listening to the debating competitions or even being able to be a part of the committee for the law colloquium in 2020, Trinity offered so many opportunities to be involved in student life and that's what made the experience so incredible. Through the LLM experience at Trinity, I was able to connect with many students from around the world whilst also being able to expand my knowledge and my skill set in international law. I am hoping to pursue a career in human rights law. The knowledge and skills that I have gained throughout the LLM have placed me into a position where I am able to apply for jobs that I wasn’t able to prior to completing the LLM. Studying the LLM at Trinity has also opened up a number of other opportunities for me. Through the support and guidance from a number of Trinity lecturers, I am now looking into publishing articles in academic journals. Through Trinity’s mentoring program I was able to connect with a very experienced international criminal lawyer who provided me with some very good career advice and ongoing mentoring.”

Leah Radatti