The Human Rights Centre is the focus for the teaching and organisation of the Law School’s active LLM Programme in Human Rights. See Photo Gallery
This programme now comprises four different LL.M programmes and welcomes students from all parts of the globe, and from very different backgrounds, including people already working as lawyers or with statutory or civil society human rights organisations.
The Centre’s involvement in the study of Human Rights and its links with organisations working in the field allows it to offer many advantages to our students.
Belfast is host to many statutory and non-governmental organisations working in the Human Rights and Equality areas. The Centre has organised visits to organisations such as the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People and the Human Rights Commission. These and other institutions including the Equality Commission (www.equalityni.org) offer facilities for research and other work, and are always open to inquiries from our students.
Placements with statutory bodies such as the NI Human Rights Commission, and non-governmental organisations such as the Law Centre NI are important recent initiatives.
The Centre has also organised activities for LLM students including visits to Human Rights institutions in Strasbourg and Geneva.
LLM students have played a major part in working on the Centre’s publications on the state of human rights in Northern Ireland and have gone on to work as researchers in the School of Law and Human Rights Centre.
The Centre participates in the Utrecht Network of Human Rights Centre and the Venice based Masters in Human Rights and Democratisation . The Centre and Law School also has links with universities in India, Canada, the United States, South Africa, and Ghana, among others.
The Centre provides a vibrant research atmosphere which makes for a rich time studying human rights at Queen’s University. In return, the LL.M. students make a very important contribution to the work of the Human Rights Centre and enrich the postgraduate learning experience.
|Carol Staunton a NIHRC internee with Minister Dermot Ahern|
|Students on Strasbourg trip|
LLM student visit to the Northern Irish Human Rights Commission, organised by Peter O’Neill (NIHRC) and Rory O’Connell (QUB), Oct. 25, 2006.