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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 2017 Galway, Ireland, Study-Abroad Program

The 2017 program will take place June 18–July 28, 2017. 


Students posed for a group photo before enjoying a dinner cruise on the River Corrib.

Students posed for a group photo before enjoying a dinner cruise on the River Corrib.

For information on the 2017 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, Mitchell | Hamline School of Law, and South Texas College of Law Houston, and —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 US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who taught in 2014 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 US 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 five 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, participants came from nine different law schools, including the four sponsoring American law schools.


National University of Ireland, Galway, quadrangle

National University of Ireland, Galway, quadrangle


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. The world-famous Galway Arts Festival, which features visual and performing arts and a parade, takes place for two weeks each summer in the city center.

Additional Information

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