Advanced Diploma in Immigration and Asylum Law

Last Updated: Monday, April 12, 2021


Since the mid–1990s Ireland has experienced a ‘sea change’ in the social and policy landscapes in this sector. This has arisen in the context of significant inward migration to this country and an unprecedented inflow of international–protection applications, both from individuals and family groups from all over the world.

A substantial national jurisprudence in the area of asylum and immigration law has developed. This case law deals with the meaning, domestic effect, and application of primary and secondary legislation, statements of policy, the Refugee Convention, the European Convention on Human Rights, and EU law. In the wider European context, there is a large and growing corpus of European Court of Human Rights and European Court of Justice case law in this important and fast–moving area of law.


This unique Diploma course will provide participants with an overview of the main components of immigration and asylum law in Ireland including a practical knowledge of the State’s application processing regimes in this area. It will also address key legal issues regarding the processing of individual immigration, asylum, and visa applications.


The Diploma will appeal to public sector and NGO employees, legal practitioners, academic and government researchers, industry, policy–makers and regulators.


The coordinator of the course is David Leonard BL.


Delivery is in part–time mode through the medium of lectures and seminars, presented by leading practitioners in the area. The course will take place over a period of 20 weeks, taking place on Wednesday mornings 8.30 am – 9.50 am. The course concludes with an evening round–table discussion.

Course Start Date: October 2021 – date to be confirmed

All class notes are available online. Online tutorials and IT support are available to help students navigate their way through our Library and legal–resource databases. 

Course Content – 2021–2022 schedule not confirmed

  • Introduction to Immigration Law in Ireland
  • Entry into the State
  • Permission to Remain in the State
  • Lecture from the European Migration Network (EMN)
  • The Impact on the Constitution on Irish Immigration Law
  • Human Rights Law 1
  • Human Rights Law 2
  • The Law on International Protection 1
  • The Law on International Protection 2
  • Judicial Review in Asylum and Immigration Matters
  • Deportation and Repatriation
  • EU Law
  • Irish Nationality Law
  • Working, Conducting Business and Studying in Ireland
  • Immigration Law, Families and Children
  • Detention, and criminal and other sanctions
  • Social Protection for Third Country Nationals
  • Trafficking, People Smuggling and Immigration Fraud
  • Lecture from the Human Trafficking Investigation & Co–ordination Unit, GNIB
  • Round–up of the course and guidance on assessment technique
  • Round–table discussion on Immigration Law

Previous speakers on the course include:

  • David Leonard BL
  • Aoife Carroll BL
  • Speaker from INIS, Department of Justice
  • ERSI Anne Sheridan, EMN Ireland
  • Conor Power SC
  • Siobhán Stack SC
  • Michael Lynn SC
  • Patricia Brazil BL
  • Colm O’Dwyer SC
  • Mark de Blacam SC
  • Sara Moorhead SC
  • David Conlan Smyth SC
  • John Stanley BL, Office of the Attorney General
  • Michael Lynn SC
  • Emily Farrell SC
  • Derek Shortall SC
  • Colin Smith BL


To be awarded the Advanced Diploma in Immigration and Asylum Law a participant will be required to successfully complete two written assignments.

Provisional assessment schedules: Assignment 1 will be released at the end of term one and assignment 2 will be released closer to the end of term 2.

Course Fee 2021–2022

Course fee: €2,550. View fee structure and other charges here.

Barrister–at–Law graduates who are subscribing members to King’s Inns receive a 10% discount on this course. View more information here.

How do I Apply?

There are no admission requirements for this course. 

Application Deadline: 

Applications open on Thursday, 29 April 2021

Your place on the course will not be secured until payment is received in full.

Payment can be made through the application portal using your credit / debit card. If your employer is paying for your studies, you will require a PO number, the name and email address for the person responsible for payment in your organisation. The invoice will issue directly to the person whose details you enter. You will also be able to download a copy of the invoice through the application portal.

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Gerard Cronin

“Excellent course with content extremely relevant to those working in the area of international protection. Balanced course content delivered by renowned experts in their respective fields, which provides students an important insight into the procedural arrangements and obligations of the State and the subsequent requirements of the applicant and their representatives.” (Class of 2019–2020)

Gerard Cronin, Higher Executive Officer / International Protection Officer

Eithne Brown

“A fast moving and expanding area of law delivered by experts in the field.” (Class of 2016–2017)

Eithne Brown, Civil Servant