Advanced Diploma in Immigration and Asylum Law

Course available through blended / online distance learning.

Since Covid–19 restrictions came into force on March 12, this course was delivered 100% online through our accessible Virtual Learning Environment. Read about the recent changes here

King’s Inns will continue to offer this course online for 2020/2021 until it is safe to deliver in person as well on campus. Attending classes in person will be optional.

We know social interaction with fellow students, lecturers and visiting speakers is an integral part of the King’s Inns experience and once a safe opportunity presents, we will invite students back on campus.

Introduction 

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.

PROGRAMME AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

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. 

WHO IS THE COURSE FOR?

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

LEAD LECTURER / COURSE DIRECTOR

The coordinator of the course is David Leonard BL.

COURSE CONTENT AND DELIVERY

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 on Wednesday mornings 8.30–9.50am. The course concludes with an evening round–table discussion.

Course Start Date: Wednesday 14 October 2020 (provisional) 

Application Deadline: Friday 25 September 2020

This course will also be available via blended online learning, with classes recorded using e–learning software and made available to students for streaming via our Virtual Learning Environment. This means that, while all students are welcome to attend class in person, most of the sessions will be recorded so that students who are based outside Dublin or who are otherwise unable to attend can catch up on the material by streaming the video in their own time.  

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

Complimentary parking and refreshments are provided to participants attending in person.

Please note that the schedule below is provisional. 

Week No.

Date

Topic

Speaker 

1.

14.10.20

Introduction to Immigration Law in Ireland 

David Leonard BL

2.

 

Entry into the State

Aoife Carroll BL

3.

 

Permission to Remain in the State 

Speaker from INIS, Department of Justice 

4.

 

Lecture from the European Migration Network (EMN)

ERSI Anne Sheridan, EMN Ireland

5.

 

The Impact on the Constitution on Irish Immigration Law

Conor Power SC

6.

 

Human Rights Law (1)

Siobhán Stack SC 

7.

 

Human Rights Law (2)

Michael Lynn SC 

8.

 

The Law on International Protection (1)

Patricia Brazil BL 

9.

 

The Law on International Protection (2)

Colm O’Dwyer SC 

10.

 

Judicial Review in Asylum and Immigration Matters 

Mark de Blacam SC

11.

 

Deportation and Repatriation 

Sara Moorhead SC

12.

 

EU Law

David Conlan Smyth SC

13.

 

Irish Nationality Law

John Stanley BL, Office of the Attorney General 

14.

 

Working, Conducting Business and Studying in Ireland 

Aoife Carroll BL

15.

 

Immigration Law, Families and Children 

Michael Lynn SC

16.

 

Detention, and criminal and other sanctions 

Emily Farrell BL

17.

 

Social Protection for Third Country Nationals 

Derek Shortall BL

18.

 

Trafficking, People Smuggling and Immigration Fraud 

Colin Smith BL

19.

 

Lecture from the Human Trafficking Investigation & Co–ordination Unit, GNIB

 

20.

 

Round–up of the course and guidance on assessment technique 

David Leonard BL

21.

 

Round–table discussion on Immigration Law

.

Assessment

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

Course Fee

Total cost of course: €2,350. 

Fee structure can be viewed here

BL graduates who are subscribing members to King’s Inns receive a 10% discount on this course. Click here for more information. 

How do I Apply?

We are now taking applications for this course. 

Apply here

There is no admission requirements for this course. 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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WHAT DO PREVIOUS STUDENTS SAY?

Eithne Brown

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

Eithne Brown, Civil Servant

Gary Daly

“An excellent and well structured course with a very high standard and quality of lecturing.” (Class of 2016–2017)

Gary Daly, Solicitor