Advanced Diploma in Immigration and Asylum Law

Covid–19 Course Changes

All students will have the option of completing the entire course fully through distance learning in the academic year 2020–2021. Course materials and lectures will be available via our accessible Virtual Learning Environment. Students will also have access to a range of online legal databases and resources.

King’s Inns has the capacity to run all classes for the entire academic year using online learning systems if need be and has invested in technology and training in order to ensure that the student learning experience during 2020–2021 will remain at the highest possible standard, whether teaching takes place online or in person.

In order to ensure the safety of students and staff, this course will be delivered fully online for all students until December 2020, with all teaching (including an interactive introduction to the course and an interactive tutorial) taking place online.

A decision as to whether the teaching for Hilary Term (starting January 2021) will take place in person or via online or blended learning will be made by the end of the previous term.

We know that social interaction with fellow students and expert speakers is an integral part of the King’s Inns experience, and we hope to offer students the option to attend classes in person from January 2021 if they wish and if public health conditions at the time permit. Lectures will continue to be recorded and all students will have the option to continue online attendance from then onwards. If it is not possible to permit in–person attendance from January, or at any point thereafter, teaching will continue online. It may be necessary for King’s Inns to revise or amend its approach at any time during the academic year based on the prevailing public health advice, and in so doing the safety of students and staff will be a key consideration. This means that it is possible that we might recommence in–person teaching only to be obliged to revert to online teaching only, should public health considerations warrant such a change.

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 AND 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. In the first term, lectures will be posted online weekly. From January, assuming teaching in person is possible, classes will take place on Wednesday mornings 8.30–9.50am. The course concludes with an evening round–table discussion.

Course Start Date: Wednesday 14 October 2020

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 

  • 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

Assessment

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

Course fee: €2,350. View King’s Inns fee structure 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: Extended to midnight on Monday, 28 September 2020.

Apply here

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?

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