“A fast moving and expanding area of law delivered by experts in the field.” (Class of 2016–2017)
Eithne Brown, Civil Servant
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.
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 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.
Introduction to Immigration Law in Ireland
David Leonard BL
Entry into the State
Aoife Carroll BL
Permission to Remain in the State
Speaker from INIS, Department of Justice
Lecture from the European Migration Network (EMN)
ERSI Anne Sheridan, EMN Ireland
The Impact on the Constitution on Irish Immigration Law
Conor Power SC
Human Rights Law (1)
Siobhán Stack SC
Human Rights Law (2)
Michael Lynn SC
The Law on International Protection (1)
Patricia Brazil BL
The Law on International Protection (2)
Colm O’Dwyer SC
Judicial Review in Asylum and Immigration Matters
Mark de Blacam SC
Deportation and Repatriation
Sara Moorhead SC
David Conlan Smyth SC
Irish Nationality Law
John Stanley BL, Office of the Attorney General
Working, Conducting Business and Studying in Ireland
Aoife Carroll BL
Immigration Law, Families and Children
Michael Lynn SC
Detention, and criminal and other sanctions
Emily Farrell BL
Social Protection for Third Country Nationals
Derek Shortall BL
Trafficking, People Smuggling and Immigration Fraud
Colin Smith BL
Lecture from the Human Trafficking Investigation & Co–ordination Unit, GNIB
Round–up of the course and guidance on assessment technique
David Leonard BL
Round–table discussion on Immigration Law
To be awarded the Advanced Diploma in Immigration and Asylum Law a participant will be required to successfully complete two written assignments.
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.
We are now taking applications for this course.
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.