Advanced Diploma in Immigration and Asylum Law

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 asylum 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 a number of key legal issues in relation to the processing of individual immigration, asylum and visa applications. 


  • Main components of law on immigration and asylum in Ireland
  • Entry into the State
  • Permission to remain in the State
  • The impact of the Constitution on Irish Immigration Law
  • Human Rights Law – including the impact of the European Convention on Human Rights and the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union
  • Law on international protection – including refugee status and subsidiary protection
  • Judicial review in asylum and immigration matters
  • Deportation and repatriation
  • EU law on free movement
  • Irish Nationality Law
  • Working, conducting business and studying in Ireland
  • Immigration law, families and children
  • Criminal and other sanctions
  • Welfare provisions for migrants and asylum seekers
  • Trafficking, people smuggling and immigration fraud
  • The perspective of the Garda National Immigration Bureau


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 21 weeks on Wednesday mornings 8.30 – 9.50 am. Free parking and refreshments will be provided for participants. The course concludes with an evening round–table discussion.

Course Start Date: Wednesday 26 October 2016.


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


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


Fees can be viewed here


Applications should be emailed to or sent to Admissions, The Honorable Society of King’s inns, Henrietta Street, Dublin 1.

Applications are made here.


  • David Conlan Smyth SC
  • Mark de Blacam SC
  • Michael Lynn SC
  • Sara Moorhead SC
  • Colm O’Dwyer SC
  • Conor Power SC
  • Siobhán Stack SC
  • Patricia Brazil BL
  • Aoife Carroll BL
  • Emily Farrell BL
  • Aoife Gillespie BL
  • David Leonard BL
  • Colin Smith BL
  • A representative of INIS, Department of Justice and Equality
  • Representatives of the Garda National Immigration Bureau

Please note that lecturers are subject to change. 



Sara Kearney

“The Advanced Diploma in Immigration and Asylum Law equipped me with invaluable and in–depth training in the area. I would highly recommend the course to colleagues working in the field of immigration and asylum law.” (Class of 2015–2016)

Sara Kearney, Solicitor.