Advanced Diploma in Immigration and Asylum Law

Course now available via blended learning from 2017.

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.

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

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 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.

This course will also be available via blended learning, with most classes recorded using e–learning software and made available to students for streaming via our student intranet system. This means that, while all students are welcome and encouraged to attend class in person, some 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. Lecture videos require an internet connection to be streamed.

Attendance in person will be required for registration and the first class on Wednesday 18 October 2017 and for the final round–table discussion session on 25th April (NB date to be confirmed).

Course Start Date: Wednesday 18 October 2017

Application Deadline: Monday 9 October 2017

Please note that the schedule below is provisional for 2017/18. 

Week No.

Date

Topic

Speaker 

1.

18.10.17

Introduction to Immigration Law in Ireland 

David Leonard BL

2.

25.10.17

Entry into the State

Aoife Carroll BL

3.

01.11.17

Permission to Remain in the State 

Speaker from INIS, Department of Justice 

4.

08.11.17

The Impact on the Constitution on Irish Immigration Law

Conor Power SC

5.

15.11.17

Human Rights Law (1)

Siobhan Stack SC 

6.

22.11.17

Human Rights Law (2)

Michael Lynn SC 

7.

29.11.17

The Law on International Protection (1)

Patricia Brazil BL 

8.

06.12.17

The Law on International Protection (2)

Colm O’Dwyer SC 

9.

13.12.17

Judicial Review in Asylum and Immigration Matters 

Mark de Blacam SC

10.

17.01.18

Deportation and Repatriation 

Sara Moorhead SC

11.

24.01.18

EU Law

David Conlan Smyth SC

12.

31.01.18

Irish Nationality Law

John Stanley BL, Office of the Attorney General 

13.

07.02.18

Working, Conducting Business and Studying in Ireland 

Aoife Carroll BL

14.

14.02.18

Immigration Law, Families and Children 

Michael Lynn SC

15.

21.02.18

Criminal and Other Sanctions 

Emily Farrell BL

16.

28.02.18

Social Protection for Third Country Nationals 

Derek Shortall BL

17.

07.03.18

Trafficking, People Smuggling and Immigration Fraud 

Conor Smith BL

18.

14.03.18

Lecture from the Garda National Immigration Bureau 

Representative of GNIB (name TBC)

19.

21.03.18

Round–up of the course and guidance on assessment technique 

David Leonard BL

20.

25.04.18

Round–table discussion on Immigration Law – date provisional 

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ASSESSMENT

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

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

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

FEES

Fees can be viewed here

HOW TO APPLY

Applications are made here.

LECTURERS INCLUDE

  • 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
  • David Leonard BL
  • Derek Shortall BL
  • Colin Smith BL
  • John Stanley 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. 

 

TESTIMONIALS FROM PAST STUDENTS

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