Ireland Program

Limerick, Ireland and Dublin, Ireland | July 6-25, 2014

The University of Kansas/University of Washington Ireland Program takes students to three of Ireland's most interesting communities. The first two weeks of classes will be held on the beautiful campus of the University of Limerick, a relatively new Irish university located on the banks of the Shannon River. The final week will be held at the famous University College Dublin, a short bus ride from Dublin's city center. The first weekend will feature a tour of some of Western Ireland's most scenic spots followed by a visit to the swinging Western city of Galway. The second weekend will include two nights in city center Dublin, a pub dinner for all, and a "legal Dublin" tour of prominent Irish legal institutions.

An application for the Ireland Study Abroad Program is available here. For more information, please contact Professor Mike Davis at or Stephen McAllister at

Course Descriptions

  • Introduction to the International Legal System
    (1 credit) Professors Melissa Durkee and Hugh Spitzer
    This course will survey the sources of international law, the participants in the international legal system, and the incorporation of international law in the domestic law of several countries. The course will begin with two case studies that illuminate how participants in the contemporary international system use legal processes to help resolve disputes and facilitate cooperation. The course will then briefly survey the main sources of international law — treaties and international custom — and explore the roles of various players in the system, principally nation-states and international organizations. Finally, the course will examine the application of international law in the domestic law of the United States and select countries within the European Union. We will also briefly touch on issues of secession and the break-up of states (including Ireland’s secession from the United Kingdom).
  • Landmark Supreme Court Cases in a Comparative Perspective
    (1 credit) Professor Stephen McAllister
    This course will consider a number of landmark U.S. Supreme Court decisions, exploring in depth the stories behind the cases, as well as comparing the applicable U.S. legal doctrines and outcomes with the ways other countries have analyzed the same or analogous constitutional issues. The goals of the course are (1) to get students to "look behind" the Supreme Court's opinion in a sample of important cases, and (2) to bring an international and comparative perspective to the way that important constitutional issues might be analyzed around the world.
  • U.S. Counter-Terrorism Law in an International Context
    (1 credit) Professor Raymond Friel
    This course will look at U.S. counterterrorism law from the perspective of other jurisdictions, in particular signatories to the European Convention on Human Rights. It will look at how the evolution of U.S. counterterrorism law particularly after 9/11, and its subsequent extension overseas, has conflicted, in varying degrees, with the laws of foreign allies such as France, Germany, the United Kingdom and Ireland. The course will be divided into three primary sections:
    • Attacking terrorists overseas: definition and classification of terrorism and terrorists; justifying military versus law enforcement actions; the use of targeted killings and lethal drones in foreign jurisdictions.
    • Detecting and preventing terrorism: international and domestic surveillance under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and privacy concerns in European law; monitoring international commercial and financial transactions for terrorist links.
    • Detaining, interrogating and prosecuting terrorists: habeas corpus for non US citizens; US interrogation standards and the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR); extradition between the US and EU jurisdictions; extraordinary rendition.
    The course will also contrast the use of similar laws in the United Kingdom when dealing with terrorist activities in Northern Ireland, particularly between 1969 and today.


  • Melissa Durkee is an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Washington. Durkee teaches and writes in the areas of business law and international law, with particular emphasis on international governance and transnational regulation. Before entering academia, Durkee practiced international litigation and arbitration in New York, representing multinational and sovereign entities, and clerked on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and in the Southern District of New York. She received her J.D. from Yale Law School in 2004.
  • Raymond Friel, University of Limerick, graduated from the Faculty of Law, University College Cork, Ireland in 1984 and from the University of Exeter, England in 1986 with an LL.M. in European Law. He joined the faculty at the law school in Limerick in 1989. He served as head of the School of Law there from 1996 to 2002. In 2007, he was re-appointed head of the Law School until 2010. He is the author of several monographs and has published widely in the sphere of commercial and European law.
  • Stephen McAllister is the E.S. & Tom W. Hampton Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Kansas. He teaches Civil Rights Actions, Constitutional Law, State Constitutional Law, and Torts. Prior to joining the KU Law faculty, McAllister clerked for Justices Byron White and Clarence Thomas at the Supreme Court of the United States and Judge Richard Posner at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. He currently serves as the Solicitor General of Kansas, assisting the attorney general's office with important constitutional litigation.
  • Hugh Spitzer is a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Washington, where he teaches both state and federal constitutional law, local government law, classical Roman law, and professional responsibility. He has also taught comparative and international law. Spitzer has written on a range of local government law and constitutional law topics, including comparative federalism. He received his B.A. from Yale University in 1970, a J.D. from the University of Washington in 1974, and an LL.M. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1982.

Admission Requirements

Open to all students who have completed the first-year curriculum at an ABA-accredited law school. Applicants should submit an application by March 15, 2012. Students not attending the University of Kansas or the University of Washington must submit a $55 non-refundable application fee payable by check to the "University of Kansas" for their application to be complete. Late applications are considered. A $300 non-refundable deposit is due within two weeks after the student is accepted. If the program exceeds its cap of 35 U.S. law students, applicants will be placed on a waiting list with preference to early applicants.

Students should consult their home schools about transfer of credits and grading requirements for transfer of credits. Students should understand that it is unlikely that participation in a foreign summer program may be used to accelerate graduation. Students interested in acceleration should consult their home school to review this issue in light of ABA Standard 304. Students who do not attend the University of Kansas must submit a letter of good standing from their law school registrar or dean.

Grades are determined based on a written final examination in each course in accordance with KU Law grading procedures. Available grades are A (4.0), A- (3.7), B+ (3.3), B (3.0), B- (2.7), C+ (2.3), C (2.0), C- (1.7), D+ (1.3), D (1.0), D- (.7) and F (0).


The approximate cost of the program will be $4,800, which includes tuition, fees, all in-country housing, course materials, and special events (including transportation). Additional personal expenses will include a round-trip flight, trips to and from airports, and most meals and entertainment.


Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from Ireland. Once enrolled, students will receive an informational packet with information on airline options, travel options in Ireland, and points of interest. The packet also includes general information about living in Ireland for three weeks. Students should not book travel until they receive an acceptance package.


Housing at the University of Limerick will be on campus. The campus features a number of amenities, including ATMs, laundry and dry cleaning, a bookstore and three active pubs. Housing during the Galway and Dublin-center excursions will be at hostels unless the student makes his/her own arrangements. Housing during the final course week will be on campus at University College Dublin.


Students must notify the University of Kansas by letter or email of their intent to withdraw from the program. If a student withdraws after being accepted for the program, s/he will be liable for the program deposit plus any non-recoverable expenses incurred on the participant's behalf. Students are responsible for any and all costs arising out of his/her own voluntary or involuntary withdrawal from the program prior to its completion, including withdrawal caused by illness or disciplinary action by representatives of the University of Kansas. The sponsoring school reserves the right to cancel the program for any reason, including insufficient enrollment. In the unlikely event of a cancellation, notices will be sent to all students by May 16, 2012, and all money will be refunded.

Financial Aid

Please inquire about the possibility of financial aid and scholarships with your law school's study abroad coordinator.

Health And Liability Insurance

The sponsoring school is not responsible for student's medical care or expenses in case of illness or accident. All students are strongly urged to obtain health insurance that will cover them while outside the United States.

Students with Disabilities

Facilities in Limerick are generally not as accessible to individuals with disabilities as are facilities within the United States. Individuals with special needs should contact the program director to arrange for special accommodations.

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