Ireland Program

Limerick, Ireland and Dublin, Ireland | July 3-23, 2016

The University of Kansas 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. Seven students participated in the program in 2015.

For more information, please contact Professor Stephen McAllister at

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Course Descriptions 

  • International Civil Litigation​
    (1 credit) Professor Laura Hines
    To function in an era of increasing globalization, lawyers must know how to handle transnational legal disputes, including an understanding of how foreign courts function. This course will include international, transnational and comparative perspectives on the following topics: Access to Justice, Pleading Requirements, Discovery, the American Jury, Personal Jurisdiction, Service Upon Foreign Defendants, Jurisdiction of Cases Involving Aliens, Choice of Law and Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments.
  • Law, Technology and Social Change in the US and Europe
    (1 credit) Professor Raymond Friel
    This course will examine the challenges facing the legal systems of both the US and the European Union in light of the rapid and extensive advances in technology that are changing the society we live in on a daily basis. The mass introduction of new technology is colliding with traditional legal frameworks that are increasingly incapable of providing adequate responses. This course will look at both regulatory and judicially-created, liability-driven responses to these events. A comparative analysis of these responses between the US and the European Union will provide new insights into cultural and systemic differences in approach. The course will explore:
  • Autonomous technologies: from assisted driver safety systems to the autonomous self-driving car to autonomous weapons and robot soldiers. This section of the course will cover the proposed regulatory frameworks and potential judicial responses to the increasing automated decision processes in much of the new technology.
  • Intrusive technologies: from drones to the "internet of things” to built-in communication back doors. This section of the course will cover issues of privacy and data collection, processing and security including cross jurisdictional transfers.
  • Creationist technologies: from cloning to medical treatments to genetic manipulation. This section of the course will examine the quickly developing law behind manipulation of the basic building blocks to life and its commercialization, paying particular attention to the legislative approach in the UK.
  • Socio-legal responses: finally, the course will examine general trends in society that reflect an increasing accommodation with new technology and the issue as to whether the legal environment is responding quickly enough to meet these demands.
  • 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 with the laws of foreign allies such as France, Germany, the United Kingdom and Ireland. The course will be divided into four primary sections:
    • Attacking terrorists overseas: definition and classification of terrorism and terrorists; justifying military versus law enforcement responses; 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.
    • Information control and secrecy: attempts to control the flow of information on counter terror tactics, including the so called wiki leaks and Julian Assange stand-off.

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.


  • Raymond Friel, School of Law, 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. Currently he is Director of Research at the School of Law and Director of the International Commercial and Economic Law Centre. He is Principal Investigator on the legal data environment for an EU research project on autonomous automobile safety systems with a total fund of nearly €5 million and a variety of partners including Honda motor vehicles.
  • Laura Hines, Professor of Law at the University of Kansas, teaches Civil Procedure, Complex Litigation and Remedies. Her scholarship examines the intersection of procedure and tort law, with a focus on aggregate litigation. Hines’ articles have appeared in the George Washington Law Review, Emory Law Journal, Wake Forest Law Review, Indiana Law Journal and other leading publications. She has consulted or testified as an expert on class certification law in several mass tort class action cases. Before joining KU, Hines was a litigation associate at the Washington, D.C., offices of Arnold & Porter, and clerked for Chief Justice Donald P. Lay of the United States Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit. She is a graduate of Brown University and the University of Michigan Law School, where she served as a note editor on the Michigan Law Review.​

Admission Requirements

Open to all students who have completed the first-year curriculum in good standing at an ABA-accredited law school. Applicants should submit an application by March 15, 2015. 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).


Please refer to the Office of Study Abroad's website for a breakdown of costs for this program.


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.

Ireland Contact

Professor Ray Friel
School of Law
Foundation Building, University of Limerick
Castletroy, Limerick
Phone: + 353 61 202348

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