Ireland Program

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

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.

For more information, please contact Professor Stephen McAllister at

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Course Descriptions from 2015 Session

  • 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.
  • Introduction to the International Legal System/Compelling Comparative Law Controversies
    (1 credit) Professor Patricia C. Kuszler
    This course is divided into two components. First, it will provide an introduction to the International Legal System. This component, which will occur during the Limerick portion of the summer program, will focus on how international law has evolved and is created, the concept of statehood, and states’ role in the International Organizations. This part of the course is designed to complement Professor Friel's' and Professor Yung’s courses in US Counter-Terrorism Law in an International Context and Introduction to Criminal Courts. The second component of the course, which will occur during our time in Dublin, will focus on individual rights in the international and comparative contexts. We will first consider international human rights generally and then move on to examine two controversial issues in both Ireland and the U.S.: determination of parenthood in the age of assisted reproductive technology and gay marriage. The latter is currently scheduled for U.S. Supreme Court argument in April 2015 and for an Irish referendum vote in May 2015.
  • Introduction to International Criminal Courts
    (1 credit) Professor Corey Rayburn Yung
    This course will explore international criminal forums with a particular focus on the International Criminal Court (ICC), the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), and International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). The course will cover the jurisdiction of the ICC, its procedures, and select recent cases. Discussion of the ICC will include the policy rationales for its creation and the refusal of the United States to the sign the treaty.

Faculty (2015)

  • 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.
  • Patricia C. Kuszler is a graduate of Mayo Medical School (MD, 1978) and Yale Law School (JD, 1991). She joined the faculty of the School of Law at the University of Washington in 1994 and is currently the vice dean of the School of Law and the Charles I. Stone Professor of Law. In her capacity as vice dean, she oversees all of the law school’s academic programs, including J.D., graduate, joint, and interdisciplinary curricula; all academic centers/institutes; and development of all new academic programs. She also serves as faculty director of the school’s Center for Law, Science and Global Health. In addition to her law faculty appointment, Kuszler is an adjunct professor in the UW School of Medicine (Department of Bioethics and Humanities), the School of Public Health, and core faculty in the University’s Institute for Public Health Genetics. Kuszler's teaching and research interests include the impact of law and regulation on health care delivery, health care finance, research standards and misconduct, health and human rights, disability law, public health law in the age of bioterrorism, global and comparative health law, and the legal, ethical and policy issues presented by genetic information and the biotechnology industry.
  • Corey Rayburn Yung is a professor of law at the University of Kansas, where his teaching and research focus on criminal law, sex crimes, and judicial decision-making. His scholarship has been cited by several federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court in Kennedy v. Louisiana. Yung is regularly consulted by the media and has been quoted in the Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post, among other news media.

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.

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