Ireland Program

Limerick, Ireland and Dublin, Ireland

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 Trinity College Dublin in the heart of Dublin’s Temple Bar area. Students will tour some of Ireland’s most scenic spots, including a weekend in Galway.

Financial aid and scholarships are available.

For more information, please contact Professor Laura Hines at

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  • Comparative (International) Family Law (1 credit) 
    This course will survey the law surrounding marriage and the family as the basic social unit in various societies around the world. Topics may include marriage, divorce, alimony, child custody and support,  adoption, and legitimacy of children.
  • Law, Technology and Social Change in the US and Europe (1 credit)
    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.

Specifically, the course will look at:

  • 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 the 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) 
    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.
  • Melanie DeRousse, University of Kansas School of Law, serves as both a clinical associate professor and director of KU Law’s Douglas County Legal Aid Clinic. DeRousse’s responsibilities as director are to refine, develop and promote the clinic’s educational focus, to seek out funding and relationships that will assist in the clinic’s mission, and to teach student-attorneys the art of competent, client-centered lawyering with an emphasis on access to justice. Her scholarly interests focus on the intersection of state and family, particularly in the context of poverty, public health and child welfare. Before joining the KU Law faculty, DeRousse was an attorney at Legal Services of Eastern Missouri Inc., where she focused her civil practice on the legal needs of survivors of intimate partner violence. She also clerked for the Hon. Kathianne Knaup Crane at the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District. She joined the KU Law faculty in 2015.

Admission Requirements

Open to all KU Law students who have completed the first-year curriculum in good standing.

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, they 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 the student's 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 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

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