A three-week program totaling 5 (semester) hours of ABA-approved credit.  The one-week modules include:

  • Human Rights Law (in Belfast)
  • Law of the European Union (in Dublin)
  • International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution (in Dublin)

In Dublin, classes will meet at the Trinity College Dublin, Ireland's historic university.
In Belfast, classes will meet at the Queen's University

Class Schedule

To maximize the free time of the students' weekends, classes meet:

  • Tuesdays- Fridays 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Mondays 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Students will take a comprehensive written examination on the last day of class.
Student evaluation and grading are entirely within the discretion of Duquesne University. For students attending Duquesne University, the grade in this course will not count toward your grade point average; it will, however, count toward your graduation credits. For students not attending Duquesne University, acceptance of any credit or grade given for the program is at the discretion of the student's home school. It is highly unlikely that participation in this program will accelerate graduation. Students who wish to accelerate graduation should contact their home school.

Site Visits

In addition to the classroom program, an opening and closing dinner and a number of professional and cultural excursions are included at no additional cost. In and around Belfast, these include the government Assembly at Stormont, touring the Ecclesiastical Capital City Armagh and taking a day-long tour of the North Coast to see the Giant's Causeway, Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge, and a visit to the Bushmills Distillery.

In Dublin, these include visits to the parliament and local courts and an optional hike around the Howth Peninsula.

Course Descriptions

Human Rights Law

This program is a survey in the domestic and international law of human rights, with particular examples from the Irish conflicts and the Principles of the European Convention on Human Rights. This program will examine the law governing basic human rights at both the national and international levels, with particular emphasis on the law of human rights in Ireland. This program is taught by Dr. Bernadette Rainey of the faculty of law at Cardiff University

International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution

International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution This program is a survey of the various international dispute resolution processes, including negotiation, mediation, arbitration and hybrid processes. Areas where arbitration has proved especially effective include building and civil engineering contracts; shipping; imports, exports and international trade; foreign investment agreements; commodities trading; partnership disputes; insurance contracts; intellectual property agreements; and commercial leases. There is a growth in the use of arbitration as a means of resolving disputes both at domestic level and at an international level. The program will be taught by Associate Dean Brian Hutchinson of the University College Dublin Faculty of Law.

Law of the European Union

This program is a survey of both the public and private aspects of European Union law, including the constitutive treaties, directives, regulations and court decisions, the domestic implementation of European Union ! law, the Union's legal relationships outside of the Union, the expansion of the Union, the institutions of the union, and the unique concepts of shared sovereignty between the member states and the Union. This program will be taught by Dr. Gavin Barrett of the Faculty of Law, University College, Dublin.

Should Americans Care Whether the UK is an EU Member?

Dr. Kirk W. Junker, Coordinator of International Programs for Duquesne University School of Law

On his recent visit to Duquesne, he spoke to our student body about the Brexit and it's impact, or not, on the United States. Listen to Dr. Junker's enlightening presentation.