The Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights was established by the Faculty of Law, U.C.C. in 2006. The Centre seeks to contribute to national and international debates on these questions, through the promotion of cutting edge interdisciplinary research, innovative programmes of legal education and training, and key partnerships with Government, statutory bodies, civil society and international organisations.


The study of crime, justice and human rights raises complex and often challenging questions for lawyers and policy makers. Research at the Centre is informed by legal practice and clinical education underpins the mission of the Centre. The Centre builds on the success of innovative postgraduate degree programmes in the Law Faculty including the LLM Criminal Justice (Clinical) and the LLM  International Human Rights Law and Public Policy. UCC Law Faculty has achieved an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research in the fields of crime, justice and human rights and has attracted a vibrant and dynamic group of PhD students and researchers.


  Aims of the Centre


  • To pursue innovative and interdisciplinary research into crime, justice and human rights and to produce scholarship of excellence in these fields;
  • To engage with and contribute to debates on law reform and policy development at national and international levels;
  • To develop innovative legal education, capacity building, training and outreach programs;
  • To foster a community of researchers in the field of crime, justice and human rights and to provide opportunities for postgraduate students and new career entrants.


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