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University College Dublin
Dates to Remember

Applications Due:
  Friday, February 14, 2014
Interviews:
  February 19-26, 2014
Decisions:
  March 3, 2014
Accepted Students Meeting:
  March 17, 2014

University College Dublin is Ireland’s largest and most richly diversified university.  UCD traces its origins to the Catholic University of Ireland, founded in 1854 by Cardinal John Henry Newman, author of the celebrated text “The Idea of a University”.  The UCD’s key initiatives include providing a top-notch education with the resources, programming, training opportunities and innovation needed to be a leading institution in Europe.

With over 23,000 students UCD offers over 70 degree courses and doctoral degrees in seven different practice areas.  The 320 acre campus provides a unique mix of academic facilities, research institutes, library and archival collections. UCD is rich in tradition and scholarship and situated just 5km outside the city center, one of Europe's fastest growing cosmopolitan urban areas.

Program Duration

Students choosing to study at University College Dublin can opt to attend the university for the full academic year or for one semester in the fall or spring.

Cultural Enrichment

Dublin, the capital city of the Republic of Ireland, enjoys one of the best settings of any European city.  Stretching around the wide expanse of Dublin Bay, few parts of the city are far from the sights and smells of the sea, while many center-city streets seem to end in a vista of mountains.

Cosmopolitan in its origins, Dublin arose originally from a Viking settlement.  Being the principal city of Ireland for most of its 1000 year history, Dublin experienced a period of rapid expansion in the eighteenth century, when it attained the status of one of Europe's great cities, with magnificent squares and stately public buildings.  Much of the elegance of that period is conserved in and around Trinity. 

Small by present-day international standards, Dublin nevertheless has the resources of a capital city with a full and varied cultural and intellectual life.  Both the National Museum and the National Gallery are within a few hundred yards of Trinity College.  In the work of its writers, playwrights, actors and musicians, Dublin is exceptional.  It is renowned particularly for its theatrical life, whether in established theatres such as the Abbey and the Gate, or in a small experimental theatre, including Trinity’s Players.  In the literary field, the contribution of  Dubliners has been outstanding with Jonathan Swift, Oliver Goldsmith, Oscar Wilde, Bernard Shaw, W.B. Yeats, James Joyce and Samuel Beckett as some of the most prominent names.  A particular feature of Dublin life is the tradition of live music, from street busking to the National Concert Hall and the singing pubs in which traditional music still flourishes.

With one of the youngest populations of Europe’s major cities, Dublin offers an unusually congenial atmosphere for students.  While the economic upsurge of recent years has brought a proliferation of fashionable boutiques and expensive restaurants, there are many second-hand bookshops, street markets, fast food outlets and ethnic eateries of all kinds, many located in the revitalized Temple Bar area opposite the front entrance to the College.

The program at the University College of Dublin is designed to give students a chance to study International Human Rights Law, European Law, Commercial Law, Intellectual Property/Information Technology and Criminal Justice in an Irish law school.

Sample Course Offerings

International Economic Law

This module will provide students with an introduction to the nature and scope of International Economic Law. In particular, the module will examine the nature of the law established through the creation of World Trade Organization, with particular emphasis on the process of dispute settlement in international trade. After this discussion of dispute settlement, the seminars will concentrate on the general pricnicples of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (Articles I and III) and the exceptions (Articles XX, XXI, XXIV and Special and Differential Treatment) before concluding with a discussion of a number of the agreements concluded during the Uruguay Round. Throughout the module reference will be made to an actual dispute making its way through the process of dispute settlement.

Politics of Development

This course introduces students to key concepts, theories and themes in the political life of developing countries. The first part of the course explores the legacy of colonialism and the nature of the post-colonial state, the role of nationalism in the construction of the post-colonial order, political participation and the role of the military, and the impact of the Cold War on the developing world. The second part of the course focuses on key themes in the politics of the developing world including religion, ethnicity and gender. The module concludes with a focus on the related issues conflict, democratization and human rights.

Theory of Human Rights

Human rights play a peculiar role in contemporary national and international affairs. They are, first and foremost, moral rights that all human beings should be guaranteed, but they also require implementation in positive law and institutions. This module will examine some of the most prominent theories of rights and examine some of the problems that arise from human rights talk and human rights implementation. These include various challenges to the idea of human rights, conflicts between rights, human rights and democracy and the relation between human rights and distributive justice.

Trademark Law

The module is concerned with trade mark law. The module will deal with the following: theories of trade mark law; statutory trade mark registration and infringement; unregistered protection of trade indicia; the expansion of passing off and the development of unfair competition law; the development of international trade mark law; the use of trade marks in regulating parallel importation and comparative advertising; remedies for trade mark infringement; reform of European trade mark law.

Contact: 
Ewa Szczupak
Erasmus and International Exchange Coordinator 
T: 011-353-1-7168342 
E: ewa.szczupak@ucd.ie 

More information about their International Exchange can be found on the University College Dublin's website. 

The University College Dublin's International Student Handbook is available online.