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Master of Laws in Government and Regulation

A single one year graduate degree offered by the ANU College of Law

  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Field of Education
    • Law not elsewhere classified
  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Field of Education
    • Law not elsewhere classified

Program Requirements

The Master of Laws in Government and Regulation requires the completion of 48 units, which must consist of:

6 units from completion of LAWS8570 The Legal Framework of Regulation

A minimum of 30 units from completion of Government and Regulation courses from the following list:

LAWS8003 Transnational Business and Human Rights

LAWS8009 Transnational Anti-Corruption Laws

LAWS8016 Comparative Constitutional Law

LAWS8018 National Security Law

LAWS8033 Prisons, Prisoners and the Law

LAWS8034 Law and Regulation

LAWS8068 Australian Aviation Law

LAWS8070 Sports Law

LAWS8072 Statutory Interpretation

LAWS8104 Legislation and Legislative Drafting

LAWS8110 Corporate Environmental Responsibility

LAWS8116 Dispute Management

LAWS8117 Commonwealth Environmental Law

LAWS8125 The Law of Corporate Governance

LAWS8128 Contemporary Issues in Constitutional Law

LAWS8131 Commercial Drafting

LAWS8140 Commercial Law

LAWS8141 Judicial Review of Government Action

LAWS8142 Tort Liability and Public Authorities

LAWS8144 Conflict of Laws

LAWS8146 Environmental Landuse Planning Law

LAWS8147 Special Topics in Government and Commercial Law:

LAWS8149 Themes in Administrative Law

LAWS8154 Competition Law

LAWS8155 Human Rights Litigation

LAWS8156 Commonwealth Compensation Law

LAWS8157 Special Topics in Legal Practices

LAWS8171 Kyoto Seminar: Japanese Law in the Global Era

LAWS8172 Media and Communications Law

LAWS8187 Environmental Litigation

LAWS8218 Advanced Contracts

LAWS8220 Government Contracts

LAWS8229 International Law of World Trade

LAWS8237 Health Law and Bioethics in Global Context

LAWS8239 The European Union

LAWS8240 Australian Human Rights and Discrimination

LAWS8241 Executive Power

LAWS8243 Freedom of Information and Privacy

LAWS8246 The High Court of Australia

LAWS8248 Advanced Principles of Competition Law

LAWS8271 Contemporary Issues in Administrative Law

LAWS8306 Graduate Research Unit (Government & Commercial Law)

LAWS8310 Federal Criminal Law

LAWS8311 Occupational Health and Safety Law

LAWS8522 Public Sector Employment Law

LAWS8570 Law & Economics of Regulation

LAWS8585 International Aviation Law

LAWS8588 Privatisation and Regulation of Aviation

LAWS8589 Regulation of Religious Activities

LAWS8590 Special Topics in Government and Regulation

A maximum of 12 units from completion of other 8000-level LAWS Law courses

Admission Requirements

Completion of a Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor degree with a minimum average of at least 50%; or completion of a non-law degree and the Graduate Certificate of Law with a minimum average of at least 50%

All applicants must meet the University's English Language Admission Requirements for Students

Annual indicative fee for domestic students

For more information see:

Annual indicative fee for international students


ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

Studying Government and Regulation will provide you with an insight into the legal framework underlying government, examining both the process and product of government regulation and the underlying legal structures upon which it is built. This program will allow you to develop a strong understanding of the modern regulatory state including the role of key areas of commercial and public law. It will combine comparative and multi-disciplinary perspectives in examining the design, implementation and effectiveness of regulation in Australia.

Courses in Government and Regulation are taught by a range of experts including academics who are contributing to cutting edge research and reform, experienced lawyers, parliamentary drafters and other practitioners who bring an extensive range of resources and experience to students. Courses included in this program span legal areas governing the operation of government including Administrative and Constitutional Law, areas such as Competition Law, Corporate Governance and Labour Law, though to more specialised courses such as Health Law and Bioethics.

Students include a mix of lawyers, policy makers, government employees and full time students. Some courses also have a strong global focus making them highly suitable for international students.

This specialisation is highly flexible, allowing you to choose courses that are compatible with their current area of work or that extend your knowledge in new directions. Whether you area working in private practice, within government or are looking to expand your legal knowledge for your future career – this program offers diversity, flexibility and knowledge suitable for a wide range of students.

Career Options

ANU provides you with more choice for your entrance score by offering the new Flexible Double Degree program.

The ANU Flexible Double Degree lets you build skills for your chosen career without forfeiting your passion.  It's your choice to build a double degree partnership that suits your head and your heart.

This program will not take applications for commencement after second semester, 2018

NEW program - available for applications commencing from Summer Session, 2015

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Laws in Government and Regulation will have the skills and knowledge to:

  1. apply legal knowledge relating to government and regulation to complex legal problems in an analytical and creative manner
  2. structure, sustain and evaluate legal argument in both general and specialist areas relating to government and regulation
  3. incorporate social, policy, comparative or interdisciplinary approaches into legal analysis of issues relating to government or regulation
  4. to engage in original and critical reflection on topics relating to government and regulation
  5. communicate legal, policy and theoretical perspectives of legal issues relating to government and regulation effectively, both verbally and in writing
  6. to undertake critical legal research, legal writing and answering of complex legal problems from both a national and transnational dimension
  7. investigate, analyze and synthesize complex information, problems, concepts and theories in the area of the legal framework applicable to government and regulation
  8. research and write on the practice or theory of the legal framework relating to government and regulation

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After you have accepted your offer you will be emailed your password and uni ID.  You must then follow the instructions provided here and enrol online through ISIS.

International students should discuss your enrolment with us when you arrive in Canberra. Please Contact us to arrange an appointment.

It is the student's responsibility to ensure the program requirements are met and that all compulsory and required courses are completed so that the program can be awarded.

About this degree

How to choose courses and enrol

  1. Consult the program requirements on the Programs and Courses page to see which courses you can choose. In the LLM in Government and Regulation you must ensure that 36 of the 48 units are in Government and Regulation courses.
  2. Look at the Masters program timetable to see when courses are offered and which specialisations they are relevant for.
  3. Check that you meet the prerequisites for the course.
  4. Enrol in the course on ISIS.

Legal Framework of Regulation

If you do not have a completed law degree (LLB or JD) then LAWS8587 Legal Framework of Regulation is a prerequisite to many of the Government and Regulation law courses and must be done first (you may have already completed this course in the Graduate Certificate of Law).

Commencement date

Each student will commence their program on a different date depending on what courses they have chosen. Please see the timetable.


The ANU College of Law has a strict attendance policy for face-to-face intensive classes. You must attend 100% of scheduled classes, whether they are held on weekdays, weekends or during the evening. We assume you have taken into account all work, family, religious and other commitments when you enrol.

Course Materials

Course outlines on your Wattle sites will describe the text books and reading materials you will need to access.  You can buy text books at the on-campus Coop Bookshop. reading Guides are now often distributed as e-bricks via the Wattle course site.


The Masters Program timetable for 2015 is now available on the ANU College of LawMasters Program site.


If you wish to apply for status (credit/advanced standing) for courses you have studied at another university, you must complete an Application for Status form and submit it to the LLM Program Administrator, along with an official transcript of your previous studies and relevant course descriptions and outlines. You will not be granted status for courses that have already counted towards a completed degree or award.


All email correspondence will be conducted with your University Webmail account. You can access this email account at and clicking on the Webmail icon. There exists the facility to redirect your university email to a preferred account. You can do this at:

WATTLE (online learning environment)
Convenor correspondence and course materials will be provided through the individual course page on WATTLE. Access to WATTLE will open approximately 6 weeks before the course starts. If you are enrolled in the course you should receive an email to confirm when the site is live.

Course Study Guide

A course study guide will be produced for each course and posted to Wattle about 4-6 weeks prior to the commencement of the course. This document contains information on the course including: course lecture outline; textbook requirements; reading requirements; assessment details; and policy information.

Academic Advice

Please consult with your Stream Convenor for academic advice on courses or programs.

Do you want to talk to someone before enrolling?

Contact Daniel Stewart at

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