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Master of Laws in International Law

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

  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
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  • Field of Education
    • International Law
  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Field of Education
    • International Law

Program Requirements

The Master of Laws in International Law requires the completion of 48 units, which must consist of:

12 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

LAWS8182 Principles of International Law

LAWS8183 Advanced Principles of International Law

A minimum of 24 units from completion of courses from the following list:

LAWS6258 International Organisations (Geneva)

LAWS8003 Transnational Business and Human Rights

LAWS8008 Climate Change and Displacement

LAWS8009 Transnational Anti-Corruption Laws

LAWS8010 Environmental Protection and Human Rights

LAWS8019 Special Topics in International Security Law

LAWS8023 International Law and United Nations Peace Operations

LAWS8032 International Financial Institutions and Development

LAWS8035 Special Topics in Intern Security Law 2 - Cyber Warfare Law

LAWS8066 Special Topics in International Security Law 3: Intersection of Humanitarian Law & Human Rights Law

LAWS8073 Trade Remedies Law: WTO Law & Domestic Implementation

LAWS8122 Special Topics in International Law: Ethno-Political Conflicts and International Law

LAWS8129 Marine and Coastal Law

LAWS8136 International Intellectual Property Law

LAWS8144 Conflict of Laws

LAWS8178 International Law and Use of Force

LAWS8179 International Security Law

LAWS8180 International Climate Law

LAWS8184 The Law of International Institutions

LAWS8229 International Law of World Trade

LAWS8234 International Human Rights Law

LAWS8247 Civil and Political Rights

LAWS8252 International Refugee Law

LAWS8253 Law of The Sea

LAWS8264 International Law of The Environment

LAWS8268 International Humanitarian Law

LAWS8290 Special Topics in International Law 2

LAWS8296 Special Topics in International Law 3

LAWS8297 International Law and Australian Government

LAWS8304 Graduate Research Unit (International Law)

LAWS8566 International Criminal Law

LAWS8567 International Dispute Resolution

LAWS8582 Global Health Law

LAWS8583 Indigenous Peoples and International Law

LAWS8585 International Aviation Law

A maximum of 12 units from other LAWS 8000 level 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.

International law regulates the relations between States and with other actors at the international level and can affect society in a variety of ways, both internationally and at the domestic level. It helps us to explain and analyse interactions in the international community and their impact within national societies.

Having completed both Principles and Advanced Principles of International Law at the start of their program to acquire the skills necessary to navigate the international legal system, students will have the opportunity to focus on areas of particular interest through a vast array of elective courses, many of which will require the completion of a substantial research paper.

The Master of Laws International Law Augmentation will be relevant to you if your work involves consideration of international relations and transnational activities; you are interested in governmental and non-governmental organisations; and/or you are concerned with issues such as human rights, international trade, the use of force or international dispute settlement.

Having canvassed the breadth of the international legal system, student may wish to deepen their study of specific international legal issues through the pursuit of a SJD or PhD.

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 spring session, 2018

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

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to:

  1. analyse complex problems, concepts and theories in international law and devise solutions appropriate to the specific context
  2. undertake critical legal research, legal writing and resolution of complex legal problems with an international or transnational dimension across a range of issues and topics of an international character
  3. research and write on the practice or theory of international law including in-depth legal research in the international law field
  4. incorporate social, policy, comparative or interdisciplinary approaches into legal analysis of international issues
  5. engage in original and critical reflection on international law topics
  6. communicate legal, policy and theoretical perspectives of international legal issues effectively, both verbally and in writing
  7. structure, sustain and evaluate legal argument in both general and specialist areas of international law
  8. apply legal knowledge to complex international legal problems in an analytical and creative manner

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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 their enrolment with us when they 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 International Law you must ensure that at least 36 of your 48 units are International Law 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.

Principles of International Law

LAWS8182 Principles of International Law is a compulsory course in this program and also a prerequisite to all of the international law courses and therefore should be one of the first courses you complete. 

If you have completed a similar course in your LLB or JD within the last 5 years then you will not have to take this course and can apply for an exemption.  If an exemption is approved then you need to choose another course in its place.

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 seek advice from the Stream Convenor on academic matters relating to international law courses and this program

Do you want to talk to someone before enrolling?

Contact Dr Sarah Heathcote at

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