single degree

Master of Laws in Law, Governance and Development

A single one year graduate award 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 Law, Governance and Development requires the completion of 48 units, which must consist of:

6 units from completion of LAWS8001 Introduction to Law, Governance and Development


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

LAWS8003 Transnational Business and Human Rights

LAWS8006 Law and Development in the Contemporary South Pacific

LAWS8008 Climate Change and Displacement

LAWS8009 Transnational Anti-Corruption Laws

LAWS8010 Environmental Protection and Human Rights

LAWS8016 Comparative Constitutional Law

LAWS8019 Special Topics in International Security Law

LAWS8028 Special Topics in Law, Governance and Development

LAWS8032 International Financial Institutions and Development

LAWS8042 Special Topics in Law, Governance & Development 2

LAWS8067 Courts, Justice & Development

LAWS8069 Law and Society in South Asia

LAWS8071 Law and Governance in sub-Saharan Africa

LAWS8254 Business, Human Rights and Corporate Responsibility

LAWS8301 Graduate Research Unit

LAWS8312 Land, Law and Development in Asia

LAWS8314 Post Conflict Situations and International Law

LAWS8578 Constitutionalism in the Global South

LAWS8583 Indigenous Peoples and International Law

LAWS8594 Law and Society in South East Asia


A maximum of 12 units from other 8000-level courses from the subject area LAWS Law


Admission Requirements

A Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Laws (Honours) or Juris Doctor with a minimum GPA of 4.0/7.0

Or completion of a non-law degree, and the Graduate Certificate of Law with a minimum GPA of 4.0/7.0

English Language Requirements

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

Assessment of Qualifications

Unless otherwise indicated, ANU will accept all Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications or international equivalents that meet or exceed the published admission requirements of our programs, provided all other admission requirements are also met. Where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will base assessment on the qualification that best meets the admission requirements for the program. Find out more about the Australian Qualifications Framework:

ANU uses a 7-point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale. All qualifications submitted for admission at ANU will be converted to this common scale, which will determine if an applicant meets our published admission requirements. Find out more about how a 7-point GPA is calculated for Australian universities:

Unless otherwise indicated, where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will calculate the GPA for each qualification separately. ANU will base assessment on the best GPA of all completed tertiary qualifications of the same level or higher.



Annual indicative fee for domestic students

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Annual indicative fee for international students

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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.

Law, Governance and Development focuses on the role that local, national and international systems of law and governance play in fostering social and economic development in developing and transitional countries.

The program introduces students to a range of theoretical and methodological tools and strengthens their ability to think critically and creatively about the links between law, governance and development. It includes a focus on historical shifts and current trends in law and development theory and practice, drawing on practical examples from Asia and the Pacific. Courses address highly topical issues such as law, order and state-building; legal pluralism and customary dispute resolution; displacement and resettlement of vulnerable groups; extractive industries and resource conflict; human rights and development; humanitarian and refugee law; climate change; international financial institutions; and anti-corruption.

Lecturers within the program have significant experiences in development policy and programming as well as in scholarly research and writing.

The program is designed to provide specialist training for current or aspiring development practitioners and policy-makers working in all aspects of law, governance and development; as well as those working in international institutions

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

This program is available for applications until spring session, 2018

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Critically reflect on the role that local, national and international systems of law and governance play in fostering social and economic development;
  2. Understand historical changes and emerging trends in law and development theory and practice;
  3. Identify the local, national and international actors in law and governance, as well as the development trajectories that may be enabled or inhibited by particular attempts at regulatory reform or institutional design;
  4. Contribute to debates about the relationship between various aspects of law, governance and development and the rationale for particular interventions;
  5. Evaluate, analyse and monitor policies, projects and strategies from a law, governance and development perspective.

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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. For the Master of Laws in Law, Government and Development you must ensure that 36 of the 48 units are from Law, Governance and Development.
  2. Look at the Graduate Coursework Timetable to see what courses are offered and which specialisation they belong to. 
  3. Choose a course(s). You can enrol in your whole year's worth of courses, or one course at a time. Domestic students have 5 years to complete the program. A full time study load is 18-24 units per half year period.
  4. Check that you meet the prerequisite(s) for the course.
  5. Enrol in the course on ISIS - for information on how to do this please go to
Commencement date

Each student will commence the program on a different date depending on what courses they have chosen. If possible, LAWS8009 Introduction to Law, Governance and Development is a good course to start with (but you don't have to do it first). Please see the timetable for the start date.


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

A Course Study Guide will be published for each course on the Wattle course site. This document contains information on the course including: course lecture outline; textbook requirements; reading requirements; assessment details; and policy information.

You can buy text books at the on-campus Coop Bookshop. Reading Guides or E-Bricks may also be made available on the Wattle course site. This varies from course to course.

You will be given access to the Wattle course site approximately 24-48 hours after you enrol in the course,  provided the site is opened. Sites are generally opened four weeks prior to the commencement of the course intensive. Course Study Guides, course materials, ebricks, resources, discussion forums, quizzes and online activities can all be accessed via each Wattle course site. Assessments will be submitted electronically on the Wattle course 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 from the University will be sent to your University Webmail account. You can access this email account at and clicking on the Webmail icon. There is a facility to redirect your university email to a preferred account. Please go to:

Academic Advice

Please seek advice from the Stream Convenors on academic matters relating to this program.

The Law, Governance and Development Stream Convenors are Rebecca Monson and  Moeen Cheema

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