single degree

Master of Laws in International Security Law

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

24 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

LAWS8023 International Law and United Nations Peace Operations

LAWS8026 International Security Law Research Project

LAWS8179 International Security Law

A minimum of 12 units from completion of courses from the following list:

LAWS8018 Comparative National Security Law

LAWS8019 Special Topics in International Security Law

LAWS8035 Cyber Warfare Law

LAWS8066 Intersection of International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law

LAWS8178 International Law and Use of Force

LAWS8182 Principles of International Law

LAWS8183 Advanced Principles of International Law

LAWS8239 The European Union

LAWS8268 International Humanitarian Law

LAWS8314 Post Conflict Situations and International Law

LAWS8315 Maritime Security Law

LAWS8316 Nuclear Security Law

LAWS8328 Australian Legal Responses to National Security and Counter Terrorism

LAWS8566 International Criminal Law


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.

As various security challenges – both old and new – confront us, there is an ever greater need today for better understanding and critical evaluation of legal issues arising from various security concerns in light of the changing nature and perception of security in the contemporary, globalised world.

The development of international security law has involved rapid growth of international law rules, state practice and other institutional practice, jurisprudence, as well as enriched scholarship in the field of international peace and security.

The International Security Law augmentation builds upon specialist staff expertise in the ANU College of Law in this field. This specialisation involves significant research components, which provides an ideal opportunity to further enhance ability to undertake legal or interdisciplinary research in addressing contemporary international security law issues.

The Program is ideal for those whose professional role would involve a solid understanding of international law and its role in addressing contemporary security challenge.

Some of the opportunities for which the degree leads to include:

  • a senior security career in the public service
  • employment in international or regional organisations
  • policy-making positions in the public service
  • employment with corporations and non-governmental organisations with an international focus
  • international journalism

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. Enhance understanding of the legal development in the field of international security law through original thinking and independent research;
  2. Apply their knowledge and understanding in order to solve novel or complex problems in new or unfamiliar environments within broader contexts related to the field of international security law;
  3. Generate or evaluate complex ideas and abstract concepts relevant to the field of international security law;
  4. Integrate knowledge and handle complexity, and formulate judgments even with incomplete or limited information;
  5. Communicate their ideas and thoughts, and the knowledge and rationale underpinning these, to specialist and non-specialist audiences clearly and unambiguously
  6. Manage their continuous self -directed learning

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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 International Security Law you must ensure you must ensure you follow the program requirements.
  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

LAWS8182 Principles of International Law

Most students will need to complete LAWS8182 Principles of International Law as one of their first courses. You may have already completed this course within the Graduate Certificate of Law. Students who hold an LLB or JD and have undertake a similar course in international law within their degree may apply for a prerequisite waiver for LAWS8182. Please email to request a waiver.

Commencement date

Each student will commence their program on a different date depending on what courses they have chosen however if you haven't completed Principles of International Law this will probably be your first course. 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.

Online Courses

A few courses in the area of International Law are available online. Please see the timetable.  Attendance is not required at all for online courses.

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 Convenor on academic matters relating to international security law courses and this program.

The International Security Law Stream Convenor is Robert McLaughlin.

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