single degree

Master of Military Law

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

  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
  • Academic plan 7316XMMIL
  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
  • Academic plan 7316XMMIL

Program Requirements

The Master of Military Law requires the completion of 48 units, which must consist of:

24 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

LAWS8164 Advanced Military Discipline Law

LAWS8165 Advanced Military Administrative Law

LAWS8166 Advanced Military Operations Law

24 units from completion of courses from the following list:

LAWS8001 Introduction to Law, Governance and Development

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

LAWS8012 Australian Disaster Law

LAWS8015 Fundamentals of Government and Commercial Law

LAWS8016 Comparative Constitutional Law

LAWS8017 Telecommunications Law

LAWS8018 National Security Law

LAWS8019 Special Topics in International Security Law

LAWS8023 International Law and United Nations Peace Operations

LAWS8025 International Security Law Research Project A

LAWS8026 International Security Law Research Project B

LAWS8028 Special Topics in Law, Governance and Development

LAWS8029 Economic and Social Rights

LAWS8030 Advanced Succession Practice

LAWS8032 International Financial Institutions and Development

LAWS8033 Prisons, Prisoners and the Law

LAWS8034 Law and Regulation

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

LAWS8037 Sustainable Energy Law

LAWS8042 Special Topics in Law, Governance & Development 2: Operationalising Treaties

LAWS8061 Special Topics Environmental Law 1

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

LAWS8067 Special Topics in Laws, Governance & Development 3: Courts, Justice & Development

LAWS8068 Australian Aviation Law

LAWS8069 Law and Society in South Asia

LAWS8070 Sports Law

LAWS8071 Law and Governance in sub-Saharan Africa

LAWS8072 Statutory Interpretation

LAWS8073 Trade Remedies Law: WTO Law & Domestic Implementation

LAWS8074 Personal Injuries Compensation

LAWS8104 Legislation and Legislative Drafting

LAWS8107 International Air and Space Law

LAWS8110 Corporate Environmental Responsibility

LAWS8111 Environmental Regulation

LAWS8116 Public Sector Dispute Management

LAWS8117 Commonwealth Environmental Law

LAWS8122 Special Topics in International Law:

LAWS8123 Water Resources Law

LAWS8125 The Law of Corporate Governance

LAWS8128 Contemporary Issues in Constitutional Law

LAWS8129 Marine and Coastal Law

LAWS8131 Commercial Drafting

LAWS8132 Advocacy

LAWS8136 International Intellectual Property Law

LAWS8140 Commercial Law

LAWS8141 Judicial Review of Government Action

LAWS8142 Tort Liability and Public Authorities

LAWS8143 Federal Litigation

LAWS8144 Conflict of Laws

LAWS8145 Environmental and Risk Assessment Law

LAWS8146 Environmental Landuse Planning Law

LAWS8147 Special Topics in Government and Commercial Law:

LAWS8148 Special Topics in Law

LAWS8149 Themes in Administrative Law

LAWS8150 Principles of Evidence Under the Uniform Act

LAWS8153 Intro To Legal Reasoning and Research

LAWS8154 Competition Law

LAWS8155 Human Rights Litigation

LAWS8156 Commonwealth Compensation Law

LAWS8157 Special Topics in Legal Practices

LAWS8160 Military Discipline Law

LAWS8161 Advocacy for Military Lawyers

LAWS8162 Military Operations Law

LAWS8163 Military Administrative Law

LAWS8164 Advanced Military Discipline Law

LAWS8165 Advanced Military Administrative Law

LAWS8166 Advanced Military Operations Law

LAWS8167 Australian Migration Law

LAWS8168 Australia's Visa System

LAWS8169 Visa Compliance, Cancellation and Review

LAWS8170 Applied Migration Law

LAWS8171 Kyoto Seminar: Japanese Law in the Global Era

LAWS8172 Media and Communications Law

LAWS8173 Pollution Law

LAWS8174 Investigations, Inquiries and Inquisitorial Processes

LAWS8175 Citizenship Law in Context

LAWS8176 Migration Law

LAWS8177 International Internship

LAWS8178 International Law and Use of Force

LAWS8179 International Security Law

LAWS8180 International Climate Law

LAWS8181 Australian Climate Law

LAWS8182 Principles of International Law

LAWS8183 Advanced Principles of International Law

LAWS8184 The Law of International Institutions

LAWS8185 Forestry Law

LAWS8186 Site Contamination Law

LAWS8187 Environmental Litigation

LAWS8188 Environmental Markets

LAWS8189 Fundamentals of Environmental Law

LAWS8190 Unspecified JD Elective

LAWS8191 Unspecified JD Research Elective

LAWS8197 Status from CDU GDLP

LAWS8198 Status from ANU Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice

LAWS8199 Unspecified Status Units

LAWS8209 Government Corporations

LAWS8218 Advanced Contracts

LAWS8220 Government Contracts

LAWS8228 Law and Economics

LAWS8229 International Law of World Trade

LAWS8234 International Human Rights Law

LAWS8236 Tribunals and Government

LAWS8237 Health Law and Bioethics in Global Context

LAWS8240 Australian Human Rights and Discrimination

LAWS8241 Executive Power

LAWS8243 Freedom of Information and Privacy

LAWS8246 The High Court of Australia

LAWS8252 International Refugee Law

LAWS8253 Law of The Sea

LAWS8260 Fundamentals of Business Law

LAWS8264 International Law of The Environment

LAWS8268 International Humanitarian Law

LAWS8271 Contemporary Issues in Administrative Law

LAWS8277 International Business Transactions

LAWS8278 Environmental Dispute Management

LAWS8280 Biodiversity Law and Policy

LAWS8290 Special Topics in International Law 2

LAWS8291 Special Topics in Environmental Law

LAWS8296 Special Topics in International Law 3

LAWS8297 International Law and Australian Government

LAWS8298 Commercial Equity

LAWS8299 Unspecified Status 12 Credit Points

LAWS8299 Unspecified Status 12 Credit Points

LAWS8301 Graduate Research Unit

LAWS8303 Graduate Research Unit (Environmental Law)

LAWS8304 Graduate Research Unit (International Law)

LAWS8305 Graduate Research Unit

LAWS8306 Graduate Research Unit (Government & Commercial Law)

LAWS8308 Graduate Research Unit (Legal Practice)

LAWS8309 Graduate Research Unit (Law Governance & Development)

LAWS8310 Federal Criminal Law

LAWS8311 Occupational Health and Safety Law

LAWS8312 Land, Law and Development in Asia

LAWS8313 Federal Criminal Procedure and Evidence

LAWS8522 Public Sector Employment Law

LAWS8566 International Criminal Law

LAWS8567 International Dispute Resolution

LAWS8568 Fundamentals of Government and Commercial Law

LAWS8570 The Legal Framework of Regulation

LAWS8820 Exchange Program for Graduate Law Students

LAWS8999 Postgraduate Law Cross-Institutional Enrolment

STST8001 Strategic Studies

STST8002 Grand Strategies in the Asia-Pacific

STST8004 Australian Strategic and Defence Policy

STST8010 Strategic Concepts and Asia Pacific Conflict

STST8013 China's Defence and Strategic Challenges

STST8015 The US and East Asian Security

STST8016 Transnational Security

STST8017 Special Topics in Strategic Studies

STST8021 Intelligence and Security

STST8025 Strategic Crises

STST8026 Nuclear Strategy in the Asian Century

STST8027 Insurgency & Counterinsurgency in an Age of Terror

STST8028 Global Security Actors? NATO and the European Union

STST8029 Arms Control: Theory, Technology, Policy

STST8032 Why and How We Fight: Understanding War and Conflict

STST8033 Contemporary Issues in Australian Defence Policy

STST8051 Great and Powerful Friends: Strategic alliances and Australian security

STST8052 Strategy in Action: The Development of the Operational Art

STST8100 Australian Foreign and Defence Policy

STST8101 Australia's Strategic Environment

STST8102 Strategy

STST8104 Operational Art

STST8105 Intervention Operations

STST8106 Expeditionary Operations

STST8107 International Law and Operations

STST8108 Special Topic in Military and Defence Studies

STST8119 Australian Capability and Defense Organisation

Admission Requirements

This program is restricted to approved Defence personnel who hold a Bachelors of Laws, Juris Doctor or international equivalent qualifying the candidate for admission to legal practice in Australia, as well as a Graduate Certificate of Military Law from ANU.

Cognate Disciplines

History, Political Science, International Relations, Economics, Philosophy, English, Engineering, Sociology, Social Science

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.


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.

The program is taught under contract for the Department of Defence. It is only open to nominees of the Department of Defence; nominally serving ADF legal officers. The ANU College of Law Military Law Program covers the LTM2 and LMT3 levels of the ADF competency scheme for ADF legal officers.

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.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will be able to:

  1. investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories
  2. apply established theories to different fields of military law and practice
  3. design, evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise about developments in military law that contribute to professional practice or scholarship
  4. to plan and execute a substantial research-based project, capstone experience and/or piece of scholarship in each of the fields of military discipline, administrative and operations law
  5. justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist audiences in ADF context

Further Information

Please note - there is an error in the program requirement for Master of Military Law which is in hte process of being rectified. The following courses cannot be taken towards the award:

LAWS8160 Military Discipline Law

LAWS8161 Advocacy for Military Lawyers (now LAWS8161 Miltary Legal Practice)

LAWS8162 Military Operations Law

LAWS8163 Military Administrative Law

LAWS8167 Australian Migration Law

LAWS8168 Australia's Visa System

LAWS8169 Visa Compliance, Cancellation and Review

LAWS8170 Applied Migration Law

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