International Law

Units of study

Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session

Master of International Law

Exemption from core units of study should not be assumed to be automatic. Formal approval must be obtained from the Faculty prior to enrolment
Candidates must complete 48 credit points, comprising:
(i) 12 credit points of compulsory core units of study;
(ii) a minimum of 12 credit points of core units of study; and
(iii) a maximum of 24 credit points of elective units of study; including
(iv) 6 credit points of elective units of study from the Department of Government and International Relations or the Centre for International Security Studies.

2014 Compulsory Core Units of Study

LAWS6243
International Law I
6    N LAWS5005


This unit replaced LAWS6243 Public International Law. This unit is compulsory for MIL and GradDipIntLaw students who have not completed any previous study in international law and must be taken during the first semester of candidature. This unit is not available to MLawIntDev students who have been granted a reduced volume of learning.
Int March
Semester 2
LAWS6167
International Law II
6    A It is strongly advised that students complete LAWS6243 International Law I before enrolling in this unit


Compulsory core unit for MIL and GradDipIntLaw students. This unit replaced LAWS6167 International Law and Australian Institutions.
Int October
Semester 1

2014 Core Units of Study

LAWS6059
International Business Law
6    A LAWS6252 or law degree from a common or civil law jurisdiction


Core unit for MIntBus&L students.
Int March
LAWS6060
International Commercial Arbitration
6      Int August
LAWS6219
International Criminal Law
6    N LAWS6896
Int July
LAWS6061
International Environmental Law
6   

Students seeking further study in international environmental law may undertake LAWS6922 Advanced International Environmental Law.
Int May
LAWS6161
International Human Rights
6    N GOVT6117
Semester 2
LAWS6218
International Humanitarian Law
6    N LAWS3483, LAWS5183
Int May
LAWS6062
International Law-the Use of Armed Force
6    N LAWS3483, LAWS5183
Int Sept
LAWS6047
Law of the Sea
6      Int June

2014 Elective Law Units of Study

LAWS6856
Anti-Terrorism Law
6    N CISS6011


This unit replaced LAWS6856 Terrorism & Counterterrorism Policy and Law.
Int August
LAWS6209
Australian International Taxation
6      Int March
LAWS6936
Carbon Trading, Derivatives and Taxation
6      Int May
LAWS6091
Chinese International Taxation
6   

The unit is available to students who have successfully completed either one undergraduate unit of study in tax law or one unit of study in a postgraduate tax program.
Int May
LAWS6001
Chinese Laws and Chinese Legal Systems
12    A LAWS6252 or law degree from a common or civil law jurisdiction
N LAWS6857, LAWS3068, LAWS5368

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: This unit is not available to students who have completed a law degree in the People's Republic of China. Students must register their attendance before enrolling. Master of Law and International Development students may undertake this unit as an elective or capstone unit conditional on (i) students must write an essay that focuses on a development topic and (ii) that topic being pre-approved by the Unit Coordinator. To register, please visit the Shanghai Winter School website http://sydney.edu.au/law/cstudent/shanghai/ Registration enquiries law.offshore@sydney.edu.au Enrolment enquiries law.postgraduate@sydney.edu.au
Int November
LAWS6320
Climate Disaster Law
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Int July
LAWS6314
Coastal and Marine Law
6      Int October
LAWS6824
Commercial Conflict of Laws
6    A undergraduate law degree
N LAWS6884


This unit replaced LAWS6824 Transnational Commercial Litigation and has a restricted class size
Int May
LAWS6900
Comparative Admiralty and Maritime Law
6    A undergraduate law degree is preferable but knowledge gained from work in shipping or related fields will be sufficient
Int Sept
LAWS6153
Comparative Corporate Taxation
6      Int April
LAWS6128
Comparative International Taxation
6      Int August
LAWS6227
Consumer Contracts and Product Defects
6    N LAWS6024, LAWS6025


This unit replaced LAWS6227 Consumer Protection Law: Liability of Suppliers to Consumers.
Int May
LAWS6222
Corporate Governance
6      Int July
LAWS6140
Corp Soc Responsibility: Theory/Pol
6      Int August
LAWS6301
Corruption and International Development
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
The unit will be taught as a skills-based unit with class exercises. To make this workable, numbers to be capped at 25 students. The unit replaced Introduction to Anti-Corruption: Policy, Law and Practice.
Int August
LAWS6997
Cross-Border Deals
6    A Undergraduate law degree. Students undertaking this unit must have a good working knowledge of the Australian Corporations Act and the rules and practices applicable to securities offerings and takeovers or the equivalent in their home jurisdiction.


This unit replaced LAWS6997 Cross-Border Deals - A US Perspective.
Int October
LAWS6852
Doing Business in China
6    A LAWS6252 or law degree from a common or civil law jurisdiction
Int August
LAWS6163
Energy and Climate Law
6    N LAWS6863


The unit replaced LAWS6163 International & Australian Climate Law (formerly Energy Law).
Int October
LAWS6920
Global Health Law
6      Int July
LAWS6933
Global Oil and Gas Contracts and Issues
6   

This unit replaced LAWS6933 International Petroleum Transactions. MIL and GradDipIntLaw students may enrol in either LAWS6990 Principles of Oil and Gas Law or LAWS6933 Global Oil and Gas Contracts and Issues, but not both.
Int May
LAWS6891
GST - International Issues
6    P LAWS6214 or LAWS6814 (or equivalent knowledge)
Int May
LAWS6846
Human Rights and the Global Economy
6    N LAWS5134


Master of Law and International Development students may undertake this unit as an elective or capstone unit
Int August
LAWS6022
Internatl & Comparative Labour Law
6      Int August
LAWS6219
International Criminal Law
6    N LAWS6896
Int July
LAWS6865
International Dispute Resolution
6    N LAWS6202


This unit replaced LAWS6865 International Dispute Resolution: Principles and LAWS6865 International Dispute Resolution: Theory & Practice.
Int Sept
LAWS6138
Internatl Fin Transactions: Law & Prac
6      Int April
LAWS6037
International Import/Export Laws
6      Semester 1
LAWS6916
International Investment Law
6      Int March
LAWS6184
International Law Research Project A
6    C LAWS6185

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Closing date 30 September (Semester 1) and 30 April (Semester 2). Students must complete both LAWS6184 and LAWS6185 within one or two semesters.
Semester 1
Semester 2
LAWS6185
International Law Research Project B
6    C LAWS6184

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Closing date 30 September (Semester 1) and 30 April (Semester 2). Students must complete both LAWS6184 and LAWS6185 within one or two semesters.
Semester 1
Semester 2
LAWS6857
Introduction to Chinese Law
6    A LAWS6252 or law degree from a common or civil law jurisdiction
N LAWS6001 and students who have completed a law degree in the People's Republic of China
Int May
LAWS6879
Japanese Law
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
For further information, please visit http://sydney.edu.au/law/caplus/ or email law.offshore@sydney.edu.au
Int February
LAWS6816
Labour Law in the Global Economy
6    A LAWS6252 or a law degree and, for MLLR students, LAWS6071
Int Sept
LAWS6932
Law and Investment in Asia
6      Int April
LAWS6928
Law, Justice and Development
6    N LAWS3478


This unit is compulsory for MLawIntDev students and replaced LAWS6928 Law & Economic Development.
Int April
LAWS6982
Law of Economic Integration in the EU
6    A basic understanding of EU Law
Int March
LAWS6149
Legal Pluralism in Southeast Asia
12   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit will be taught offshore with the cooperation of Gadjah Mada University (Yogyakarta, Indonesia) and International Islamic University (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia). These institutions will provide guest lecturers. These institutions can be contacted through Assoc Prof Simon Butt and Dr Salim Farrar. Students must register their attendance before enrolling. For further information, please visit http://sydney.edu.au/law/caplus Registration enquiries law.offshore@sydney.edu.au Enrolment enquiries law.postgraduate@sydney.edu.au
Int July
LAWS6252
Legal Reasoning & the Common Law System
6    N LAWS6881


International students who are required to enrol in this unit must undertake classes during the first week of their study. Health Law and Public Health students should enrol in LAWS6881 Introduction to Law for Health Professionals in lieu of LAWS6252, if available. This unit is not available to MLawIntDev students who have been granted a reduced volume of learning. Students must attend all classes on the timetabled dates as prescribed for their enrolled session/group. An Absent Fail grade may be granted to students who fail to attend the correct session/group.
Int April
Int August
Int March
Int Sept
LAWS6864
New Tech, Risk and Environmental Law
6   

This unit replaced LAWS6864 Genetically Modified Organisms & the Environment.
Int Sept
LAWS6944
Regulation of Mkt Manipulation & Abuse
6   

This unit replaced LAWS6944 Manipulation and Abuse in Global Securities Markets.
Int August
LAWS6177
Tax Treaties
6      Int May
LAWS6946
Tax Treaties Special Issues
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment in the following sessions:Int June

Int June
Int November
LAWS6119
The State and Global Governance
6   

Note: This unit replaced LAWS6119 Theories of International Law. Master of Law and International Development students may undertake this unit as an elective or capstone unit.
Int Sept
LAWS6123
Transfer Pricing in International Tax
6      Int May
LAWS6109
UK International Taxation
6      Int August
LAWS6844
US Corporate Law
6      Int February
LAWS6171
US International Taxation
6      Int May

2014 Non-Law Elective Units of Study

2014 Elective Units of Study offered by the Department of Government and International Relations

GOVT6103
Australia in Diplomacy, Defence & Trade
6      Semester 2
GOVT6111
Chinese Politics
6    C CHSC6901 for Master of China Public Administration and Master of China Studies
Semester 1
GOVT6150
Comparative Democratic Politics
6      Semester 1
GOVT6108
Democracy and Development in SE Asia
6      Semester 1
GOVT6304
Development and World Politics
6      Semester 2
GOVT6225
Essential Readings in Int'l Relations
6      Semester 2
GOVT6137
Forces of Change in Int Relations
6      Semester 2
GOVT6147
Foundations of International Relations
6      Semester 1
GOVT6135
Global Environmental Politics
6      Semester 1
GOVT6123
Globalisation and Governance
6      Semester 1
GOVT6156
Governance and Civil Society
6      Semester 2
GOVT6319
Governance and Public Policy Making
6      Semester 2
GOVT6116
International Organisations
6      Int August
GOVT6357
International Policy Making
6      Semester 2
GOVT6119
International Security
6      Semester 1
Semester 2
GOVT6311
Issues in Public Policy
6      Semester 1
GOVT6313
Leadership in Theory and Practice
6      Semester 2
GOVT6121
Northeast Asian Politics
6      Winter Main
GOVT6316
Policy Making, Power and Politics
6      Semester 1
Semester 2
GOVT6331
Public Management and Governance
6      Semester 1
Semester 2
GOVT6301
Public Sector Ethics and Corruption
6      Semester 1
GOVT6220
The State, Secession, and Civil War
6      Semester 1
GOVT6223
Topics in Environmental Politics
6      Semester 1

2014 Elective Units of Study offered by the Centre for International Security Studies

CISS6015
Alliances and Coalition Warfare
6      Semester 2
CISS6016
Chinese Foreign and Security Policy
6      Semester 1
CISS6022
Cybersecurity
6      Semester 2
CISS6004
Health and Security
6      Semester 2
CISS6020
Geopolitics of Energy Security in Asia
6      Summer Main
CISS6004
Health and Security
6      Semester 2
CISS6013
Middle East Conflict and Security
6    N GOVT6154
Int December
CISS6001
New Security Challenges
6      Semester 2
CISS6018
Nuclear Arms Control & Non-proliferation
6      Int March
CISS6008
Population and Security
6      Semester 2
CISS6011
Special Topic in International Security
6      Semester 2
CISS6006
Statebuilding and 'Fragile States'
6      Semester 2
CISS6002
Strategy & Security in the Asia-Pacific
6      Semester 1
CISS6019
War and Strategy
6      Semester 2
Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session

Graduate Diploma in International Law

Exemption from core units of study should not be assumed to be automatic. Formal approval must be obtained from the Faculty prior to enrolment.
Candidates must complete 24 credit points, comprising 12 credit points of core units of study and 12 credit points of elective units of study.

2014 Core Units of Study

LAWS6243
International Law I
6    N LAWS5005


This unit replaced LAWS6243 Public International Law. This unit is compulsory for MIL and GradDipIntLaw students who have not completed any previous study in international law and must be taken during the first semester of candidature. This unit is not available to MLawIntDev students who have been granted a reduced volume of learning.
Int March
Semester 2
LAWS6167
International Law II
6    A It is strongly advised that students complete LAWS6243 International Law I before enrolling in this unit


Compulsory core unit for MIL and GradDipIntLaw students. This unit replaced LAWS6167 International Law and Australian Institutions.
Int October
Semester 1

2014 Elective Units of Study

LAWS6856
Anti-Terrorism Law
6    N CISS6011


This unit replaced LAWS6856 Terrorism & Counterterrorism Policy and Law.
Int August
LAWS6209
Australian International Taxation
6      Int March
LAWS6936
Carbon Trading, Derivatives and Taxation
6      Int May
LAWS6091
Chinese International Taxation
6   

The unit is available to students who have successfully completed either one undergraduate unit of study in tax law or one unit of study in a postgraduate tax program.
Int May
LAWS6001
Chinese Laws and Chinese Legal Systems
12    A LAWS6252 or law degree from a common or civil law jurisdiction
N LAWS6857, LAWS3068, LAWS5368

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: This unit is not available to students who have completed a law degree in the People's Republic of China. Students must register their attendance before enrolling. Master of Law and International Development students may undertake this unit as an elective or capstone unit conditional on (i) students must write an essay that focuses on a development topic and (ii) that topic being pre-approved by the Unit Coordinator. To register, please visit the Shanghai Winter School website http://sydney.edu.au/law/cstudent/shanghai/ Registration enquiries law.offshore@sydney.edu.au Enrolment enquiries law.postgraduate@sydney.edu.au
Int November
LAWS6320
Climate Disaster Law
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Int July
LAWS6314
Coastal and Marine Law
6      Int October
LAWS6824
Commercial Conflict of Laws
6    A undergraduate law degree
N LAWS6884


This unit replaced LAWS6824 Transnational Commercial Litigation and has a restricted class size
Int May
LAWS6900
Comparative Admiralty and Maritime Law
6    A undergraduate law degree is preferable but knowledge gained from work in shipping or related fields will be sufficient
Int Sept
LAWS6153
Comparative Corporate Taxation
6      Int April
LAWS6128
Comparative International Taxation
6      Int August
LAWS6227
Consumer Contracts and Product Defects
6    N LAWS6024, LAWS6025


This unit replaced LAWS6227 Consumer Protection Law: Liability of Suppliers to Consumers.
Int May
LAWS6222
Corporate Governance
6      Int July
LAWS6140
Corp Soc Responsibility: Theory/Pol
6      Int August
LAWS6301
Corruption and International Development
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
The unit will be taught as a skills-based unit with class exercises. To make this workable, numbers to be capped at 25 students. The unit replaced Introduction to Anti-Corruption: Policy, Law and Practice.
Int August
LAWS6997
Cross-Border Deals
6    A Undergraduate law degree. Students undertaking this unit must have a good working knowledge of the Australian Corporations Act and the rules and practices applicable to securities offerings and takeovers or the equivalent in their home jurisdiction.


This unit replaced LAWS6997 Cross-Border Deals - A US Perspective.
Int October
LAWS6852
Doing Business in China
6    A LAWS6252 or law degree from a common or civil law jurisdiction
Int August
LAWS6163
Energy and Climate Law
6    N LAWS6863


The unit replaced LAWS6163 International & Australian Climate Law (formerly Energy Law).
Int October
LAWS6920
Global Health Law
6      Int July
LAWS6933
Global Oil and Gas Contracts and Issues
6   

This unit replaced LAWS6933 International Petroleum Transactions. MIL and GradDipIntLaw students may enrol in either LAWS6990 Principles of Oil and Gas Law or LAWS6933 Global Oil and Gas Contracts and Issues, but not both.
Int May
LAWS6891
GST - International Issues
6    P LAWS6214 or LAWS6814 (or equivalent knowledge)
Int May
LAWS6846
Human Rights and the Global Economy
6    N LAWS5134


Master of Law and International Development students may undertake this unit as an elective or capstone unit
Int August
LAWS6059
International Business Law
6    A LAWS6252 or law degree from a common or civil law jurisdiction


Core unit for MIntBus&L students.
Int March
LAWS6022
Internatl & Comparative Labour Law
6      Int August
LAWS6060
International Commercial Arbitration
6      Int August
LAWS6219
International Criminal Law
6    N LAWS6896
Int July
LAWS6865
International Dispute Resolution
6    N LAWS6202


This unit replaced LAWS6865 International Dispute Resolution: Principles and LAWS6865 International Dispute Resolution: Theory & Practice.
Int Sept
LAWS6061
International Environmental Law
6   

Students seeking further study in international environmental law may undertake LAWS6922 Advanced International Environmental Law.
Int May
LAWS6138
Internatl Fin Transactions: Law & Prac
6      Int April
LAWS6161
International Human Rights
6    N GOVT6117
Semester 2
LAWS6218
International Humanitarian Law
6    N LAWS3483, LAWS5183
Int May
LAWS6037
International Import/Export Laws
6      Semester 1
LAWS6916
International Investment Law
6      Int March
LAWS6062
International Law-the Use of Armed Force
6    N LAWS3483, LAWS5183
Int Sept
LAWS6857
Introduction to Chinese Law
6    A LAWS6252 or law degree from a common or civil law jurisdiction
N LAWS6001 and students who have completed a law degree in the People's Republic of China
Int May
LAWS6879
Japanese Law
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
For further information, please visit http://sydney.edu.au/law/caplus/ or email law.offshore@sydney.edu.au
Int February
LAWS6816
Labour Law in the Global Economy
6    A LAWS6252 or a law degree and, for MLLR students, LAWS6071
Int Sept
LAWS6932
Law and Investment in Asia
6      Int April
LAWS6928
Law, Justice and Development
6    N LAWS3478


This unit is compulsory for MLawIntDev students and replaced LAWS6928 Law & Economic Development.
Int April
LAWS6982
Law of Economic Integration in the EU
6    A basic understanding of EU Law
Int March
LAWS6047
Law of the Sea
6      Int June
LAWS6149
Legal Pluralism in Southeast Asia
12   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit will be taught offshore with the cooperation of Gadjah Mada University (Yogyakarta, Indonesia) and International Islamic University (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia). These institutions will provide guest lecturers. These institutions can be contacted through Assoc Prof Simon Butt and Dr Salim Farrar. Students must register their attendance before enrolling. For further information, please visit http://sydney.edu.au/law/caplus Registration enquiries law.offshore@sydney.edu.au Enrolment enquiries law.postgraduate@sydney.edu.au
Int July
LAWS6252
Legal Reasoning & the Common Law System
6    N LAWS6881


International students who are required to enrol in this unit must undertake classes during the first week of their study. Health Law and Public Health students should enrol in LAWS6881 Introduction to Law for Health Professionals in lieu of LAWS6252, if available. This unit is not available to MLawIntDev students who have been granted a reduced volume of learning. Students must attend all classes on the timetabled dates as prescribed for their enrolled session/group. An Absent Fail grade may be granted to students who fail to attend the correct session/group.
Int April
Int August
Int March
Int Sept
LAWS6864
New Tech, Risk and Environmental Law
6   

This unit replaced LAWS6864 Genetically Modified Organisms & the Environment.
Int Sept
LAWS6944
Regulation of Mkt Manipulation & Abuse
6   

This unit replaced LAWS6944 Manipulation and Abuse in Global Securities Markets.
Int August
LAWS6177
Tax Treaties
6      Int May
LAWS6946
Tax Treaties Special Issues
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment in the following sessions:Int June

Int June
Int November
LAWS6119
The State and Global Governance
6   

Note: This unit replaced LAWS6119 Theories of International Law. Master of Law and International Development students may undertake this unit as an elective or capstone unit.
Int Sept
LAWS6123
Transfer Pricing in International Tax
6      Int May
LAWS6109
UK International Taxation
6      Int August
LAWS6844
US Corporate Law
6      Int February
LAWS6171
US International Taxation
6      Int May

Course rules

 

Graduate Diploma in International Law

Master of International Law


These resolutions must be read in conjunction with applicable University By-laws, Rules and policies including (but not limited to) the University of Sydney (Coursework) Rule 2000 (the 'Coursework Rule'), the Resolutions of the Faculty, the University of Sydney (Student Appeals against Academic Decisions) Rule 2006 (as amended) and the Academic Board policies on Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism.

Course resolutions

1 Course codes

Code Course title
JF013 Graduate Diploma in International Law
JC013 Master of International Law

2 Attendance pattern

The attendance pattern for these courses is full-time or part-time according to candidate choice.

3 Master's type

The master's degree in these resolutions is a professional master's degree, as defined by the Coursework Rule.

4 Embedded courses in this sequence

(1)
The embedded courses in this sequence are:
(a)
the Graduate Diploma in International Law
(b)
the Master of International Law
(2)
Provided that candidates satisfy the admission requirements for each stage, a candidate may progress to the award of either of the courses in this sequence. Only the longer award completed will be conferred.

5 Admission to candidature

(1)
Available places will be offered to qualified applicants based on merit, according to the following admissions criteria.
(2)
Admission to candidature for the Graduate Diploma in International Law requires:
(a)
a bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney in government, international studies, law or other appropriate discipline as determined by the Faculty, or an equivalent qualification; or
(b)
a bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney, or an equivalent qualification; and the applicant provides evidence of professional experience or of a period of service (normally of several years in duration) which in the opinion of the Dean adequately prepares the applicant to undertake the course of study.
(3)
Admission to candidature for the Master of International Law requires:
(a)
a bachelor's degree with a minimum credit average from the University of Sydney in government, international studies, law or other appropriate discipline as determined by the Faculty, or an equivalent qualification; or
(b)
a bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney, or an equivalent qualification; and the applicant provides evidence of professional experience or of a period of service (normally of several years in duration) which in the opinion of the Dean adequately prepares the applicant to undertake the course of study; or
(c)
completion of the requirements of the Graduate Diploma in International Law with a minimum credit average, or an equivalent qualification.

6 Requirements for award

(1)
The units of study that may be taken for the Graduate Diploma in International Law are set out in the table of units of study for the Graduate Diploma in International Law. To qualify for the award of the Graduate Diploma in International Law, a candidate must complete 24 credit points comprising 12 credit points of core units of study and 12 credit points of elective units of study.
(2)
The units of study that may be taken for the Master of International Law are set out in the table of units of study for the Master of International Law. To qualify for the award of the Master of International Law, a candidate must complete 48 credit points comprising 12 credit points of compulsory core units of study, a minimum of 12 credit points of core untes of study and a maximum of 24 credit points of elective units of study, including 6 credit points of approved elective units of study from the Department of Government and International Relations or the Centre for International Security Studies.

7 Course transfer

A candidate for the master's degree may elect to discontinue study and graduate with the shorter award from this embedded sequence, with the approval of the Dean, and provided the requirements of the shorter award have been met.

8 Transitional provisions

(1)
These resolutions apply to students who commenced their candidature on or after 1 January 2011.
(2)
Students who commenced prior to 1 January 2011 will complete the requirements in accordance with the resolutions in force at the time of their commencement, provided that requirements are completed by 1 January 2016. The Faculty may specify a later date for completion or specify alternative requirements for completion of candidatures that extend beyond this time.