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 University of Sydney Law School prior to enrolment
Students 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.

Compulsory Core Units of Study

LAWS6243
International Law I
6    N LAWS1023, 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. This unit is available as one of the core units for GradDipIntBusLaw students.
Intensive March
Semester 2
LAWS6167
International Law II
6    A LAWS6243


Compulsory core unit for MIL and GradDipIntLaw students. This unit replaced LAWS6167 International Law and Australian Institutions.
Intensive May
Semester 2

Core Units of Study

LAWS6059
International Business Law
6    A Students who do not hold a law degree from a common or civil law jurisdiction must either have completed or be concurrently enrolled in LAWS6252 Legal Reasoning and the Common Law System before enrolling in this unit.
N LAWS3438, LAWS5138
Intensive September
LAWS6060
International Commercial Arbitration
6   

This is available as one of the core units for GradDipIntBusLaw students
Intensive May
LAWS6061
International Environmental Law
6      Intensive May
LAWS6161
International Human Rights
6    N GOVT6117


Available to MLLR students who commenced after Jan 2015.
Intensive October
LAWS6218
International Humanitarian Law
6    N LAWS3483 or LAWS5183
Intensive August
LAWS6062
International Law-the Use of Armed Force
6    N LAWS3483 or LAWS5183
Intensive August
LAWS6047
Law of the Sea
6      Intensive October
LAWS6119
The State and Global Governance
6   

Master of Law and International Development students may undertake this unit as an elective or capstone unit.
Intensive May
LAWS6063
World Trade Organization Law I
6    A limited knowledge of law of treaties
N LAWS3439 or LAWS5139
Intensive September

Elective Law Units of Study

LAWS6141
Asia Pacific Environmental Law
6      Intensive August
LAWS6209
Australian International Taxation
6    A It is assumed that students undertaking this unit have an understanding of Australian income taxation law commensurate with that which would be obtained from completing undergraduate study in Australian taxation law or five years working with Australian tax law in a law or accounting practice in an industry role or in the Australian Taxation Office. For students who do not have such knowledge or work experience they first should undertake LAWS6825 Introduction to Australian Business Tax before enrolling in this unit. The completion of other foundation units such as LAWS6840 Taxation of Business and Investment Income A and LAWS6841 Taxation of Business and Investment Income B will provide students, without such knowledge or work experience, with additional knowledge and skills that will assists in successfully completing this unit.
Semester 2
LAWS6091
Chinese International Taxation
6    A It is assumed that students undertaking this unit have successfully completed an undergraduate/postgraduate unit of study in tax law.
Intensive May
LAWS6001
Chinese Laws and Chinese Legal Systems
12    A undergraduate law degree from a common or civil law jurisdiction or LAWS6252
N LAWS6857 or LAWS3014 or LAWS3068 or LAWS5368


This unit is not available to students who have completed a law degree in the People's Republic of China. 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. Students cannot enrol directly into this unit in Sydney Student. Enrolment instructions will be provided upon successful pre-enrolment registration. For further information, please visit http://sydney.edu.au/law/offshore/index.shtml.
Intensive December
LAWS6320
Climate Justice and Disaster Law
6   

This unit replaced LAWS6320 Climate Disaster Law.
Intensive September
LAWS6314
Coastal and Marine Law
6      Intensive March
LAWS6824
Commercial Conflict of Laws
6    A undergraduate law degree
N LAWS6884
Intensive October
LAWS6153
Comparative Corporate Taxation
6    A It is assumed that students undertaking this unit have successfully completed an undergraduate/postgraduate unit of study in tax law.
Intensive August
LAWS6128
Comparative International Taxation
6    A It is assumed that students undertaking this unit have successfully completed an undergraduate/postgraduate unit of study in tax law.
Intensive March
LAWS6222
Corporate Governance
6      Intensive March
LAWS6140
Corp Soc Responsibility: Theory/Pol
6   

Available to MLLR students who commenced after Jan 2015.
Intensive July
LAWS6997
Cross-Border Deals
6    A Available to law graduates only. 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.
Intensive October
LAWS6974
Development, Law and Human Rights
12   

Students cannot enrol directly into this unit in Sydney Student. Enrolment instructions will be provided upon successful pre-enrolment registration. For further information, please visit http://sydney.edu.au/law/offshore/index.shtml
Intensive February
LAWS6852
Doing Business in China
6    A Students who do not hold a law degree from a common or civil law jurisdiction must either have completed or be concurrently enrolled in LAWS6252 Legal Reasoning and the Common Law System before enrolling in this unit.
Intensive May
LAWS6355
Energy and Water Security Law
6   

Students who have previously completed both LAWS6191 Water Law and Climate Change and LAWS6163 Energy and Climate Law are not permitted to enrol in this unit.
Intensive October
LAWS6334
Gender Inequality and Development
6      Intensive August
LAWS6964
Global Energy and Resources Law
6      Intensive May
LAWS6920
Global Health Law
6      Intensive July
LAWS6846
Human Rights and the Global Economy
6    N LAWS5178 or LAWS3478


Master of Law and International Development students may undertake this unit as an elective or capstone unit
Intensive May
LAWS6022
International and Comparative Labour Law
6      Intensive May
LAWS6138
Internatl Fin Transactions: Law and Prac
6      Intensive March
LAWS6037
International Import/Export Laws
6      Semester 1
LAWS6916
International Investment Law
6      Intensive March
LAWS6184
International Law Research Project A
6    C LAWS6185

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Applications close on 30 September (Semester 1) and 30 April (Semester 2). Students whose application is pending on the outcome of their previous semester's results should not apply until after the official results release date. Students must complete both LAWS6184 and LAWS6185 within one or over two semesters. If you have any concerns, please contact Sydney Law School E: law.postgraduate@sydney.edu.au.
Semester 1
Semester 2
LAWS6185
International Law Research Project B
6    C LAWS6184

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Applications close on 30 September (Semester 1) and 30 April (Semester 2). Students whose application is pending on the outcome of their previous semester's results should not apply until after the official results release date. Students must complete both LAWS6184 and LAWS6185 within one or over two semesters. If you have any concerns, please contact Sydney Law School E: law.postgraduate@sydney.edu.au.
Semester 1
Semester 2
LAWS6879
Japanese Law
6   

Students cannot enrol directly into this unit in Sydney Student. Enrolment instructions will be provided upon successful pre-enrolment registration. For further information, please visit http://sydney.edu.au/law/offshore/index.shtml. Students may also substitute one or two days from Feb 13, 14 in Tokyo.
Intensive February
LAWS6932
Law and Investment in Asia
6      Intensive May
LAWS6928
Law, Justice and Development
6    N LAWS3478, LAWS5178


This unit is compulsory for MLawIntDev students.
Intensive April
LAWS6149
Legal Pluralism in Southeast Asia
12   

Students cannot enrol directly into this unit in Sydney Student. Enrolment instructions will be provided upon successful pre-enrolment registration. For further information, please visit http://sydney.edu.au/law/offshore/index.shtml.
Intensive July
LAWS6944
Market Manipulation and Insider Trading
6      Intensive November
LAWS6177
Tax Treaties
6    A It is assumed that students undertaking this unit have an understanding of Australian income taxation law commensurate with that which would be obtained from completing undergraduate study in Australian taxation law or five years working with Australian tax law in a law or accounting practice in an industry role or in the Australian Taxation Office. For students who do not have such knowledge or work experience they first should undertake LAWS6825 Introduction to Australian Business Tax before enrolling in this unit. The completion of LAWS6209 Australian International Taxation will provide students, without such knowledge or work experience, with additional knowledge and skills that will assists in successfully completing this unit.
Intensive May
LAWS6946
Tax Treaties Special Issues
6    P LAWS6177
Intensive October
LAWS6123
Transfer Pricing in International Tax
6    A It is assumed that students undertaking this unit have an understanding of Australian income taxation law commensurate with that which would be obtained from completing undergraduate study in Australian taxation law or five years working with Australian tax law in a law or accounting practice in an industry role or in the Australian Taxation Office. For students who do not have such knowledge or work experience they first should undertake LAWS6825 Introduction to Australian Business Tax before enrolling in this unit. The Completion of LAWS6209 Australian International Taxation will provide students, without such knowledge or work experience, with additional knowledge and skills that will assists in successfully completing this unit.
Intensive June
LAWS6109
UK International Taxation
6    A It is assumed that students undertaking this unit have successfully completed an undergraduate/postgraduate unit of study in tax law.
Intensive September
LAWS6844
US Corporate Law
6      Intensive May
LAWS6171
US International Taxation
6    A It is assumed that students undertaking this unit have successfully completed an undergraduate/postgraduate unit of study in tax law.
Intensive May

Non-Law Elective Units of Study

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

GOVT6136
Asia Pacific Politics
6      Semester 1
GOVT6150
Challenges of Democratic Politics
6      Intensive February
GOVT6111
Chinese Politics
6    C Recommended Co-requisites: CHSC6901 for Master of China Public Administration and Master of China Studies
Semester 2
GOVT6108
Democracy, Development and Rights in SE Asia
6      Semester 1
GOVT6304
Development and World Politics
6      Semester 2
GOVT6225
Essential Readings in Int'l Relations
6      Semester 1
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 2
GOVT6156
Governance and Civil Society
6      Semester 2
GOVT6319
Governance and Public Policy Making
6      Semester 2
GOVT6116
International Organisations
6      Semester 1
GOVT6357
International Policy Making
6      Semester 2
GOVT6119
International Security
6      Semester 1
Semester 2
GOVT6313
Leadership in Theory and Practice
6      Semester 2
GOVT6121
Northeast Asian Politics
6      Semester 1
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 2

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

CISS6016
Chinese Foreign and Security Policy
6      Semester 1
CISS6012
Civil-Military Relations
6   

Students must not undertake this unit if they took CISS6011 (Special Topic in International Security) when the special topic was Civil-Military Relations
Semester 2
CISS6022
Cybersecurity
6      Semester 2
CISS6004
Health and Security
6      Semester 2
CISS6013
Middle East Conflict and Security

This unit of study is not available in 2018

6    N GOVT6154
Intensive December
CISS6001
New Security Challenges
6      Semester 2
CISS6018
Nuclear Arms Control and Non-proliferation
6      Semester 1
CISS6006
Statebuilding and 'Fragile States'
6      Semester 2
CISS6002
Strategy and Security in the Asia-Pacific
6      Semester 1
CISS6019
War and Strategy
6      Semester 2