Master of Global Law (MGlobL)

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Global law encompasses not just international law, but an approach to law that is transnational in scope, taking in the domestic laws of different countries, and integrating an understanding of domestic regimes within the broader context of international laws, instruments and institutions.

Sydney Law School's new Master of Global Law provides a uniquely flexible pathway to a global legal or business career. The first program of its kind in Australia, candidates enrolled in the Master of Global Law gain a transnational understanding of law through the requirement to enrol in units in international law, comparative and foreign law, and domestic (Australian) law. With around 125 units of study offered in any given year, this flexible structure allows candidates to specialise in their preferred topic areas, while becoming familiar with forms of regulation and the substantive laws of different legal systems, and preparing for legal and business careers that are transnational and extend beyond Australia's borders. This program is targeted to applicants from a legal, business and/or relevant professional background. Other applicants will be considered, based on the relevance of their prior field of study, the level of merit of their prior degree, and relevant professional experience.


Applications are still open. However, some units may have restricted class size and compulsory units may run early in the semester. It is strongly recommended that applicants submit their application on time to avoid disappointment. Please contact the Postgraduate Team for further details.

Please read through How to apply and ensure all relevant application documents are available to upload before applying online:

Program Co-ordinator

Professor Cameron Stewart

Student Administration Enquiries

Postgraduate Team

Admission requirements

Applicants are required to have completed a Bachelor's degree or equivalent tertiary qualification at a level of merit sufficient for the program of study. The degree need not be in law.

Program structure

The Master of Global Law (MGlobL) requires the completion of 48 credit points, equivalent to eight units of study. Most of the units offered for credit towards the degree carry a value of six credit points each. Students may choose from the entire range of relevant units on offer, but are required to choose a minimum of one unit from each of the following groupings:

Program attendance

Each unit of study involves 26 contact hours. Units are offered on a semester length basis or intensive basis. Semester length units are taught once a week over 13 weeks on either a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evening between 6pm and 8pm. Intensive units of study condense the 26 hours over a period of four to five days which may be consecutive or spaced across the teaching semester. For example, an intensive unit may be taught between 9am and 5pm over two consecutive days during one week, followed by a further two consecutive days of lectures in a fortnight's time. All classes are held in the New Law School Building or in the old Law School Building in Phillip St, Sydney.

Duration

ATTENDANCE CREDIT POINTS(CP) PER SEMESTER MAXIMUM
(from first enrolment)
FULL-TIME 18-24 CP 6 YEARS*
PART-TIME max 12 CP 6 YEARS*
*Periods of suspension, exclusion or lapsed candidature will be added to the maximum completion times except that no completion time will exceed 10 years from first enrolment. Credit will not be granted for previous studies older than 10 years at the time of first enrolment. If a student is admitted with credit, the Faculty will determine a reduced time limit for completion of the award course.

Units of study

Please note: some units of study may have pre-requisite requirements or prohibition guidelines and may not be available to those without a law degree. Please check with the Sydney Law School directly if in doubt.

Compulsory Units of Study (2015)

Candidates must either have completed or be concurrently enrolled in the compulsory unit(s) of study prior to undertaking the elective units of study
Legal Reasoning & The Common Law System*
*Candidates without a law degree from a common law jurisdiction must undertake this unit prior to enrolling in other law units.

Elective units of study

Candidates must complete a minimum of one unit of study from each of the three groupings:

Comparative and Foreign Law Units of Study (2015)
Chinese International Taxation 
Chinese Laws & Chinese Legal Systems (12cp)
Comparative Corporate Taxation 
Comparative International Taxation 
Comparative Value Added Tax
Corporate Governance
Crime Research and Policy
Criminal Procedures
Cross-Border Deals
Economics of Tax Policy
Energy and Climate Law
Explaining Crime
Fiduciary Duties and Conflicts of Interest
International Financial Transactions: Law and Practice
Introduction to Australian Business Tax
Introduction to Chinese Law
Islamic Law and Commerce
Japanese Law
Labour Law in the Global Economy
Law and Investment in Asia
Law of Asset Protection
Law of International Institutions
Law of Tax Administration
Law of the Sea 
Law, Justice and Development 
Legal Pluralism in Southeast Asia (12cp)
Personal Property Securities
Philosophy of Law
Transfer Pricing in International Taxation
UK International Taxation 
US Corporate Law 
US International Taxation
Water Law and Climate Change

Domestic (Australian) Law units of study (2015)
Administrative Law
Advanced Employment Law
Advanced Obligations and Remedies
Anti-Terrorism Law
Australian International Taxation
Breach of Contract
Capital Gains Tax
Climate Disaster Law
Comparative Corporate Taxation
Competition Law
Compliance: Theory & Practice in the Financial Services Industry
Contract Management
Corporate Fundraising
Corporate Governance
Corporate Innovation and Regulation
Corporate Social Responsibility: Theory and Policy
Corporate Taxation
Crime and Media
Crime Research and Policy
Crime, Responsibility and Policy
Criminal Justice: Developments in Prevention & Control
Criminal Liability
Criminal Procedures
Critical Issues in Public Health Law
Death Law
Debt Financing
Discretion in Criminal Justice
Discrimination in the Workplace
Dispute Resolution in Australia
Doing Business in Emerging Markets
Economics of Tax Policy
Energy and Climate Law
Environmental Criminology: Space & Place
Environmental Impact Assessment Law
Environmental Law and Policy
Environmental Planning Law
Executive Employment
Expert Evidence Law and Class Action Procedure
Explaining Crime
Fiduciary Duties and Conflicts of Interest
Financial Issues on Relationship Breakdown
Forensic Psychology
Functional Analysis of Law and Social Control
Fundamentals of Commercial Law
Fundamentals of Contract Law
Fundamentals of Corporate Law
Fundamentals of Finance Law
Fundamentals of the Board and Directors' Duties
Fundamentals of the Law of Trusts
Goods and Services Tax Principles A
Government Regulation, Health Policy & Ethics
Health Care and Professional Liability
Heritage Law
Human Rights and Environmental Law
Immigration and Labour Law
Indigenous Peoples and Criminal Justice
Industrial Associations: Trade Unions and Employer Associations
Information Rights in Health Care
Insolvency Law
Insurance Contract Law
Interpretation of Statutes and Other Texts
Introduction to Australian Business Tax
Judicial Review - Principles, Policy and Procedure
Labour Law
Law of Asset Protection
Law of Tax Administration
Law, Justice and Development
Law, Tropical Forests and Carbon
Legal Responsibility and Philosophy of Mind
Market Manipulation and Insider Trading
Mediation – Skills and Theory
Mental Illness: Law and Policy
Personal Property Securities
Philosophy of Law
Policing: Crime, Control and Security
Pollution and Contaminated Land
Public Policy
Regulation of Corporate Crime
Shareholders' Remedies
Tax Avoidance and Anti-Avoidance 
Tax Litigation
Tax Treaties
Tax Treaties Special Issues
Taxation & Regulation of Superannuation
Taxation of Business & Investment Income A
Taxation of Business & Investment Income B
Taxation of Corporate Finance
Taxation of Corporate Groups
Taxation of Mergers and Acquisitions
Taxation of Partnerships and Trusts
The Causation Element
Theories of Law
Theories of the State
Trade Regulation, Health and the Environment
Water Law and Climate Change
Workplace Bargaining

International Law Units of Study (2015)
Anti-Terrorism Law
Asian Corporate Governance
Australian International Taxation
Chinese International Taxation
Chinese Laws & Chinese Legal Systems (12cp)
Climate Disaster Law
Comparative Corporate Taxation
Comparative International Taxation
Competition Law
Compliance: Theory & Practice in the Financial Services Industry
Corporate Governance
Corporate Social Responsibility: Theory and Policy
Cross-Border Deals
Development Law and Human Rights (12cp)
Energy and Climate Law
Global Energy and Resources Law
Global Health Law
Global Oil and Gas Contracts and Issues
Human Rights and Environmental Law
Immigration and Labour Law
International Business Law
International Commercial Arbitration
International Contract Law
International Environmental Law
International Financial Transactions: Law and Practice
International Human Rights
International Humanitarian Law
International Import/Export Laws
International Investment Law
International Law and the Use of Armed Force
International Law I
International Law II
International Payments Law
Introduction to Australian Business Tax
Introduction to Chinese Law
Islamic Law and Commerce
Japanese Law
Labour Law in the Global Economy
Law and Investment in Asia
Law of International Institutions
Law of the Sea
Law, Justice and Development
Law, Tropical Forests and Carbon
Legal Pluralism in Southeast Asia (12cp)
Tax Treaties
Tax Treaties Special Issues
Transfer Pricing in International Taxation
UK International Taxation
US Corporate Law
US International Taxation
Water Law and Climate Change
World Trade Organization – Dispute Resolution

Jurisprudence Unit of Study

Candidates may also enrol in up to 12 credit points of study from units offered in the Master of Jurisrprudence (MJur)

Jurisprudence Unit of Study (2015)
Functional Analysis of Law and Social Control
Legal Responsibility and Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy of Law
Theories of Law
Theories of the State

To assist candidates with selection of taxation law unit options, please consult with the Taxation Program Co-ordinator.

Independent Research Project

Independent Research Project - closing date 30 September (Semester 1) and 30 April (Semester 2)