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 (2014)

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 (2014)
Chinese International Taxation
Chinese Laws and Chinese Legal Systems
Comparative Admiralty and Maritime Law
Comparative Corporate Taxation
Comparative International Taxation
Constitutional Theory
Crime Research and Policy
Criminal Procedures
Corporate Governance
Cross-Border Deals
Doing Business in China
Economics of Tax Policy
Explaining Crime
Explaining Punishment
International and Comparative Labour Law
International and Comparative Criminal Justice
International Financial Transactions: Law and Practice
Introduction to Australian Business Tax
Introduction to Chinese Law
Japanese Law
Judicial Review - Principles, Policy and Procedure
Labour Law in the Global Economy
Law and Investment in Asia
Law of Asset Protection
Law of Tax Administration
Law of the Sea
Law, Justice and Development
Legal Pluralism in Southeast Asia
New Technologies, Risk and Environmental Law
Personal Property Securities
Philosophy of Law
Plain English in Legal Writing
Risk, Fear and Insecurity
Securities and Markets Regulation
Takeovers and Reconstructions
Taxation of Mergers and Acquisitions
Taxation of Partnerships and Trusts
Transfer Pricing in International Tax
UK International Taxation
US Corporate Law
US International Taxation
Water Law and Climate Change

Domestic (Australian) Law units of study (2014)
Administrative Law
Advanced Financing Techniques
Advanced Obligations and Remedies
Anti-Terrorism Law
Biodiversity Law
Corruption and International Development
Copyright and Copyright Industries
Child Sexual Abuse: Diverse Perspectives
Climate Disaster Law
Coastal and Marine Law
Commercial Conflict of Laws
Comparative Admiralty and Maritime Law
Comparative Corporate Taxation
Competition Law
Compliance: Theory and Practice in the Financial Services Industry
Constitutional Theory
Consumer Contracts and Product Defects
Controlling Liability by Contract
Copyright and Copyright Industries
Corporate Fundraising
Corporate Governance
Corporate Innovation and Abuse
Corporate Social Responsibility: Theory and Policy
Corporate Taxation
Crime Research and Policy
Criminal Justice: Prevention and Control
Criminal Liability
Criminal Procedures
Critical Issues in Public Health Law
Cross-Border Deals
Discretion in Criminal Justice
Discrimination in the Workplace
Dispute Resolution in Australia
Economics of Tax Policy
Employment Law Advocacy
Energy and Climate Law
Environmental Impact Assessment Law
Environmental Law and Policy
Environmental Planning Law
Equity Financing
Expert Evidence and Class Action Procedure
Explaining Crime
Explaining Punishment
Forensic Psychology
Freedom of Speech
Functional Analysis of Law and Social Control
Fundamentals of the Board and Directors' Duties
Fundamentals of Commercial Law
Fundamentals of Contract Law
Fundamentals of Corporate Law
Fundamentals of Finance Law
Fundamentals of the Law of Trusts
Goods and Services Tax Principles A
Government Regulation, Health Policy and Ethics
Health Care and Professional Liability
Insolvency Law
Insurance Contract Law
Interpreting Commercial Contracts
Introduction to Australian Business Tax
Judicial Review - Principles, Policy and Procedure
Labour Law
Law and Healthy Lifestyles
Law of Agency
Law of Asset Protection
Law of Not-for-Profits
Law of Tax Administration
Law, Justice and Development
Mediation - Skills and Theory
Mental Illness: Law and Policy
New Technologies, Risk and Environmental Law
Personal Property Securities
Philosophy of Law
Plain English in Legal Writing
Precedent, Interpretation and Probability
Principles of Intellectual Property
Public Policy
Regulation of Corporate Crime
Regulation of Market Manipulation and Abuse
Risk, Fear and Insecurity
Securities and Markets Regulation
Shareholders' Remedies
Takeovers and Reconstructions
Tax Avoidance and Anti-Avoidance
Tax Litigation
Tax of Business and Investment Income A
Tax of Business and Investment Income B
Tax Treaties
Tax Treaties Special Issues
Taxation and Regulation of Superannuation
Taxation of Corporate Finance
Taxation of Corporate Groups
Taxation of Mergers and Acquisitions
Taxation of Partnerships and Trusts
The Causation Element
The State and Global Governance
Theories of Law
Theories of the Judiciary
Water Law and Climate Change
White Collar and Corporate Crime
Work Safety
Workplace Bargaining
Workplace Investigations

International Law Units of Study (2014)
Anti-Terrorism Law
Australian International Taxation
Biodiversity Law
Carbon Trading, Derivatives and Taxation
Chinese International Taxation
Chinese Laws and Chinese Legal Systems
Climate Disaster Law
Coastal and Marine Law
Commercial Conflict of Laws
Comparative Admiralty and Maritime Law
Comparative Corporate Taxation
Comparative International Taxation
Competition Law
Compliance: Theory and Practice in the Financial Services Industry
Constitutional Theory
Consumer Contracts and Product Defects
Corporate Governance
Corporate Social Responsibility: Theory and Policy
Corruption and International Development
Cross-Border Deals
Doing Business in China
Energy and Climate Law
Global Health Law
Global Oil and Gas Contracts and Issues
GST - International Issues
Human Rights and the Global Economy
International and Comparative Criminal Justice
International and Comparative Labour Law
International Business Law
International Commercial Arbitration
International Criminal Law
International Dispute Resolution
International Environmental Law
International Financial Transactions: Law and Practice
International Human Rights
International Humanitarian Law
International Import/Export Laws
International Investment Law
International Law I
International Law II
International Law-the Use of Armed Force
Introduction to Australian Business Tax
Introduction to Chinese Law
Japanese Law
Labour Law in the Global Economy
Law and Investment in Asia
Law of the Sea
Law, Justice and Development
Legal Pluralism in Southeast Asia
Regulation of Market Manipulation and Abuse
Tax Treaties
Tax Treaties Special Issues
The State and Global Governance
Transfer Pricing in International Tax
UK International Taxation
US Corporate Law
US International Taxation

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 (2014)
Constitutional Theory
Freedom of Speech
Functional Analysis of Law and Social Control
Philosophy of Law
Theories of the Judiciary
Precedent, Interpretation and Probability
Theories of Law

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)