Master of Global Law (MGlobL)

The Master of Global Law will be offered to new commencing students for the last time in Semester 2 (July), 2016.
This degree will no longer be offered to commencing students after this date.
Students can apply for related alternate degrees which includes: Master of Business Law; Master of International Law

Deema Salka, Master of Global Law (MGlobL)

“The inspiring choices offered within my degree allowed me to branch into a field which identifies how law functions within the transnational scope. I have gained immeasurably by making the most of the great resources at Sydney Law School. Being in the midst of so much energy and intelligence is exhilarating.”

Deema Salka, Master of Global Law (MGlobL)

The Program

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.

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 another Sydney CBD location.


(from first enrolment)
*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

Compulsory Units of Study (2016)

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

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.

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

Domestic (Australian) Law Units of Study (2016)

Administrative Law
Advanced Financing Techniques
Anti-Terrorism Law
Australian International Taxation
Capital Gains Tax
Child Sexual Abuse: Diverse Perspectives
Commercial Conflict of Laws
Commercial Trusts
Communications/Technology Regulation
Comparative Corporate Taxation
Comparative International Taxation
Competition Law
Compliance: Theory & Practice in the Financial Services Industry
Constitutional Theory
Contract Management
Contractual Damages
Controlling Liability by Contract
Corporate Governance
Corporate Innovation and Regulation
Corporate Social Responsibility: Theory and Policy
Corporate Taxation
Crime Research and Policy
Crime, Responsibility and Policy
Criminal Justice: Developments in Prevention & Control
Criminal Liability
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
Environmental Law and Policy
Environmental Litigation
Expert Evidence Law and Class Action Procedure
Explaining Crime
Forensic Psychology
Fundamentals of Commercial Law
Fundamentals of Contract Law
Fundamentals of Corporate Law
Fundamentals of Regulation
Gender Inequality and Development
Goods and Services Tax Principles A
Government Regulation, Health Policy & Ethics
Health Care and Professional Liability
Heritage Law
Human Rights and Environmental Law
Human Rights and the Global Economy
Information Rights in Health Care
Insolvency Law
Insurance Contract Law
Interaction of Tort and Contracts
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, Business and Healthy Lifestyles
Law, Justice and Development
Market Manipulation and Insider Trading
Media Law in Practice
Media Law: Comparative Perspectives
Mediation – Skills and Theory
Mental Illness: Law and Policy
Plain English in Legal Writing
Pollution and Contaminated Land
Principles of Intellectual Property
Principles of Oil and Gas Law
Public Policy
Quantitative Methods in Criminal Justice
Regulation of Corporate Crime
Risk, Fear and Insecurity
Securities and Markets Regulation
Shareholders’ Remedies
Takeovers and Reconstructions
Tax Avoidance and Anti-Avoidance
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 Offshore Operations
Taxation of Partnerships and Trusts
Taxation of Real Property Transactions
Work Health and Safety: Law and Policy
Workplace Bargaining
Workplace Investigations
Young People, Crime and the Law

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

International Law Units of Study (2016)

Anti-Terrorism Law
Asia Pacific Environmental Law
Australian International Taxation
Chinese International Taxation
Chinese Laws & Chinese Legal Systems (12cp)
Commercial Conflict of Laws
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
Coastal and Marine Law
Doing Business in China
Gender Inequality and Development
Global Energy and Resources Law
Global Health Law
Global Oil and Gas Contracts and Issues
Human Rights and Environmental Law
Human Rights and the Global Economy
International & Comparative Criminal Justice
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 Law
International Insolvency Law
International Investment Law
International Law and the Use of Armed Force
International Law I
International Law II
International Sports Law
International Wildlife Law
Interaction of Tort and Contracts
Introduction to Australian Business Tax
Introduction to Chinese Law
Japanese Law
Law and Investment in Asia
Law of the Sea
Law, Justice and Development
Legal Pluralism in Southeast Asia (12cp)
Market Manipulation and Insider Trading
Principles of Oil and Gas Law
Tax Treaties
Tax Treaties Special Issues
Transfer Pricing in International Taxation
UK International Taxation
US Corporate Law
US International Taxation
World Trade Organization Law I

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

Jurisprudence Units of Study (2016)

Candidates may also enrol in up to 12 credit points of study from units offered in the Master of Jurisrprudence (MJur)
Constitutional Theory
Functional Analysis of Law and Social Control
Morals and the Analysis of Legal Doctrine
Philosophy of Law
The Nature of the Common Law
Theories of the Judiciary

Independent Research Project

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

Enrolment Enquiries

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.

Current Students

Please visit the Enrolment information for Master’s and Graduate Diploma students page.

Future Students

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.

Please refer to the Admission to candidature - Faculty Handbook

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

Program Co-ordinator

Professor Roger Magnusson