Graduate Diploma in International Business Law (GradDipIntBusLaw)

Sydney Law School is an acknowledged leader in the field of international law. Its staff and expertise are well-respected and the scholarship of the Faculty extends across the entire spectrum of international law. Candidates can undertake units
that have a comparative focus or those that examine the international rules that govern the globe as a whole. It is a unique program in that it permits the study of core areas of international law with a variety of specialisations.

The Graduate Diploma in International Business Law (GradDipIntBusLaw) is a strong qualification in international law suitable for candidates who are not drawn to either the Master of International Law (MIL) nor the Master of International Business & Law (MIntBusLaw).

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

Associate Professor Simon Butt

Student Administration Enquiries

Postgraduate Team

Admission requirements

A relevant undergraduate degree at an appropriate level.

Program structure

24 credit points to complete, equivalent to four units of study. The units are taken from the area of International Law as well as those relevant to the discipline. Legal Reasoning and the Common Law System is not a compulsory unit but it may be a co/pre-requisite for some units of study.

Attendance pattern

Each unit of study entails 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. The units are then taught between 9am and 5pm over a block period. For example, an intensive unit may be taught two consecutive days one week and then two consecutive days in a fortnight's time. All classes are held in the Law School 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

Core Units of Study (2015)
Students are required to complete two of the following units:
Comparative International Taxation
International Business Law
International Commercial Arbitration
International Law I
Elective Units of Study (2015)
Australian International Taxation
Chinese International Taxation
Comparative Corporate Taxation
Comparative Value Added Tax
Compliance: Theory & Practice in the Financial Services Industry
Contract Management
Corporate Governance
Corporate Innovation and Regulation
Corporate Social Responsibility: Theory and Policy
Cross-Border Deals
Doing Business in Emerging Markets
Economics of Tax Policy
Fundamentals of Commercial Law
Fundamentals of Contract Law
Fundamentals of Corporate Law
Fundamentals of Finance Law
Fundamentals of the Board and Directors' Duties
Global Oil and Gas Contracts and Issues
International Financial Transactions: Law and Practice
International Import/Export Laws
International Investment Law
International Payments Law
Introduction to Chinese Law
Japanese Law
Law and Investment in Asia
Law of Asset Protection
Law of International Institutions
Law, Justice and Development
Legal Pluralism in Southeast Asia (12cp)
Market Manipulation and Insider Trading
Regulation of Corporate Crime
Tax Avoidance and Anti-Avoidance
Tax Treaties
Tax Treaties Special Issues
Trade Regulation, Health and the Environment
Transfer Pricing in International Taxation
UK International Taxation
US Corporate Law
US International Taxation
World Trade Organization – Dispute Resolution

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


The Sydney Law School has a long history of research and scholarship in international law. A number of prominent international lawyers have taught at the Faculty and the Challis Chair of International Law demonstrates the commitment of the Faculty to both teaching and scholarship in the area. For further information, please refer to the Our People section of the website.