Master of International Law (MIL) & Graduate Diploma in International Law (GradDipIntLaw)

Sydney Law School Postgraduate Coursework Video - The Master of International Law (MIL)

This program builds on the reputation of the Sydney Law School in international law, and its capacity to deliver superior quality postgraduate coursework programs. The international law program is designed to appeal to both local and international students who wish to obtain a specialist qualification in international law. This is consistent with the growing perception that knowledge of international law is important to graduates from a non-law background wishing to work in certain areas of the public service and for non-government organisations.

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:

Master of International Law (MIL)

Graduate Diploma in International Law (GradDipIntLaw)

Program Co-ordinator

Professor Chester Brown

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Admission requirements

Applicants are required to hold a relevant undergraduate degree (or equivalent qualification) at an appropriate level. Non-lawyers are eligible to apply for admission if they have an undergraduate degree relevant to international, legal or business studies.

Program structure

Studies in International Law can be taken as one or more single units of study, or eight units of study leading to a Master of International Law (MIL) degree. The Master's program requires 48 credit points for completion. The Graduate Diploma requires the completion of 24 credit points. Each unit of study is equivalent to six credit points.

Program attendance

Each law unit of study entails 26 contact hours. Law 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.


(from first enrolment)
Master's Coursework FULL-TIME 18-24 CP 6 YEARS*
Graduate diploma FULL-TIME 18-24 CP 3 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)

International Law I #
International Law II
# Candidates must either have completed or be concurrently enrolled in International Law I prior to undertaking other law units of study
Core Units of Study (2015)
MIL Students are required to complete two of the following units:
International Business Law
International Commercial Arbitration
International Environmental Law
International Human Rights
International Humanitarian Law
International Law and the Use of Armed Force
Law of the Sea
Elective Units of Study (2015)
Anti-Terrorism Law
Australian International Taxation
Chinese International Taxation
Chinese Laws & Chinese Legal Systems (12cp) (MIL Students Only)
Climate Disaster Law
Comparative Corporate Taxation
Comparative International Taxation
Corporate Governance
Corporate Social Responsibility: Theory and Policy
Cross-Border Deals
Development, Law & Human Rights (12cp)
Energy and Climate Law
Global Energy and Resources Law
Global Health Law
Global Oil and Gas Contracts and Issues
International Contract Law
International Financial Transactions: Law and Practice
International Import/Export Laws
International Investment Law
International Payments Law
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, Justice and Development
Law, Tropical Forests and Carbon
Legal Pluralism in Southeast Asia (12cp)
Market Manipulation and Insider Trading
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

Non-Law Elective Units of Study

Master’s candidates must complete 6 credit points of elective units of study from the Department of Government and International Relations or the Centre for International Security Studies

2015 Master of International Law Non-Law Elective Timetable (pdf)

Elective Units of Study offered by the Department of Government and International Relations (2015)
Unit Name
Unit Code
Chinese Politics
Comparative Democratic Politics
Democracy and Development in SE Asia
Essential Readings in International Relations
Forces of Change in International Relations
Foundations of International Relations
Globalisation and Governance
Governance and Civil Society
Governance and Public Policy Making
International Organisations
International Policy Making
International Security
International Security
Issues in Public Policy
Leadership in Theory and Practice
Media Politics
Northeast Asian Politics
Policy Making, Power and Politics
Public Management and Governance
Public Sector Ethics and Corruption
Topics in Environmental Politics
Elective Units of Study offered by the Centre for International Security Studies (2015)
Unit Name
Unit Code
Chinese Foreign and Security Policy
Health and Security
Middle East Conflict and Security
New Security Challenges
Nuclear Arms Control & Non-proliferation
Population and Security
Special Topic in International Security
Statebuilding and 'Fragile States'
Strategy & Security in the Asia-Pacific
War and Strategy

International Law Research Project

Candidates for the Master of International Law (MIL) may complete an elective unit of study, International Law Research Project (12 credit points), over one or two semesters. The research project requires submission of a substantial research paper of 15,000 to 20,000 words.

Closing dates:

  • 30 September (Semester 1)
  • 30 April (Semester 2)

International Law Research Project Application Guidelines and Form


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.