Master of Law and International Development (MLawIntDev)

About the Program

Law is increasingly recognised as having an important role in helping to achieve development goals. Law is now central to the ways in which the international community provides assistance to developing countries to help reduce poverty, achieve the Millenium Development Goals, engage with the global economy, and improve security and justice, The past decade has witnessed a significant growth in the work of law within international development, led by multilateral organisations such as the UN and its agencies, the World Bank and Asian Development Bank and by bilateral donors such as AusAID, DFID and USAID. This has led to an increasing demand for legal qualifications and expertise in Australia and beyond.

The Master of Law and International Development (MLawIntDev) is a specialist Masters degree that recognises the importance of law in international development while building on Sydney Law School’s reputation as Australia’s leading Law School in international, global and transnational law. The degree will prepare you for work in international development, including in specialist law and justice areas.

It consists of foundation courses giving an overview of the role of law in international development, together with units from six thematic clusters: Development and Rights, Environment Climate Change and Sustainability in Development, Global Health Law and Development, Legal Pluralism, Rule of Law and Governance, and Trade and Development.

In addition, there will be opportunities to participate in the Law School’s off-shore courses in Nepal, Indonesia, Malaysia and China and in specific skills courses such as project management.

The objective is to provide you with a realistic context as to the role of law in international development, one which, while underpinned by theory, is firmly based in practice.

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Program Co-ordinator

Professor David Kinley

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Admission Requirements

Applicants are required to have a bachelor's degree with a minimum credit average in law, development studies, commerce, economics, environmental studies, government, international studies, social work, science, or public administration, or in another relevant discipline as determined by the Faculty, or an equivalent qualification.

Program Structure

Students must complete one compulsory core unit of study, one core unit of study plus at least two capstone units of study. The remaining units of study are undertaken on an elective basis.

Consequently, to qualify for the award of the Master of Law and International Development, a student must complete 72 credit points, including:
(1) 6 credit points of compulsory core unit of study;
(2) a minimum of 6 credit points of core units of study;
(3) a minimum of 12 credit points of capstone units of study; and
(4) a minimum of 36 credit points of units of study from the Faculty of Law.

Sydney Law School may grant a candidate a reduced volume of learning in recognition of their qualifications and/or experience Students that are granted a reduced volume of learning must complete one compulsory core unit of study plus at least one capstone unit of study. The remaining units of study are undertaken on an elective basis.

Students who have been granted a reduced volume of learning in recognition of their qualifications and/or experience must therefore complete 48 credit points, including:
(1) 6 credit points of compulsory core unit of study;
(2) a minimum of 6 credit points of capstone units of study; and
(3) a minimum of 24 credit points of units of study from the Faculty of Law.

Attendance Pattern

The attendance pattern for this course is full-time or part-time according to candidate choice.

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 Unit of Study (2015)
Law, Justice and Development*

 *Please note: this unit must be completed within the first year of enrolment.

Candidates must complete at least 6 credit points of core units of study

Core Units of Study (2015)
Development: Civil Society and Wellbeing (DVST6901)
Rethinking Poverty (DVST6904)
International Law I (*)
Legal Reasoning and the Common Law System (*)

(*) This unit is not available to students who are granted a reduced volume of learning.

 

Candidates must complete at least 12 credit points of capstone units of study and 36 credit points of units of study from the Faculty of Law.

Capstone Units of Study (2015)
Chinese Laws and Chinese Legal Systems (12cp)
  • (i) Students must write an essay that focuses on a development topic
  • (ii) Topic being pre-approved by the Unit Coordinator.
Development, Law & Human Rights (12cp)
Independent Research Project
Legal Pluralism in Southeast Asia (12cp)
Project Management  (INFS5001)
Students who intend to undertake units which are taught offshore must ensure they hold an appropriate visa and/or approval from their sponsor to fund any additional expenses prior to accepting their offer of admission.
Elective Units of Study (2015)
Climate Disaster Law
Doing Business in Emerging Markets
Global Energy and Resources Law
Global Health Law
Global Oil and Gas Contracts and Issues
Human Rights and Environmental Law
Indigenous Peoples and Criminal Justice
International Environmental Law
International Human Rights
International Humanitarian Law
International Investment Law
Islamic Law and Commerce
Labour Law in the Global Economy
Law and Investment in Asia
Law of International Institutions
Public Policy
Water Law and Climate Change

Non-Law Elective Units of Study

2015 Master of Law and International Development Non-Law Units of Study Timetable (pdf)

Non  Law Elective Units of Study Name (2015)
Unit Code
Foundations of International Health
MIPH5131
Global Social Policy
SCWK6949
Introduction to Sustainability
SUST5001
Key Issues in Peace and Conflict Studies
PACS6911
Public Sector Leadership
GSOG6002

*Please note: approval is required from Graduate School of Government prior to enrolment.

Staff

Staff teaching in this program have active research programs and publication records in administrative law and policy. Information on individual staff, their research interests and publications, may be obtained from the Our People section of the website.