Master of Law and International Development (MLawIntDev)
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.
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:
- 6 credit points of compulsory core unit of study;
- a minimum of 6 credit points of core units of study;
- a minimum of 12 credit points of capstone units of study; and
- 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:
- 6 credit points of compulsory core unit of study;
- a minimum of 6 credit points of capstone units of study; and
- a minimum of 24 credit points of units of study from the Faculty of Law.
The attendance pattern for this course is full-time or part-time according to candidate choice.
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.
|ATTENDANCE||CREDIT POINTS(CP) PER SEMESTER||MAXIMUM
(from first enrolment)
|FULL-TIME||18-24 CP||6 YEARS*|
|PART-TIME||max 12 CP||6 YEARS*|
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.
Please select from the dropdown box for the units of study list:
Compulsory Unit of Study (2017)
|Law, Justice and Development*|
Please note: this unit must be completed within the first year of enrolment.
Core Units of Study (2017)
|Development: Civil Society and Wellbeing (DVST6901)|
|Rethinking Poverty (DVST6904)|
|Legal Reasoning and the Common Law System (*)|
(*) This unit is not available to students who are granted a reduced volume of learning.
Capstone Units of Study (2017)
|Development, Law & Human Rights (12cp)|
|Independent Research Project|
|Legal Pluralism in Southeast Asia (12cp) - Not offered 2017|
|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.|
Non-Law Elective Units of Study
Non Law Elective Units of Study (2017)
|Development: Civil Society and Wellbeing|
|Foundations of International Health|
|Global Social Policy|
|Introduction to Sustainability|
|Key Issues in Peace and Conflict Studies|
|Public Sector Leadership|
*Please note: approval is required from Graduate School of Government prior to enrolment.
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 visit the Enrolment information for Master’s and Graduate Diploma students page.
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.
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:
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.