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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Law

Managing facultyLaw
Abbreviated titleLLM(Int&CompLaw)
CRICOS code045496K
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)1 year FT, 2 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (City (Melbourne))
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Coordinator Postgraduate Admissions and Publications

Email: Telephone: +61 3 9903 8500

Course coordinator

Associate Professor John Duns


The graduate program in international and comparative law provides advanced offerings in this area for law graduates. The extensive range of units enables students to develop and enhance their knowledge across the breadth of international and comparative law. This course caters for the needs of graduates who want to pursue an international career in law and law-related work. It is especially suited to lawyers whose practice exposes them to commercial law, human rights and international law. The graduate program focuses upon both a thorough grounding in the fundamental principles of international and comparative law and its practical application as well as addressing advanced and current issues from both a local and international perspective.


The Master of Laws (International and Comparative Law) provides law graduates with advanced legal knowledge across a broad spectrum of global legal issues, from human rights law and international commercial law, to comparative law and international trade and financial law.

Maximum credit allowed

12 credit points


The course comprises eight 6-point coursework units or coursework units and a minor thesis.


Students must complete one of the following options:

  • a minumum of five coursework units in the area of intenational and comparative law. The remaining three coursework units may be taken from the approved list of law units. Refer to the 'Areas of Study'.
  • four coursework units with at least one unit in the area of intenational and comparative law and a minor thesis of 25,000-30,000 words on an approved topic in the area.
  • six coursework units with at least three units in the area of intenational and comparative law and a minor thesis of 12,000-15,000 words on an approved topic in the area.

In order to qualify to undertake one of the minor thesis options, a student must have achieved a minimum of 70 per cent in each of the coursework units undertaken. Information on the minor thesis option is available at

Additional course requirement and recommendation:

  • Students with a law degree from a non-Australian jurisdiction must complete the unit LAW7436 Introduction to Australian legal process.
  • International students are recommended to undertake the unit LAW7285 Legal research and communications.

For further information regarding law units and specialisations visit

Students are advised that not all units may be available in every year.

For information on the current postgraduate law timetable visit

Areas of Study

Law postgraduate elective units

Alternative exit(s)

Students may exit with a Graduate Diploma in Law (International and Comparative Law) providing all requirements for that award have been met.


Master of Laws (International and Comparative Law)