Monash University

Postgraduate - Area of study

Students who commenced study in 2014 should refer to this area of study entry for direction on the requirments; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your area of study.

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Managing facultyFaculty of Law
Campus(es)City (Melbourne)
CoordinatorDr Gideon Boas


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.


The international and comparative law specialisation provides students with an advanced legal knowledge across a broad spectrum of legal issues with international significance. These range across broad issues of public international law, international human rights and humanitarian law, international criminal law and justice, international commercial and comparative law and international trade and finance law. This specialisation suits lawyers whose practice exposes them to any aspect of international or comparative law, whether this be in the commercial, criminal or human rights law areas. It also suits lawyers and non-lawyers who work in, or have an interest in working in non-government organisations (NGOs), government and industry (domestically or internationally), who are interested in the impact of the international legal framework of their work.

The specialisation carries a broad offering of units taught by Monash Law staff with international reputations in their areas, carefully chosen practitioners with considerable expertise and visiting international experts. In this way the international and comparative law specialisation is carefully constructed to provide an outstanding exposure to the theory and practice of international and comparative law.


For the most up-to-date list of units available in 2014 by specialisation refer to the faculty's [ ([Postgraduate units] information webpage; not all units in the list below are available for enrolment in 2014.

  • LAW7000 Minor thesis (25,000 - 30,000 words)
  • LAW7019 European union law and policy
  • LAW7026 Overview of international human rights law
  • LAW7028 International trade law
  • LAW7068 International environmental law
  • LAW7077 International aspects of intellectual property
  • LAW7078 Graduate research paper
  • LAW7212 Australian legal system (non-law graduates only)
  • LAW7213 Law of the internet
  • LAW7218 International humanitarian law
  • LAW7246 Privacy and surveillance: Law, policy and governance
  • LAW7253 Human rights in the global economy
  • LAW7260 Indigenous rights and international law
  • LAW7263 International covenant on civil and political rights
  • LAW7278 Comparative competition law
  • LAW7280 Cybercrime
  • LAW7286 International criminal justice
  • LAW7311 International human rights law and women
  • LAW7318 International law and economic, cultural and social rights
  • LAW7320 Terrorism and human rights
  • LAW7323 International banking and finance: Law and practice
  • LAW7324 Energy law, regulation and policy
  • LAW7326 World Trade Organization (WTO) law
  • LAW7330 Protecting the rights of minorities, marginalised and vulnerable people
  • LAW7333 Comparative bills of rights
  • LAW7339 Arbitration of international commercial disputes
  • LAW7341 International criminal law: Procedural and practical aspects
  • LAW7343 The use of force in international law
  • LAW7344 Comparative corporate governance
  • LAW7416 International human rights law and development
  • LAW7419 Current issues in human rights law
  • LAW7425 International refugee law and human rights
  • LAW7427 International investment law
  • LAW7430 Corporate finance law
  • LAW7434 The law of climate change
  • LAW7436 Australian legal process and research (International students only)
  • LAW7438 Globalisation and international economic law
  • LAW7449 International labour law
  • LAW7451 International trade mark law
  • LAW7456 Minor thesis (12,000 - 15,000 words)
  • LAW7463 The international covenant on civil and political rights
  • LAW7478 Public international law
  • LAW7479 Domestic and international debt capital markets
  • LAW7481 Children's rights in international law
  • LAW7482 Transitional justice
  • LAW7488 Human trafficking and the law
  • LAW7487 Private international law in commercial disputes
  • LAW7495 International entertainment law
  • LAW7497 Victims, law and mass atrocity
  • LAW7540 (The) Chinese legal system: A comparative analysis

Units to be offered in Prato and Malaysia can be viewed on the Monash Law International Study Programs - Prato and MalaysiaMonash Law International Study Programs - Prato and Malaysia ( webpage.

Contact details

Monash University Law Chambers


Telephone: +61 3 9903 8035

Relevant courses

  • 2103 Graduate Diploma in Law
  • 0068 Master of Laws