Master of Law and International Development - 2018

Postgraduate - Course

Commencement year

This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2018 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Law.

Other commencement years for this course: 2017 and 2016

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

Course code


Credit points


Abbreviated title




Managing faculty


Contact details

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Admission and fees


Course progression map

L6012 (pdf)

Course type

Master by coursework

Standard duration

1 year FT, 2 years PT

Students have a maximum of 4 years to complete this course including any periods of intermission and suspension, and must be continuously enrolled throughout.

Mode and location

On-campus (City (Melbourne))


Master of Law and International Development

Alternative exits

Graduate Certificate in Law

Refer to 'Alternative exits' entry below for further requirements and details.


This expert graduate course provides a thorough theoretical and practical grounding in the laws and regulatory frameworks governing the ways in which the international community provides assistance to developing countries to improve the economic, political and social quality of life for their people. It also develops the advanced skills and specialist knowledge required for working as a professional in this field. It is suitable for graduates interested developing or enhancing specialist careers in international development within government, non-government or not-for-profit sectors.

Students investigate contemporary issues in law, practice and scholarship, and evaluate complex issues relevant to the field from theoretical, international and interdisciplinary perspectives. The course enhances students' capacity to undertake independent research, and includes options for a pathway to doctoral studies.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and recent developments in areas of law and international development and the practice of law and international development
  2. apply theories, knowledge and skills to different areas of law and international development law or to new situations in practice or scholarship in international development law
  3. design, evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise about developments that contribute to global professional practice or scholarship
  4. explain and justify arguments, methods, and conclusions to legal and lay audiences
  5. apply with integrity appropriate research principles and methods to plan, carry out and report on an original project
  6. demonstrate high level personal autonomy and judgment.

Credit for prior studies

Students may be eligible for credit for up to 25 per cent of the course (12 points) for previous master's level studies in law. Students who have completed an independent research project in a bachelor of law honours degree may be exempted from the master's research unit but must still complete 48 points of level 5 units.


The course is structured in two parts: Part A. Law and international development knowledge and Part B. Extending specialist knowledge electives and research.

Part A. Law and international development knowledge

The studies enable you to develop specialised knowledge and advanced skills in areas of law that suit your interests, skills and career goals.

Part B. Extending specialist knowledge electives and research

These studies will provide you with in-depth knowledge of a wide range of areas of international development law. You will be able to focus on sources of information relevant to international development law and the application of research methods and specialist discipline knowledge and skills necessary to support law-related work in those closely interrelated fields. Depending on your interests and motivation, you can choose a program of study in which you plan and execute a major research-based project with a high level of personal autonomy and accountability.


The course comprises 48 points structured into two parts: Part A. Law and international development knowledge (30 points) and Part B. Extending specialist knowledge electives and research (18 points).

The course progression mapcourse progression map ( will assist you to plan to meet the course requirements, and guidance on unit enrolment for each semester of study.

Units are 6 credit points unless otherwise stated.

Part A. Law and international development knowledge (30 points)

Students complete a. and b. below:

a. the following unit:

  • LAW5080 Australian legal system or LAW5081 Australian legal process and research*

* LAW5081 is required for all international students and those students with a law degree from a non-Australian jurisdiction.

b. a minimum of four units chosen from the units listed below; not all units are offered every year:


  • LAW5361 Foundations of regulation: Policy, principles and practice

International/business and economics law

  • LAW5305 International trade law
  • LAW5366 International banking and finance: Law and practice
  • LAW5375 Arbitration of international commercial disputes
  • LAW5384Not offered in 2018 International investment law
  • LAW5392Not offered in 2018 Globalisation and international economic law
  • LAW5398 International labour law

Human rights and justice

  • LAW5304 Overview of international human rights law
  • LAW5338 International humanitarian law
  • LAW5359 International human rights law and women
  • LAW5380Not offered in 2018 International human rights law and development
  • LAW5383Not offered in 2018 International refugee law and human rights

Part B. Extending specialist knowledge electives and research (18 points)

Students complete 18 points across a. and b. below:

a. 6 or 12 points of elective law units. These can be taken from:

  • Part A above
  • the law and international development or arts postgraduate electives listed below
  • any unit from the general list of level 5 law units, except those only offered in L6005 Master of Laws (Juris Doctor)

b. The remaining 6 or 12 points of research studies in law and international development from the following:

  • LAW5082 Masters research (6 points)
  • LAW5083 Extended research (12 points)**

** Students taking the course as a pathway to doctoral studies are advised to complete this unit.

Law and international development electives

  • LAW5314Not offered in 2018 International environmental law
  • LAW5345Not offered in 2018 Human rights, business and the global economy
  • LAW5354 International criminal justice
  • LAW5364Not offered in 2018 Economic, social and cultural rights and international law

Arts postgraduate electives

  • APG5065Not offered in 2018 Governing migration: Refugees, borders and development (12 points)
  • APG5092 Human rights in global politics (12 points)
  • APG5097 Politics of international justice (6 points)
  • APG5337 Governance and democratisation (12 points)

Not all units are offered every year.

Alternative exits

Students may exit this course early and apply to graduate with the following award, provided they have satisfied the requirements indicated for that award during their enrolment in this master's course:

  • Graduate Certificate in Law after successful completion of 24 points of study with a minimum of 18 credit points at level 4 or above.

Progression to further studies

Students taking the course as a pathway to doctoral studies are advised to take the extended research option which is a pathway to a higher degree by research.