New masters degree at Sydney Law School

Sydney Law School
From March 2013, Sydney Law School will deliver its new, specialist masters degree, the Master of Law & International Development (MLawIntDev). This comprehensive coursework qualification gives you the opportunity to examine how law interacts and engages with all facets of international development. It recognises the importance of law in this growing field while building on Sydney Law School’s reputation as Australia’s leading Law School in international, global and transnational law.
This innovative programme is designed for postgraduate researchers and development practitioners who wish to pursue careers within international organisations, government agencies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), philanthropic institutions, and consultancy firms engaged in international development practice. The programme will create a cohort of international practitioners with the capacity to analyse and scrutinise some of the most chronic developmental problems of the twenty-first century and to provide participants with the practical skills to provide resolution along a wide spectrum of critical policy areas.
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:

  1. Development and Rights
  2. Environment Climate Change and Sustainability in Development
  3. Global Health Law and Development
  4. Legal Pluralism
  5. Rule of Law and Governance
  6. 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.
Applicants are required to have a relevant undergraduate degree in law, development studies, commerce, economics, environmental studies, government, international studies, social work, science or public administration, at an appropriate level.
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.
Elective units of study include:

  • Clash of Systems : Indigenous People and Law
  • Development, Law and Human Rights
  • Doing Business in Emerging Markets
  • Health, Development, Trade and Investment Law
  • Human Rights and the Global Economy
  • Independent Research Project
  • Indigenous Peoples and Criminal Justice
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Human Rights Advocacy
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • International Investment Law
  • Introduction to Anti-corruption: Policy, Law and Practice
  • Islamic Law and Commerce
  • Law and Healthy Lifestyles
  • Law and Investment in Asia
  • Law and Society in Indonesia
  • Legal Pluralism in Southeast Asia
  • Legal Systems of the Pacific
  • Microfinance: Law and Policy
  • Public Policy
  • Refugee Law

For further information please contact:
Professor Ben Saul
Professor David Kinley
Daniel Rowland
Website: MLawIntDev