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Master of International Law

Course Description


International law is present in countless areas of society, business and government. From 2015, UWA will offer the Master in International Law, a course designed to equip you for an international future.

Course description, features and facilities

Taught by a team of international experts from 4 continents, you will develop and a sound understanding of the theory and practice of international law and how international institutions work.

The course is suited to both the current law practitioner and those pursuing a career in government, non-government and private institutions where international law is present.

Study begins with core units in the foundations of international law, theory, method and contemporary issues, as well as international criminal and human rights law.

Students can then specialise by electing units from a range of areas including environmental, oil and gas and WTO law as well as elect a research option which will provide a pathway to further studies.


The course comprise 48 credit points. The core units which make up the first semester of the Masters consist of:

- Foundations of Public International Law (6 points)
- Theory, Method and Contemporary Issues of International Law (6 points)
- International Criminal Law (6 points)
- International Human Rights Law (6 points)

Masters students then take electives to the value of 24 points from a range of units including:

- International Humanitarian Law (6 points)
- World Trade Organisation Law (6 points)
- International Environmental Law (6 points)
- Climate Change Law and Emissions Trading (6 points)
- International Oil and Gas Law (6 points)
- Heritage Governance: From Global to Local (6 points)
- Research Paper (6 points)
- Research Paper providing a pathway to further studies (12 points)

Additional information regarding the course structure can be found in the Postgraduate International Law course brochure

Further information will be available via the University Online Handbooks from November 2014.

Career opportunities

This course opens opportunities in government, non-government and private institutions where international law is present.

Visit the Master of International Law page on the University of Western Australia website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

(a) A bachelor’s degree of this University in a cognate (related) area with a weighted average mark of at least 65%, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty; OR (b) successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in International Law of this University with a weighted average mark of at least 60%; OR (c) the Juris Doctor of this University, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty; OR (d) successful completion of a minimum of 48 credits points towards the Master of International Relations of this University. Minimum English Language Requirements: View Website

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