The Master of International Law and International Relations is a joint program of the Faculty of Law and the School of Social Sciences and International Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
There is virtually no area of world politics in which international law does not play a role and international law cannot be fully understood without an appreciation of the political context in which it operates.
The Master of International Law & International Relations provides an interdisciplinary study program for students with backgrounds in law, the social sciences or humanities who are interested in a career in international law and international relations. It provides students with a strong theoretical and practical understanding of the international legal system, the workings of international politics and their effect on each other. Not all courses are necessarily available in any one year.
This program does not lead to a professional qualification for legal practice.
completion of a recognized bachelor degree
meet English requirements.
Some programs have additional entry requirements, please contact UNSW for this information.
To provide an interdisciplinary study program that meets the developmental requirements of students interested in careers in international law and international relations;
To acquire an advanced level of knowledge and analytical ability in relation to the issues, problems and conduct of international law and politics and the areas of interaction, overlap and conflict between the two disciplines;
To provide a depth of study and research opportunities in respect of the interrelationship between international law and international relations;
To provide students with a strong theoretical and practical understanding of the international legal system, the workings of international politics and their effect on each other.
The MILIR may be taken full-time in two semesters or part-time in a minimum of three semesters. A total of 48 units of credit (uoc) are required for the award of the degree. Fifty percent of the program (24uoc) must be taken from appropriate courses with a POLS prefix and the remaining 24 uoc must be chosen from appropriate courses with a LAWS prefix.
Candidates for the MILIR must complete 48 uoc for the MILIR degree. 24 uoc must be obtained from courses with a POLS prefix and 24uoc from courses with a LAWS prefix. LAWS and POLS courses are generally 6 uoc each.
Students enrolled in the MILIR are required to complete the following two compulsory courses (12 uoc) in the first year of study:
LAWS8180 Principles of Intl Law (6 UOC)
POLS5125 Politics of International Law (6 UOC)
LAWS8060 Human Rights in Asia (6 UOC)
LAWS8081 Adv. Issues in Internat. Law (6 UOC)
LAWS8082 Peaceful Settle. of Int. Disp. (6 UOC)
LAWS8084 Uncensored History of Int Law (6 UOC)
LAWS8085 International Organisations (6 UOC)
LAWS8086 Law of the Sea (6 UOC)
LAWS8087 IL and Use of Force (6 UOC)
LAWS8094 Int Finan Inst: Law and Prac (6 UOC)
LAWS8102 Proliferation of WMD (6 UOC)
LAWS8107 Adv Issues in Int Human Rights (6 UOC)
LAWS8164 Human Rights and Security (6 UOC)
LAWS8173 Law PG Internship (6 UOC)
LAWS8181 International Human Rights (6 UOC)
LAWS8182 International Social Justice (6 UOC)
LAWS8188 Law of Armed Conflict (6 UOC)
LAWS8190 International Refugee Law (6 UOC)
LAWS8192 Law, Rights & Development (6 UOC)
LAWS8319 Internat Env Law (6 UOC)
LAWS8413 Indigenous Peoples in Intl Law (6 UOC)
LAWS8423 Research Thesis: 6 uoc (6 UOC)
LAWS8972 Law World Trade Organization (6 UOC)
LAWS8991 International Criminal Law (6 UOC)
POLS5100 Internship Program (6 UOC)
POLS5102 Australia in the World (6 UOC)
POLS5120 Global Politics (6 UOC)
POLS5121 International Organisations (6 UOC)
POLS5122 IPE (6 UOC)
POLS5127 China & Asia-Pacific Security (6 UOC)
POLS5129 Foreign Policies Great Powers (6 UOC)
POLS5130 International Peace & Security (6 UOC)
POLS5131 Terrorism (6 UOC)
POLS5133 Global Civil Society (6 UOC)
POLS5160 Middle East & Global Politics (6 UOC)
POLS5161 Developing Countries & IR (6 UOC)
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