Master of Laws in Law, Governance and Development

In Canberra (Australia)

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  • Location

    Canberra (Australia)

  • Duration

    1 Year

  • Start

    Different dates available

  • Credits



Law, Governance and Development focuses on the role that local, national and international systems of law and governance play in fostering social and economic development in developing and transitional countries.
The program introduces students to a range of theoretical and methodological tools and strengthens their ability to think critically and creatively about the links between law, governance and development. It includes a focus on historical shifts and current trends in law and development theory and practice, drawing on practical examples from Asia and the Pacific. Courses address highly topical issues such as law, order and state-building; legal pluralism and customary dispute resolution; displacement and resettlement of vulnerable groups; extractive industries and resource conflict; human rights and development; humanitarian and refugee law; climate change; international financial institutions; and anti-corruption.
Lecturers within the program have significant experiences in development policy and programming as well as in scholarly research and writing.
The program is designed to provide specialist training for current or aspiring development practitioners and policy-makers working in all aspects of law, governance and development; as well as those working in international institutions




Canberra (Australia)
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The Australian National University, ACT 0200


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A Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Laws (Honours) or Juris Doctor with a minimum GPA of 4.0/7.0; or completion of a non-law degree and the Graduate Certificate of Law with a minimum GPA of 4/7
All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students
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Course programme

The Master of Laws in Law, Governance and Development requires the completion of 48 units, which must consist of:

6 units from completion of LAWS8001 Introduction to Law, Governance and Development

A minimum of 30 units from completion of courses from the following list:

LAWS8003 Transnational Business and Human Rights

LAWS8006 Law and Development in the Contemporary South Pacific

LAWS8008 Climate Change and Displacement

LAWS8009 Transnational Anti-Corruption Laws

LAWS8010 Environmental Protection and Human Rights

LAWS8016 Comparative Constitutional Law

LAWS8019 Special Topics in International Security Law

LAWS8028 Special Topics in Law, Governance and Development

LAWS8032 International Financial Institutions and Development

LAWS8042 Special Topics in Law, Governance & Development 2

LAWS8067 Courts, Justice & Development

LAWS8069 Law and Society in South Asia

LAWS8071 Law and Governance in sub-Saharan Africa

LAWS8254 Business, Human Rights and Corporate Responsibility

LAWS8301 Graduate Research Unit

LAWS8312 Land, Law and Development in Asia

LAWS8314 Post Conflict Situations and International Law

LAWS8578 Constitutionalism in the Global South

LAWS8583 Indigenous Peoples and International Law

LAWS8594 Law and Society in South East Asia

A maximum of 12 units from other 8000-level courses from the subject area LAWS Law

Master of Laws in Law, Governance and Development

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