As nations around the world grapple with an increasing number of complex security challenges, the need for better understanding and critical evaluation of the legal issues in addressing them becomes essential.
Using current real-life examples, the ANU Master of Laws in International Security Law examines how the discipline has evolved alongside rapid growth in international law rules, state practice, jurisprudence and other institutional practices.
The program will deepen your understanding of topical issues like the use of force, UN peacekeeping, national security, humanitarian and post conflict situations, cyber warfare, maritime security, and human rights in armed conflict.
In addition to a wide range of elective courses in related areas, the program includes several research components, many of which enable you to undertake legal or interdisciplinary research in addressing contemporary international security law issues.
Delivered by staff with extensive experience in military and security law, the program equips students with the knowledge being demanded by governments and organisations worldwide, and offers critical insight to contemporary international security law issues.
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The program complements other courses and programs offered throughout ANU in the security field, including the National Security College, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, Strategic & Defence Studies Centre, and the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy, in the ANU College of Asia & the Pacific and the School of Politics and International Relations in the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences.
Mode of delivery
To help you balance study with employment and other personal commitments, the ANU Master of Laws in International Security Law places an emphasis on flexibility and accessibility. This includes 'intensive' teaching, which clusters lectures over 3-5 days - reducing the need for you to travel to the campus on multiple occasions - and making extensive use of online learning, enabling you to structure study where and when it suits you best.
Admission to practice
A Master of Laws does not qualify you to be admitted to practice law in Australia.
To practice law in Australia you need to complete a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) or Juris Doctor (JD), plus practical legal training (PLT). ANU School of Legal Practice offers the Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (GDLP) or the Master of Legal Practice (MLP) which fulfil the current requirements for PLT.
After I graduate
The Master of Laws in International Security Law is ideal if you are seeking a senior security or policy-making career in government, defence industries, international or regional organisations, non-governmental organisation or in international journalism.
The program is especially valuable for anyone working in a legal, policy and program role that requires a solid understanding of international law and its function in addressing contemporary and emerging security challenges.
In addition, graduating from ANU Law will see you join a prestigious and highly recognised alumni network of over 19,000 professionals in Australia and around the globe.
Experts who will teach the program
With particular expertise in constitutional and administrative law, international law, environmental law, migration law, governance and national security, our academic staff are frequently called on by parliamentary committees, peak bodies, professional associations and the media for analysis, advice and guidance on the law, and what might be done to improve it.
Many of our expert research staff are also award winning teachers who are always accessible and work closely with you to ensure you successfully complete your studies. We have created a supportive and nurturing environment in which you can thrive.
Our Military and Security Law experts include:
David Letts - a maritime security law expert, and has extensive experience in high-level legal and policy positions, both in Australia and overseas.
Dominique Dalla Pozza - is the acting convenor of this specialist stream. She is interested in Australian National Security Law. Her PhD focused on the process by which the Australian Parliament enacted counter-terrorism laws between 2001 and 2006.
William H Boothby - has researched and published widely in the field of cyber warfare law.
Robert McLaughlin - a maritime law expert, and has been Director of the Naval Legal Service.
The amount you’ll pay for your program depends on whether you’re a domestic or international student.
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