‘Good governance’, ‘rule of law’, ‘access to justice’ and ‘structural reforms’ remain high on the agenda of international development and aid agencies, governments, local non-governmental organisations and civil society activists in developing, post-conflict and transitional States.
Within this context, and leveraging the unique regional position and perspective of the ANU, the ANU Master of Laws in Law, Governance and Development examines the role of law in promoting social and economic development, and offers a critical analysis of the reform agenda and its theoretical foundations.
Through the program, students explore the role that local, national and international systems of law and governance play in fostering social, economic and political change.
In addition to considering historical shifts and current trends – including those being seen in Asia and the Pacific – the program introduces students to a range of theoretical tools, and strengthens their ability to think critically and creatively about the links between law, governance and development.
To see the list of masters courses see our Law course finder page, and tick the boxes for the relevant program.
Mode of delivery
To help you balance study with employment and other personal commitments, the ANU Master of Laws in Law, Governance and Development 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
Bringing together theory and practice, the ANU Master of Laws in Law, Governance and Development provides timely, specialist knowledge to suit practitioners and policy-makers working in international development, whether in government, the private sector, NGOs and NFPs, in Australia or abroad.
Given the location and regional expertise of ANU, the program is especially valuable for anyone working (or seeking to establish or build their career) in law, governance and development in the Asia-Pacific.
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 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 Law, Governance and Development experts include:
Moeen Cheema - teaches in the undergraduate and masters programs at ANU Law, with particular interest in law and society in South Asia, Islamic law, and legal theory.
Daniel Fitzpatrick - writes on property rights in a law and development context, and have extensive experience in Indonesian law and land law in the South Pacific.
Jolyon Ford - expert in non-state actors in international law, counterterrorism and human rights.
Andrew Harding - a leading scholar in fields of Asian legal studies and comparative constitutional law.
Rebecca Monson - her work focuses on housing, land and property rights, natural resources management and emergency response.
Suresh Nanwani - has lectured and published on international financial institutions, law and development reform and institutional governance and resposibility.
The amount you’ll pay for your program depends on whether you’re a domestic or international student.
View the current fees for the Master of Laws in Law, Governance and Development at Programs and Courses.
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