Professional Development Courses

Professional development businessman

As a result of the pandemic and ensuing social distancing requirements and travel restrictions, the ANU College of Law has determined that for the first half of 2021, all Professional Development Courses will be delivered in an online mode.


4 days to 7 weeks

How to apply

Select your preferred professional development course from the Course Calendar below, then complete the online application form. Applications must be received at least 15 working days prior to the course start date.

We offer a range of short-term professional development courses to allow you to study a single subject without having to apply for a full postgraduate degree.

Short-term professional development courses enable you to update or refresh your knowledge, expand your skillset, focus on a specialised area of law relating to your current role or gain new knowledge and skills to prepare you for a new role.

Courses are taught by world-class academics and guest lecturers with real-world professional experience and delivered in an intensive format of between 4 days to 7 weeks to suit working professionals.

Tailored professional development courses can be developed and delivered in-house at your workplace upon request.


Course Calendar 2021

International Investment Treaty Law and Arbitration LAWS8336 Online 8-12 Feb Apply
Judicial Review of Government Action LAWS8141 Online 11 Feb-19 Mar Apply
Introduction to Law, Governance and Development LAWS8001 Online 22 Feb-12 Mar Apply
Digital Economies and the Law LAWS8407 Online 22 Feb-12 Mar Apply
Law and Legal Institutions* LAWS8586 Online 22-26 Feb, 1-3 Mar Apply
Statutory Interpretation LAWS8072 Online 1 Mar-16 Apr Apply
Advanced Principles of International Law LAWS8183 Online 18-26 Mar Apply
Government Contracts LAWS8220 Online 29 Mar-2 Apr Apply
Law and Development in the Contemporary South Pacific LAWS8006 Online 5-30 Apr Apply
Legal App Development LAWS8408 Online 5-23 Apr Apply
International Law and the Use of Force LAWS8178 Online 6-9 Apr Apply
International and Comparative Human Rights Law LAWS8234 Online 7-16 Apr Apply
Cyber Law LAWS8077 Online 12-16 Apr Apply
Comparative Constitutional Law LAWS8016 Online 19-23 Apr Apply
International Law of World Trade LAWS8229 Online 19-23 Apr Apply
Modern Equity: Concepts and Principles LAWS8335 TBC 5 Jul-7 Aug Apply
Space Law & Governance LAWS8340 TBC 5-23 Jul Apply
Public Sector Employment Law LAWS8522 TBC 12-16 Jul Apply
Planning and Environmental Impact Assessment LAWS8146 TBC 19 Jul-6 Aug Apply
International Aviation Law LAWS8585 TBC 19 Jul-20 Aug Apply
Australian Legal Responses to National Security and Counter Terrorism LAWS8328 TBC 23-31 Jul Apply
Sustainable Energy Law LAWS8037 TBC 26-30 Jul Apply
#Me Too LAWS8403 TBC 26 Jul-16 Aug Apply
Advanced Administrative Law LAWS8462 TBC 26 Jul-3 Sep Apply
Law and Legal Institutions* LAWS8586 TBC 26-30 Jul, 10 Sep Apply
Law of the Sea LAWS8253 TBC 2-6 Aug Apply
Executive Power LAWS8241 TBC 16 Aug-24 Sep Apply
International Intellectual Property Law LAWS8136 TBC 16-21 Aug Apply
Start-Ups Law Lab LAWS8410 Online 16 Aug-24 Sep Apply
Global Health Law LAWS8582 TBC 16 Aug-3 Sep Apply
Artificial Intelligence, Law & Society LAWS8405 Online 23 Aug-1 Oct Apply
Law and Society in South Asia LAWS8069 TBC 30 Aug-3 Sep Apply
Land, Water and Biodiversity LAWS8280 TBC 30 Aug-17 Sep Apply
Contemporary Issues in Constitutional Laws LAWS8128 TBC 6-10 Sep Apply
Tort Liability & Public authorities LAWS8142 TBC 6-24 Sep Apply
Legal Framework of Regulation LAWS8587 TBC 6-10 Sep Apply
Freedom of Information and Privacy LAWS8243 TBC 20-24 Sep Apply
Special Topics in Law, Governance and Development LAWS8028 TBC 27 Sep-1 Oct Apply
International Law of the Environment LAWS8264 TBC 27 Sep-1 Oct Apply
International Commercial Arbitration LAWS8418 TBC 27 Sep-29 Oct Apply
Cyber Warfare Law* LAWS8035 Online 11-29 Oct, 10 Dec Apply
Legislation and Legislative Drafting LAWS8104 TBC 11-22 Oct Apply
International Refugee Law LAWS8252 TBC 18-26 Oct Apply
Strategic Issues in the Law of Armed Conflict* LAWS8409 TBC 18 Oct-5 Nov, 17 Dec Apply
The Law of Weaponry and Targeting* LAWS8401 TBC 25 Oct-12 Nov, 24 Dec Apply
Advanced Contracts LAWS8218 TBC 22-26 Nov Apply
*Courses have more than one offering per year


As a professional development course participant, you will be expected to prepare for, attend and participate in classes however you will not be required to complete any assessment items and you will not receive a formal grade for the course. 


Certification and credit

You will receive a Certificate of Attendance from the ANU College of Law for your participation in the course, but it is not possible to use the attendance as credit towards a degree program at ANU or any other university.

If you wish to gain status (credit) for the course you must apply as a non-award student or apply for a full degree program.


How to apply

To apply, select your preferred professional development course from the Course Calendar above, then complete the online application form.

Applications must be received at least 15 working days prior to the course start date.



$2,999 (including GST) per student, per course. This fee does not include any prescribed text books (if required).

Payment can be made online or by invoice. Refer to the online application form for further details. 

Full payment is required prior to the commencement of the course and fees are payable direct to the ANU College of Law by credit card, cheque, money order or invoice.

Discounted rates for ANU alumni

ANU alumni receive a 10% discount on professional development short courses ($2,699 (including GST) per student, per course). 

You’ll find instructions on redeeming this discount in the online application form.


In-house professional development courses

ANU Law can deliver tailored in-house short courses to meet the learning and development requirements of your team or workplace.

We have developed and delivered a range of professional development courses for both public and private sector clients, including several national law firms and federal government departments.

ANU is currently on the Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) Leadership, Learning and Development Panel to provide training for the Australian Public Service.

If you would like to talk to us about developing a tailored learning solution for your team or workplace, please email Marketing and Communications, ANU College of Law or call +61 2 6125 0900.


Updated:  10 August 2015/Responsible Officer:  College General Manager, ANU College of Law/Page Contact:  Law Marketing Team