Master of International Law (coursework)

This course aims to provide students with an understanding of the key international legal frameworks and public international law institutions in a range of areas and also includes units of specialised study.

Course overview

Course title
Master of International Law (coursework)
Award abbreviation
MIL
Course code
21520
Course type
master's degree by coursework only
Status
current / 2020
Administered by
Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education
CRICOS code
083868E

Course details

Intake periods
Throughout the year
Attendance type
full- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Credit points required
48
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
1 year
Time limit
4 years
Delivery mode
internal
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)
Jade Lindley
Fees
Visit the fees calculator.

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2020; NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2021 or 2022.

Students with a recognised Law degree, take all units from this group (6 points).

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1LAWS5225Theory, Method and Contemporary Issues of International Law
Co-requisites:
LAWS5224 Foundations of Public International Law or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty
seminars: 3 hours per week

Students without a recognised Law degree, take all units from this group (12 points).

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
NSLAWS5224Foundations of Public International Law
Prerequisites:
For Master of Public Policy or Graduate Certificate of Public Policy students without a recognised Law degree: LAWS4227 Foundations of Law and Legal Institutions.
Teaching dates for this unit are 26, 27 and 28 February. Please refer to the timetable website for session times and venues. Attendance at all sessions is mandatory.
S1LAWS5225Theory, Method and Contemporary Issues of International Law
Co-requisites:
LAWS5224 Foundations of Public International Law or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty
seminars: 3 hours per week

All students, take unit(s) to a minimum value of 12 points and a maximum of 24 points from Group A. (The Faculty recommends that at least 18 points are taken from this group.):

Group A
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
N/ALAWS5114International Environmental Law
Prerequisites:
for Juris Doctor (JD) students: LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering and 30 points from: LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics or LAWS4109 Legal Theory and Ethics
NSLAWS5179Law of the Sea
Teaching dates for this unit are 15-16 and 22-23 October. Please refer to the timetable website for session times and venues. Attendance at all sessions is mandatory.
NSLAWS5219International Criminal Law
Co-requisites:
for Master of International Law (coursework) (21520) and Graduate Diploma in International Law (21320) students: LAWS5224 Foundations of Public International Law or equivalent; for students in other courses: none
Students must attend every day of the intensive period 1,2,8,9 October. Refer to the timetable website for further information.
NSLAWS5220International Humanitarian Law
Students must attend every day of the intensive period 26-27 March and 2-3 April. Refer to the timetable website for further information.
N/ALAWS5226International Human Rights Law
Co-requisites:
for Master of International Law (coursework) (21520) and Graduate Diploma in International Law (21320) students: LAWS5224 Foundations of Public International Law or equivalent; for students in other courses: none

Students with a recognised Law degree, take unit(s) from Group B to complete the remainder of points (18–30).

Group B
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1LAWS5167Comparative Law
Incompatibility:
LAWS3331 Comparative Law
N/ALAWS5175Heritage Governance: from Global to Local
N/ALAWS5182Indigenous Peoples in International and Comparative Law
Prerequisites:
Juris Doctor (JD) students: LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering and 30 points from: LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics or LAWS4109 Legal Theory and Ethics
Incompatibility:
LAWS5534 Indigenous Peoples and the Law, LAWS3358 Indigenous Peoples and the Law
seminars: 3 hours per week
N/ALAWS5210Working with China: Business in a Socio-legal Context
NSLAWS5224Foundations of Public International Law
Prerequisites:
For Master of Public Policy or Graduate Certificate of Public Policy students without a recognised Law degree: LAWS4227 Foundations of Law and Legal Institutions.
Teaching dates for this unit are 26, 27 and 28 February. Please refer to the timetable website for session times and venues. Attendance at all sessions is mandatory.
N/ALAWS5230Aviation Law
8-12 January 2018
S2LAWS5254International Trade Law
Prerequisites:
Juris Doctor (JD) students: LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering and 30 points from: LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics or LAWS4109 Legal Theory and Ethics
Incompatibility:
LAWS5511 International Trade Law, LAWS6719 International Trade Law, LAWS6254 WTO Law, LAWS3319 International Trade Law
3 hours per week
N/ALAWS5507International Oil and Gas Law
NSLAWS5521Climate Change Law and Emissions Trading
Prerequisites:
For Master of Public Policy or Graduate Certificate of Public Policy students without a recognised Law degree: LAWS4227 Foundations of Law and Legal Institutions.
Students must attend every day of the intensive period 15-17 July. Refer to the timetable website for further information.
NSLAWS5577Space Law, Satellites and Drones
Teaching dates for this unit are 21-24 January. Please refer to the timetable website for session times and venues. Attendance at all sessions is mandatory.
S1, S2LAWS5694Research Paper I
Prerequisites:
For Master of Public Policy or Graduate Certificate of Public Policy students without a recognised Law degree: LAWS4227 Foundations of Law and Legal Institutions.
This research unit involves unstructured contact with a supervisor throughout the semester.
S1, S2LAWS5695Research Paper II (12 points)
Incompatibility:
LAWS5696 Research Paper III Part 1, and LAWS5697 Research Paper III Part 2
This research unit involves unstructured contact with a supervisor throughout the semester.
S1, S2LAWS5696Research Paper III Part 1
Prerequisites:
Approval of unit coordinator
Co-requisites:
Students taking Part 1 in Semester 1 must take Part 2 in the following Semester 2; students taking Part 1 in Semester 2 must take Part 2 in the following Semester 1.
Incompatibility:
LAWS5695 Research Paper II
This research unit involves unstructured contact with a supervisor throughout the semester.
S1, S2LAWS5697Research Paper III Part 2
Prerequisites:
Students may only take this unit if they have completed LAWS5696 Research Paper III Part 1 in the previous semster.
This research unit involves unstructured contact with a supervisor throughout the semester.
NS, S1, S2SVLG5001McCusker Centre for Citizenship Internship
Prerequisites:
For Juris Doctor students: LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering, LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4109 Legal Theory and Ethics; for other students, none. Permission/approval is required to enrol.
Incompatibility:
for Juris Doctor students: LAWS5174 Legal Internship
internship experience: approximately 100 hours; McCusker Centre attendance: approximately 8 hours

Students without a recognised Law degree, take unit(s) from Group C to complete the remainder of points (12–24).

Group C
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
NSLAWS4227Foundations of Law and Legal Institutions
Incompatibility:
Students with a recognised Law degree or LAWS5227 Foundations of Law and Governance.
This unit is delivered intensively in 'flipped mode' and is offered twice a year. 10 online modules are to be completed in advance of two face-to-face sessions which will run 20-21 February and 23-24 July. Students must attend the face-to-face sessions.
S1LAWS5167Comparative Law
Incompatibility:
LAWS3331 Comparative Law
N/ALAWS5175Heritage Governance: from Global to Local
N/ALAWS5182Indigenous Peoples in International and Comparative Law
Prerequisites:
Juris Doctor (JD) students: LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering and 30 points from: LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics or LAWS4109 Legal Theory and Ethics
Incompatibility:
LAWS5534 Indigenous Peoples and the Law, LAWS3358 Indigenous Peoples and the Law
seminars: 3 hours per week
N/ALAWS5210Working with China: Business in a Socio-legal Context
N/ALAWS5230Aviation Law
8-12 January 2018
S2LAWS5254International Trade Law
Prerequisites:
Juris Doctor (JD) students: LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering and 30 points from: LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics or LAWS4109 Legal Theory and Ethics
Incompatibility:
LAWS5511 International Trade Law, LAWS6719 International Trade Law, LAWS6254 WTO Law, LAWS3319 International Trade Law
3 hours per week
N/ALAWS5507International Oil and Gas Law
NSLAWS5521Climate Change Law and Emissions Trading
Prerequisites:
For Master of Public Policy or Graduate Certificate of Public Policy students without a recognised Law degree: LAWS4227 Foundations of Law and Legal Institutions.
Students must attend every day of the intensive period 15-17 July. Refer to the timetable website for further information.
NSLAWS5577Space Law, Satellites and Drones
Teaching dates for this unit are 21-24 January. Please refer to the timetable website for session times and venues. Attendance at all sessions is mandatory.
S1, S2LAWS5694Research Paper I
Prerequisites:
For Master of Public Policy or Graduate Certificate of Public Policy students without a recognised Law degree: LAWS4227 Foundations of Law and Legal Institutions.
This research unit involves unstructured contact with a supervisor throughout the semester.
S1, S2LAWS5695Research Paper II (12 points)
Incompatibility:
LAWS5696 Research Paper III Part 1, and LAWS5697 Research Paper III Part 2
This research unit involves unstructured contact with a supervisor throughout the semester.
S1, S2LAWS5696Research Paper III Part 1
Prerequisites:
Approval of unit coordinator
Co-requisites:
Students taking Part 1 in Semester 1 must take Part 2 in the following Semester 2; students taking Part 1 in Semester 2 must take Part 2 in the following Semester 1.
Incompatibility:
LAWS5695 Research Paper II
This research unit involves unstructured contact with a supervisor throughout the semester.
S1, S2LAWS5697Research Paper III Part 2
Prerequisites:
Students may only take this unit if they have completed LAWS5696 Research Paper III Part 1 in the previous semster.
This research unit involves unstructured contact with a supervisor throughout the semester.
NS, S1, S2SVLG5001McCusker Centre for Citizenship Internship
Prerequisites:
For Juris Doctor students: LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering, LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4109 Legal Theory and Ethics; for other students, none. Permission/approval is required to enrol.
Incompatibility:
for Juris Doctor students: LAWS5174 Legal Internship
internship experience: approximately 100 hours; McCusker Centre attendance: approximately 8 hours

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The http://handbooks.uwa.edu.au/postgraduate/student-procedures'>student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3.(1) To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

(2) Applicants presenting with the IELTS Academic require an overall score of at least 7.0 and no band less than 6.5.

(3) Applicants presenting with the TOEFL iBT require an overall score of at least 100, a miminum score of 28 in the Speaking section, and no other sub-score less than 26.

(4) Applicants presenting with the TOEFL Paper Based score require an overall score of at least 580 and a miminum score of 5.0 in the Essay Rating / Test of Written English (TWE).

(5) Applicants presenting with the Pearson Test of English (PTE) (Academic) require an overall score of at least 70 and no sub-score less than 70.

(6) Applicants presenting with the UWA Centre for English Language Teaching (CELT) Bridging Course require a minimum grade of Grade A (85%) in the final CELT examination, with no band less than 80%.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) a Juris Doctor or Bachelor of Laws, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;

or

(b) (i) a bachelor's degree in a cognate area, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and

(ii) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent;

or

(c) (i) a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and

(ii) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent; and

(iii) at least two years of relevant professional experience;

or

(d) (i) completed 24 points of the Graduate Diploma in International Law of this University1; and

(ii) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 60 per cent;

or

(e) completed at least 48 points towards a Master of International Relations of this University.

1 Credit for units completed in this course will only be given if the course is not conferred.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6.(1) The following courses form part of an articulated sequence:

  • 21320 Graduate Diploma in International Law (24 points)
  • 21520 Master of International Law (48 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Master of International Law course before completing it, but after fulfilling the requirements of a lesser award in the above sequence, may apply for the relevant award.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 48 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

Satisfactory progress

8. To make satisfactory progress in a calendar year a student must pass units to a value of at least half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10.(1) A student who makes satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 8 is assigned the status of 'Good Standing'.

(2) Unless the relevant board determines otherwise because of exceptional circumstances—

(a) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the first time under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'On Probation';

(b) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the second time under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Suspended';

(c) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the third time under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded'.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. To be awarded the degree with distinction a student must achieve a course weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 80 per cent which is calculated based on—

(a) all units above Level 3 attempted as part of the course that are awarded a final percentage mark;

(b) all relevant units above Level 3 undertaken in articulating courses of this University that are awarded a final percentage mark;

and

(c) all units above Level 3 completed at this University that are credited to the master's degree course.

Additional rules
Credit for graduates enrolled in the Master of International Relations

13. Graduates enrolled in the Master of International Relations may be granted credit of up to 12 points towards the Master of International Law for successful completion of the following units: POLS5661 Theory in International Relations A: Contending Approaches and POLS5662 Theory in International Relations B: Explanation and Understanding.