Masters Programs – Government & Commercial Law


The Government and Commercial Stream of the Masters Program at the ANU College of Law offers a unique opportunity to select from a wide range of quality courses in both public and private law.

The program reflects the growing intersection of commercial and government law and offers topics in areas including Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, General Commercial, Contracts, Corporate Law and Global Governance/Development.

The Masters Program (Government and Commercial Law) allows students to combine any choice of courses to create their own ‘program’ or to select courses that centre around a particular theme. We include some general suggestions for such themes below. Please note not all courses are offered every year and different courses will be offered in future years, available to students commencing the program part time. Students with a non-law background must complete Fundamentals of Government and Commercial Law.

The Masters Degree requires all students to complete courses totalling 48 units, with at least 36 units from the Government and Commercial Law stream.

Courses on offer in 2012

  • Advanced Contracts
  • Citizenship Law in Context (Lawyers only)
  • Commercial Drafting (Lawyers only)
  • Commercial Equity
  • Commercial Law
  • Commonwealth Compensation Law
  • Conflict of Laws (Lawyers only)
  • Eligible students may also undertake the Graduate Research Unit in Government & Commercial Law.
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Federal Litigation (Lawyers only)
  • Fundamentals of Government and Commercial Law (Compulsory for non-lawyers)
  • Government Contracts
  • Health Law & Bioethics in a Global Context
  • Human Rights Litigation
  • International Law of World Trade
  • Judicial Review of Government Action
  • Kyoto Seminar: Japanese Law in the Global Era
  • Law & Economics
  • Law of Corporate Governance
  • Legislation and Legislative Drafting
  • Public Sector Dispute Management
  • Public Sector Employment Law
  • Special Topics in Legal Practice: Negotiation
  • Tort Liability and Public Authorities
  • Transnational Anti-Corruption Laws
  • Transnational Business & Human Rights

Entry Requirements:
Applicants from a law background: Applicants must hold an Australian Bachelor of Laws degree or equivalent. A strong pass degree or better is normally required for admission.

Applicants from a non-law background: Applicants must hold at least a three-year Australian Bachelors degree or equivalent. A strong pass degree or better is normally required for admission.

Applicants who do not hold a bachelors degree:
Applicants with relevant experience but who do not hold a bachelors degree may be considered for entry, however there are additional entry requirements. For further details please contact the Postgraduate Administrator.