Masters Programs – Law, Governance and Development


The Law, Governance and Development Stream of the Masters Program at the ANU College of Law is a new program that considers the role of law in a development context.

The program includes international and national legal perspectives on issues of governance and development.

The program will be of interest to graduates working in all aspects of law, governance and development both in the Asia-Pacific, and in a context of international institutions. The program includes a focus on the Asia-Pacific region. Its courses cover the South Pacific, Southeast Asia and East Asia. It includes highly topical issues such as climate change and displacement, law, order and State-building, transnational business and anti-corruption.

There is renewed interest among academics and practitioners in the links between law, governance and development. ANU is well-placed to bring together leading scholars and practitioners in the field. In addition to its unique combination of legal, development and regional expertise, ANU has close relationships with key Australian government agencies, including AusAID, DFAT, and the Australian police and defence forces.

The program forms part of the ANU Asia-Pacific law, governance and development initiative, which is a collaborative endeavour between the College of Law and the College of Asia and the Pacific.

The program offers flexible delivery and learning, designed to cater for the needs of people who are unable to attend regular day or evening lectures because of work, family or travel commitments. Its \”intensive\” courses in which the face-to-face tuition is usually compressed into 3-6 days will be attractive to both part-time and full-time students.

Additional information for non-lawyers

Students without a degree in law may be required to complete a pre-requisite if a course is co-badged with another stream (e.g. International or Environmental Law courses) for which a prerequisite is required. Please check the timetable available from October on the ANU College of Law website for details.

Courses on offer in 2012

  • Introduction to Law, Governance and Development (compulsory)
  • Law and Development in the Contemporary South Pacific
  • Climate Change and Displacement
  • Energy, Governance, Policy and Regulation in the Asia-Pacific
  • Australian Disaster Law
  • Government Contracts
  • International Climate Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • International Law and Peacekeeping
  • International Law of World Trade
  • Principles of International Law
  • Transnational Anti-Corruption Laws
  • Transnational Business and Human Rights
  • Global Governance 1
  • Law, Order and Conflict in the Pacific

Eligible students may also undertake the Graduate Research Unit in Law, Governance and Development.