Master of International Law

Get ready for a career on the global stage

In our increasingly connected world, a finely-tuned international perspective has become vital to success. Our accelerated online Master of International Law is designed to broaden your understanding of international legal specialisations ranging from commercial dispute resolution and intellectual property to trade law, family law and human rights. Our degree gives you a competitive edge whether you’re travelling down the legal, commercial, government or not for profit  career path. And with six intakes a year, you can start whenever it suits you.

Degree summary

The accelerated online Master of International Law equips you with the knowledge and expertise to navigate our increasingly globalised world – whether it’s in matters of social justice or commercial transactions.

Covering a wide and varied range of courses, you’ll build a solid foundation in the key pillars of international law. This includes international organisation operations, dispute resolution and negotiations, commercial litigation and arbitration, human rights and social justice, criminal law, property issues, environmental matters and financial transactions and taxation. The accelerated online Master of International Law is a holistic degree that offers qualified professionals the opportunity to develop a comprehensive understanding of international law, and a competitive advantage for their career.

Through our 100% online degree, you’ll be able to connect with staff and students who share your ambition, extend your professional network, and prepare yourself for the unique challenges of international law and its practice.

Courses in the Master of International Law

The online Master of International Law can be completed in two years part-time and consists of 12 courses (120 credit points) that include:

  • The Law of International Organisations
  • International Negotiations
  • International Commercial Litigation and Arbitration
  • Dispute Resolution Between Foreign Investors and Host States
  • Global Dimensions of Intellectual Property Law
  • Transitional Justice
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Human Rights
  • International Criminal Law
  • International Trade Law
  • International Family Law and Litigation
  • International Financial Transactions and Taxation

Students can exit with a Graduate Certificate in International Law with 40 credit points or a Graduate Diploma of International Law with 80 credit points.


At Griffith we have a wealth of experienced and knowledgeable academic members of staff from all around the world. Excelling in international research means our students are taught, supported and supervised by world leaders in their fields.

Visit the Griffith Law School page to learn more about our academics.

Career outcomes for graduates

Whether you’re adding to your arsenal within the commercial sector, government or not for profit sectors or building towards the next step in your legal career – the accelerated online Master of International Law ensures you’re prepared for the unique challenges and opportunities of cross-border operations.

As a graduate you’ll be rewarded with an understanding of the impacts and application of international law and have the opportunity to pursue possible careers in the following areas:

  • The role of international organisations (eg the United Nations, the World Bank, the IMF), and how they drive global policy and what controls they are subject to.
    Possible career opportunity: Policy Adviser – International Monetary Fund
  • How to negotiate the resolution of international disputes (eg commercial, political, family), including dealing with cross-cultural issues.
    Possible career opportunity: International Court of Justice Representative
  • How international commercial disputes (between companies and traders form different countries) are resolved through the courts or by arbitral tribunals.
    Possible career opportunity: Information Manager – World Trade Organization
  • Protections available for investors who invest in a foreign State.
    Possible career opportunity: International Financial Risk Analyst
  • How intellectual property rights (eg trademarks and patents) are protected internationally.
    Possible career opportunity: Senior Program Officer – World Intellectual Property Organization
  • How societies can move on from lack of rule of law and human rights violations, and transition to more peaceful and democratic states.
    Possible career opportunity: Humanitarian Relief Policy Adviser – Oxfam
  • How human beings are impacting upon the global environment and how international environmental law tries to manage these.
    Possible career opportunity: Liaison Officer – International Whaling Commission
  • How international law seeks to remedy human rights abuses.
    Possible career opportunity: Program Officer – Amnesty International
  • How international criminals are brought to justice (eg for war crimes and genocide).
    Possible career opportunity: Records & Information Manager – International Court of Justice
  • What laws apply to international trade (trade between companies form different countries).
    Possible career opportunity: Administration Manager – World Trade Organization
  • How cross-border family disputes (eg child abduction, surrogacy, adoption) are dealt with by the law.
    Possible career opportunity: Liaison Officer – Foreign Consulate
  • How international legal systems impact on international financial transactions and tax arrangements.
    Possible career opportunity: International Policy Officer – Australian Taxation Office.


Please note: The Master of International Law does not qualify you to be admitted to practice law in Australia.

To learn how this program can advance your career options, read about one of our International Law students who used his qualification to open career doors.

Degree entry requirements

To be eligible for admission to the accelerated online Master of International Law, you must hold a related Bachelor degree (or equivalent) from a recognised University (or another tertiary education institution of equivalent standing) with a minimum GPA of 4.0 (on a 7.0 scale).

No bachelor degree? No worries. You can still do our accelerated online Master of International Law without a degree. Simply complete our Graduate Certificate in International Law Practice with a minimum GPA of 4.0 and then continue onto our Master of International Law.

At Griffith, we also value and recognise the work you’ve done to get where you are – that’s why we take into account your previous study or professional background. Depending on the nature of your experience, you may be eligible to receive credit towards your degree on the basis of previous studies in a related area.


Degree code5694
Duration2 years part-time
Teaching periodsJanuary, March, May, July, August and October
Program fee*$35,250 (Domestic students) $45,000 (International students)
*Based on 2019 rates

Contact us

To find out more call us on 1300 170 568 (9 – 5:30 pm AEDT, weekdays) or complete the form and one of our Enrolment Advisors will give you a call.