International law occupies an ever-growing role in our lives, whether it is about big issues like refugee protection, to small issues like online shopping. This specialisation provides students with a strong theoretical and practical understanding of the international legal system, the workings of international politics and their effect on each other. Students acquire an advanced level of knowledge and analytical ability in relation to the issues, problems and conduct of international law. This specialisation draws on the excellence offered by UNSW Law, where a group of over 15 permanent academics (not to mention visitors) provides top-level teaching and guidance. These academics often advise governments, the United Nations, and other international organisations on all sorts of legal issues. At UNSW, you can have your classes with top leaders in the field in both academia and the reality of international law.
Knowledge and experience students will gain from the specialisation:
- Solid command of the language and toolbox of international law;
- A better understanding of how international law permeates everyday life;
- Ability to understand the complex and ever-changing institutional landscape where international law is created, applied, and projected onto the rest of the world;
- Ability to command at least one specialised subfield of international law.
Possible career outcomes:
- NGOs with an international focus;
- Working for the United Nations, its specialised agencies, or other international organisations (like ASEAN);
- Government or policy-related roles, including international policy advisor or diplomat;
- International courts and tribunals;
- Work for multinational corporations in roles related to Corporate Social Responsibility, or international development and/or procurement.
This specialisation may be of interest to those with professional experience in:
- Civil society / NGO sector;
- Government work connected to international cooperation / development / relations;
- Private practice involving e-commerce, international procurement, or certain aspects of Corporate Social Responsibility;
- Work for international organisations / foreign ministries.
UNSW related centres:
The following overseas electives are available as part of your specialisation:
- Transitional Justice in International and Comparative Perspectives – Santiago
- China International Business and Economic Law – Beijing
- Human Rights Law in Practice – New York
- Pacific Islands Legal Systems – Vanuatu
For more information on specialisation structure and courses available in this specialisation visit the online handbook.