Law and Development

Effective legal frameworks and institutions are pivotal in tackling inequality, alleviating poverty and creating a sustainable environment.

The specialisation in law and development offers a choice of subjects examining the legalisation of development and the role of international and regional actors in law reform projects. It also offers an investigation and analysis of both international law and the ‘rule of law’ in a developmental context. Subjects take a range of practical, historical, critical, applied and theoretical perspectives.

This program is ideal for those working, or seeking to work, in international development in a government, non-government or not-for-profit context, as well as for those who wish to undertake specialist study in the area in preparation for a research degree.

The program is designed to challenge students to think critically about the legal and institutional practices that shape our world, and the strategies through which global inequality may be addressed.

Law and Development study options

Institute for International Law and the Humanities

IILAH focuses on encouraging the work of younger scholars and those developing new approaches to the field of international law, and facilitates engagement between scholars and the community of professionals and activists working on issues of international law and governance.

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Advisory Board

  • Professor Philip Alston, New York University, United States; UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights
  • Professor Radhika Coomaraswamy, International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Colombo
  • Dr Mac Darrow, UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Professor David W Kennedy, Institute for Global Law and Policy, Harvard Law School
  • Professor Iulia Motoc, Bucharest University; UN Special Rapporteur on the Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Dr Vasuki Nesiah, New York University, United States
  • Aderito de Jesus Soares, Commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Commission in Timor-Leste; Legal Aid Institute, Jurists Association and the Sahe Institute for Liberation, East Timor