Law and Development

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.

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. Also offered is 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 in international development from a government, non-government or not-for-profit background, as well as for those who wish to undertake specialist study in the area in preparation for a research degree.

Law and Development study options

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
  • Mr 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