The Graduate Diploma in Laws (International Law and International Relations) is a 36-unit coursework program which is offered by the Faculty of Education, Humanities and Law in conjunction with the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences. It is only available as an exit award for students who are currently enrolled in the Master of Laws (International Law and International Relations) and who choose not to complete that program.

Course aims

The course aims to meet the educational needs of graduates with an interest in law and International Relations.

In particular it seeks to:

  • critically examine, in an increasingly globalised 21st century world, the significance of International Law as a means of regulating matters affecting relations among nation states and, increasingly, within nation states
  • explore the significant connections between International Law, and the structure and operation of major institutions in society, with an emphasis on issues arising in a global context
  • provide the knowledge and the skills to identify and analyse the legal rules that operate within selected specific fields that fall within the broad conception of International Law, especially as it concerns security, business, transnational threats, human rights, and protection of the global environment.

Learning outcomes 

At the completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • analyse critically situations arising in a global and regional context where International Law can play a role in resolving problems, particularly at the policy level
  • demonstrate knowledge of relevant concepts within the major fields of International Law and International Relations in global and regional contexts
  • articulate at theoretical and practical levels ways in which relevant rules of International Law mutually interact with and influence the content of International Relations in the twenty-first century
  • apply the knowledge and skills acquired to identify complex problems at the intersection of international law and international relations and evaluate potential solutions relevant to the achievement of domestic and international objectives that arise within a global context.


Up to 18 units of credit may be granted for relevant work experience of at least two years duration in Law or a related field. Credit may also be granted for study completed at postgraduate level in International Law, International Relations or International Studies from Flinders University, or another recognised tertiary institution.

Program of study

To qualify for the Graduate Diploma in Laws (International Law and International Relations), students must complete 36 units of coursework, with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the following program of study.

Core topics

9 units comprising:

INTR9069  Approaches to International Relations  (4.5 units)
LLIR9501  Principles of Public International Law  (4.5 units)

Option topics

Plus 27 units from:

DVST8042 The Politics of the Global South: From Bullets to Ballot Box and Back GE  (4.5 units)
DVST9013 Applied Development Studies  (4.5 units)
INTR9051 International Human Rights: Theory and Practice  (4.5 units)
INTR9078 The Political Economy of East Asia  (4.5 units)
LLIR9500 The Relationship between International Law and International Relations  (4.5 units)
LLIR9502  Issues in Human Security  (4.5 units)
LLIR9503  Causes and Conduct of Conflict  (4.5 units)
LLIR9504  Cultural Politics in International Law and International Relations  (4.5 units)
LLIR9505  Post-Conflict Mechanisms in International Law and International Relations  (4.5 units)
LLIR9507  Law and International Relations in the Asia/Pacific  (4.5 units)
LLIR9508  Issues in Energy and Environmental Security  (4.5 units)
LLIR9510  Current Issues in International Law and International Relations  (4.5 units)