Law - International Law - General

Internationally recognised Postgraduate Diploma allowing specialisation in International Law (General), International Commercial or International Human Rights Law.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Arts in International Law is available on a full-time basis over a one year period. Lectures are held in the evening time to allow those who are working or have other daytime commitments.

Please note: The Postgraduate Diploma in Arts? in International Law is a cognitive masters. In order to be eligible for the course you will need to possess the following: 2.2 degree in Law or a related discipline (that has a 50% legal component to the degree) or foreign equivalent.

Relative work experience may also be taken into consideration.

Why Study International Law at Griffith?
The Postgraduate Diploma in Arts in International Law offers students advanced, specialised legal training, qualifying you to work in a multinational legal environment. Students can specialise in International Law (General), International Commercial Law or International Human Rights Law, depending on their elective choices.
• Graduates of this programme will receive an internationally recognised Postgraduate Diploma in law.
• Students will gain a firm understanding of the key principles of international law, for example, Public International Law, International Human Rights Law and International Commercial Law.
• Students will acquire highly transferable skills attractive to a wide range of areas outside law including academia, journalism, media, finance, public administration, industry and commerce.
• A strong international focus gives students a key advantage when building a career in today's globalised legal landscape.
• All of our lecturers are experienced academics who are specialists in their field.

Course Highlights
• Unique international law focus
• Experienced lecturers - experts in their field
• Small class sizes - more individual attention to help you reach your personal potential
• Evening time lectures - it is possible to obtain a Postgraduate Diploma with work or other day time commitments.

Subjects taught

The Postgraduate Diploma is one year in duration. The student will complete six subjects throughout the year. In the first semester, the student will complete three mandatory subjects and in the second semester, they will choose three electives. (Electives run subject to demand and at the discretion of the faculty.)

Depending on the choice of electives they will emerge with a classification of Postgraduate Diploma in International Law, Postgraduate Diploma in Arts in International Human Rights Law, or Postgraduate Diploma in Arts in International Commercial Law.

Semester One - Core Subjects
• Public International Law
• Advanced Legal Research and Writing
• International Commercial Law
• International and European Human Rights Law

Semester Two - Electives
• International Commercial Arbitration
• International Tax Law
• International Financial Services Law
• EU Internal Market and Competition Law
• International Intellectual Property Law
• Corporate Governance
• International Humanitarian Law
• Social and Economic Rights
• International Asylum and Immigration Law
• International Criminal Law
• Gender, Sexuality and Human Rights
• International Privacy and Data Protection Law
• Transitional Justice and Human Rights

Entry requirements

2.2 degree in Law or a related discipline (that has a 50% legal component to the degree)or foreign equivalent or relevant work experience.

English Language
Griffith College is accepting the online Duolingo English Test (DET) as valid proof of English proficiency.

Application dates

How to Apply
All applicants must apply online uploading a copy of the following:
• Photo I.D. (driving licence or passport)
• Degree transcripts from previous studies
• Module descriptors from previous studies where the degree is not of a cognate discipline.


1 year. Part-Time / Full-Time.

Enrolment dates

Intake Dates:
We run two intakes for this course, commencing as follows:
Autumn: September*
Spring: February*

*subject to sufficient numbers.

Post Course Info

Academic Progression
Students who successfully complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Arts in International Law, International Commercial Law or International Human Rights Law can progress onto the LL.M. programme through the completion of a 20,000 word dissertation in a relevant area.

Career Progression
Students who wish to specialise in an area of law within a legal firm or practice at the Bar often choose the postgraduate diploma to give themselves sufficient knowledge in that area. Increasingly, companies are dealing with the international markets and for this reason, the Postgraduate Diploma in International Commercial Law is very popular amongst lawyers in this area.

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  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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