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There has never been a more important time to study diplomacy and international law hand-in-hand. The Master of International Law and Diplomacy is a joint degree offered by ANU College of Asia and the Pacific and the ANU College of Law, addressing the needs arising from the complex intersection of public policy, law and dispute resolution.

You will be taught by internationally recognised research scholars from the ANU College of Law and the Department of International Relations, as well as senior diplomatic and international legal practitioners from Australia and elsewhere. The program will position you at the centre of a global network of diplomatic and legal scholars and practitioners.

Graduates from the Master of International Law and Diplomacy will have highly developed diplomatic and legal advocacy skills, including the ability to solve or avoid problems with the use of negotiation, persuasion and conflict resolution.

You will be taught by internationally recognised scholars, senior diplomats and international legal practitioners with a focus on transnational diplomacy, non-state actors, negotiation and conflict resolution, international law, and more.

The program investigates:

  • Contemporary challenges in diplomacy
  • Cyber law
  • Global governance
  • International law and use of force
  • International refugee law
  • International law of the environment
  • Law and legal institutions
  • Negotiation and conflict resolution
  • Principles of international law
  • Research methods in diplomacy
  • Strategy, statecraft and diplomacy
  • The politics of the United Nations
  • Transnational diplomacy


A vibrant and exciting internship program is offered for successful students. Students have access to a range of internships with international and local NGOs, Australian government departments, the private sector, embassies and the broader ANU community.  Internships are awarded for course credit on a competitive basis and are unpaid. Students may also arrange their own internships, subject to departmental approval, and all students have access to ANU ANIP program.

This highly valuable qualification deepens your understanding of the ways in which diplomacy and law operate in the modern world. The program equips you with both diplomatic and legal knowledge and skills, from strategic thinking to cross-cultural communication, which are crucial to success in a rapidly changing world.

Our innovative program prepares you for exciting career paths in:

  • Diplomatic / Foreign service
  • Government and public service
  • Humanitarian organisations
  • International development and aid
  • Intergovernmental agencies
  • International trade and business
  • Journalism
  • Legal firms
  • Multinational corporations
  • Private not for profit
  • Think tanks, policy institutes, and research centres
  • University teaching and research

Alternative entry pathways

Graduate Diploma of International Affairs

If you don't meet the standard entry requirements for the Master of International Law and Diplomacy, alternatively, you can choose to start with the Graduate Diploma of International Affairs (DIAFF) which is a flexible 1-year full-time (or part-time equivalent) postgraduate qualification designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills required for understanding emerging issues in international affairs.

This is a stand-alone program that can be used as a pathway to the Master of International Law and Diplomacy.
Find out more about the DIAFF program


World-class academics are your teachers

This program is delivered by the Department of International Relations and brings together a diverse range of discipline-leading experts who deliver cutting edge research-led teaching.