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Master of International Law and Diplomacy

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Studying the combination of diplomacy and international law prepares students brilliantly to engage with the real world and to try and make a difference.


There has never been a more important time to study international law and diplomacy. In an age of changing realities, there is a high demand for graduates capable of navigating the challenges that shape our international society. Are you ready?

The Master of International Law and Diplomacy is a joint degree that addresses needs arising from the unique dynamics of the current political and business environment where policy, law and dispute resolution intersect.

International law and diplomacy don’t operate in a vacuum in our modern world. Now, they don’t need to in your degree, either.

Career outcomes

Taught at the number 1 university in Australia (QS University Rankings, 2019/20), ANU is the is at the forefront of research and teaching in international law and diplomacy. Our innovative program prepares you for exciting career paths including:

  • Peace and conflict resolution;
  • Disciplinary experts;
  • Political journalism;
  • International justice;
  • International economic development;
  • Humanitarian relief;
  • Human rights advocacy; and
  • Political and economic risk analysis within government, private sector and international organisations.

Real-world skills

It also equips future leaders of both diplomatic and legal practice with knowledge and skills – such as critical analysis, strategic thinking and cross-cultural communication – to succeed in a changing geo-political world.

Learn from experts

You will be taught by internationally recognised scholars at ANU from both Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs (part of the College of Asia and the Pacific) and College of Law. You will also learn from senior diplomatic and international legal practitioners with a specific focus on transnational diplomacy, roles of non-state actors, negotiation and conflict resolution, international law principles and more.

Learning outcomes

  1. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of diplomacy and international law and its contemporary challenges from the perspective of multiple actors, including states, civil service departments, intergovernmental organisations, non-government organisations and multinational corporations.
  2. Display effective research and writing skills to address complex diplomatic and legal challenges with an international or transnational dimension.
  3. Exhibit highly developed diplomatic and international legal advocacy skills, including the ability to solve or avoid problems with the use of negotiation, persuasion, advocacy and other appropriate practices.

You will graduate from ANU, a world-class university, positioning you firmly in the centre of a global network of leading diplomatic and international legal scholars and policy-makers.

Want to know more?

Enquire now to hear more from ANU or email us at asiapacific@anu.edu.au to organise a time to talk with current students, program advisers, or the academics who teach this program.

ANU is ranked #1 in Australia, globally #11 for Politics and #23 for Law.


Graduate profile

Bhavani Kannan

Meet Bhavani Kannan

When looking for Masters programs, the chance to combine international law with diplomacy was the primary reason for selecting ANU, with ANU being the only university to offer this particular double-degree.

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Meet Henry Strong

Henry’s story at ANU is extraordinary. He decided to study his Master of Diplomacy (MDIPL) and move to Canberra from Tasmania. “I quickly concluded that ANU is the only place in Australia to study international affairs, diplomacy and politics. The proximity to government and diplomacy is extremely beneficial”.

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Patrick Wall

Meet Patrick Wall

The understanding of international dynamics, global governance mechanisms and diplomatic practice developed through my studies in Diplomacy have been invaluable in my current role working on a multilateral process to develop a 'global compact on refugees.

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