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Welcome to International Law and Politics

The School of Law at the University of Canterbury, together with the Department of Political Science and International Relations, offers a specialist Master of Laws degree (LLM) in International Law and Politics – the ILAP. The School of Law at the University of Canterbury is ranked in the top 100 globally (QS ranking, 2016). Research and teaching in the field of international law is a focus of the School. Studying at Canterbury means that you are at the heart of New Zealand outdoor life, surrounded by beautiful scenery, with many national parks and reserves on your doorstep.

The ILAP is designed to meet a growing interest in multi-disciplinary study in international law and politics. Our graduates work for international organisations such as the United Nations, government departments such as foreign ministries, international law firms, and international non-governmental organisations.

The degree is both taught and research-based. You will examine the international order from two distinct perspectives, law and politics, and have the possibility to specialise. The programme is made up of two compulsory courses (one advanced international law course and one on international relations and diplomacy) and two elective international law subjects. Additionally, you work on a 20,000 word research project of your choice.

We recommend that students start in February as the compulsory courses are offered in semester one each year. It is also possible to do the ILAP part-time (minimum period of enrolment two years, maximum period of enrolment four years).

Notable features of the ILAP programme include its international student body, the ability to work closely with academics leading in their fields, and the opportunity to publish your own work in international law journals.

For admission to the ILAP, students are required to hold a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) with a B average. Depending on previous work and study experience, students may also be admitted ad eundem statum.

Student Profiles

For further information please contact the degree coordinators:
Natalie Baird, School of Law - Co-Director
Dr Christian Riffel, School of Law
- Co-Director