Master of Laws in Global Business Law

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Whether you're building on existing skills or stepping into international business for the first time, the Master of Laws in Global Business Law is your ticket to the global legal economy.

  • Study commercial law in a global context.
  • Fit your studies around your existing work commitments.
  • Take advantage of flexible block mode and part-time study.
  • Learn from distinguished academics and practitioners from around the world.
  • This is the only course of its kind in Australia.

Career outcomes

This course gives you the knowledge and skills to build on an existing specialisation, such as Asian or US Law, or move into the international business environment for the first time.

Past graduates have founded a small CBD law firm and worked with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.

What you'll learn

How to:

  • analyse and interpret commercial law in a global context
  • apply legal principles to international trade, commercial arbitration and business transactions
  • think critically and analytically about research questions
  • present ideas in a compelling way.

Course structure

Choose from a range of specialty areas as you complete twelve subjects in block-mode over 18 months full-time (or part-time equivalent).

You can choose to complete a minor thesis of 12,000 words in any semester as part of your electives.

Course content is refreshed each year to keep up with the latest in global trends.

Elective subjects

Electives offered vary from year to year. Sample subjects include:

  • Comparative Legal Traditions
  • European Intellectual Property Law and Practice
  • International Trade Law
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • International Business Transactions
  • USA Torts Law
  • Social Media Practice and Law.

For full details, see the handbook. Once you've chosen your subjects, you can see your provisional timetable.

How to apply


Find out how to apply direct to La Trobe.


Find out about how to apply as an international student.


Industry connections

The La Trobe Law School has strong partnerships with a range of institutions, industry, community groups, associations and international bodies. Our courses benefit from the industry insights of our Professional Consultative Board.

Our staff are internationally recognised academics, producing research that informs government policy and public interest advocacy across a broad range of areas.

Featured staff

Professor Jianfu Chen

Professor Jianfu Chen specialises in international and comparative law, international business and trade law, human rights law, globalisation and law, and Chinese law.

He teaches 'International Trade Law' and 'Commercial Dispute Resolution in China' in the Global Business Law program. Professor Chen is also an arbitrator of the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC).

Professor Chen has published (authored, co-authored and co-edited) 17 books and over 80 book chapters and journal articles. Some of his publications have been translated into French and Chinese, and some have been collected in Collection of Major Works. His main publications include:

  • From Administrative Authorisation to Private Law: a Comparative Perspective of the Developing Civil Law in the PRC (1995)
  • Balancing Act: Law, Policy and Politics in Globalisation and Global Trade (co-editor, Sydney: Federation Press, 2004)
  • Rights Protection in the Age of Global Anti-Terrorism (co-editor, Sydney: Federation Press, 2007)
  • Chinese Law: Context & Transformation (Leiden/Boston: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2008, new edition forthcoming 2016)
  • International Law in East Asia (co-editor, London: Ashgate Publishers, 2011).

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