Our Master of Laws (LL.M.) program will introduce legal practitioners, law professors, judges, and government counsel to the intricacies of an evolving body of ASEAN regional law and its relationship with Southeast Asian (including Philippine) national laws. The Course provides adequate preparation for an increasingly cross-border regional hybrid legal system interacting with national judicial systems under the unique ASEAN Charter-based horizontal integration.

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ADMISSIONS FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2020-2021 IS NOW CLOSED. Visit the LL.M. Admissions Page for more details. 



The Master of Laws (LL.M.) program aims to prepare local and international legal practitioners, law professors, and government lawyers and judges for an increasingly cross-border, internationalized legal practice. The program will familiarize its students with the intricacies of the evolving body of regional and international law, bridging it with national legal traditions.

The program offers core subjects that provide a solid foundation in international law, followed by any of two specialization tracks:

1. Cross Border and Regional Practice

This specialization track is designed to enhance legal practitioners’ practical skills and strategies for cross-border and regional practice, particularly in Southeast Asia, as well as to introduce non-Southeast Asia foreign lawyers to cross-border and regional practice laws in ASEAN.  LL.M. candidates approved for this specialization track should expect problem-based and law firm-oriented practice simulations of cross-border and regional legal problems. The track will focus on problems arising from increased cross-border business transactions under the single market and production base fostered by the integration model of the ASEAN Economic Community. (Download Course List)

2. Government, Public Advocacy and Judging

This specialization track is designed for Southeast Asian government lawyers, public law advocates, legislators, and judges, seeking to deepen and broaden knowledge in crucial areas of the law and methodologies necessary for effective governmental and public policy advising, administrative regulation, law reform, national adjudication, and international arbitration. It will likewise  introduce non-Southeast Asian governmental advocates, counsels, and judges to the national and regional laws and public policies driving the increasing integration and external cooperation of the ASEAN pillar communities, especially under the ASEAN Political-Security Community.

LL.M. candidates approved for this specialization track should expect problem-based government-oriented simulations of cross-sectoral, multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional, and cross-border legal situations; the incorporation of public policy, law and economics, welfare and public choice theories in legal analysis; and the adaptation of modern empirical and scientific tools for managing dispute settlement through court adjudication and international arbitration, as well as for tools for effective intergovernmental negotiations. (Download Course List)

3. Legal Academia

This specialization track is designed for current or aspiring Southeast Asian law faculty seeking to improve skills for classroom instruction, deepen theoretical foundations for law teaching, diversify pedagogical tools for legal education, develop more effective assessment techniques, and stimulate further research contributions and collaboration in their areas of expertise, and for non-Southeast Asian law faculty seeking to familiarize themselves with the hybrid norms and the regional legal system of Southeast Asia emerging from ASEAN integration, and the diversification of approaches to legal education.

In addition to teaching an advanced law degree, the program will run research centers with a cross-border orientation and links with industry and international academic institutions.