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The programme is designed to produce legal professionals who are capable of dealing with complex legal issues of the contemporary world and analyse them from Islamic perspective, worthy of graduates of an Islamic university. Globalization, increases demand for postgraduate programme specializing in various international law subjects, especially from government departments like the AG's Chamber, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of International Trade and Industry.

All modules are taught by the full time academic staff of the International Islamic University Malaysia and experts from the industry. Flexible delivery model using mixed mode such as e-learning and face to face sessions will benefit individuals in full-time employment. Use of the most advanced teaching and learning methods using case studies Students will not only obtain exposure to some of the leading academic lawyers they will also have the opportunity to make use of the International Islamic University Malaysia's state-of-the-art libraries and research facilities.


The programme aims to:

  • Provide opportunity to seek postgraduate qualification to those intending to play a leading role in any field of international law.
  • Acquire knowledge and understanding of the workings of international institutions and the principles of international law.
  • Enhance knowledge and understanding of the application of the principles of international law, particularly in the Malaysian context.
  • Develop analytical and problem-solving skills applicable in a wide range of legal and non-legal contexts.
  • Encourage candidates to apply the relevant Islamic principles and values in resolving any given international legal issues.


After the completion of the programme the students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the subjects chosen for the study.
  • Critically analyse primary and secondary sources and materials.
  • Independently and effectively conduct research with the use of the available tools including advanced technology.
  • Organise and present arguments logically, coherently and professionally on any given international law issues.
  • Evaluate the international legal issues and provide solutions from the Islamic perspective.


  • Requires on-campus study


Entry Requirement

Academic Requirement

  • Bachelor of Laws with Honours (LL.B Hons) Degree; OR
  • Bachelor of Shari'ah [or its equivalent Degree (for LL.M in Administration of Islamic Law)]; OR
  • Any other Degree with two years working experience in the related field; OR
  • Any other equal qualification approved by IIUM.

Language Requirement (English)

  • TOEFL with score of 600 or IELTS with score of 6.0; OR
  • IIUM-administered English Placement Test (EPT) with score of 6.0; OR
  • Provide proof of attending prior education in English-medium institutions.

Language Requirement (Arabic)

  • Only for candidates who wants to take a subject under the Master of Administration of Islamic Law in Arabic.

Mode of Study

(1) By Coursework

Under this mode, a candidate may opt to do the programme entirely through coursework. For this, the candidate is required to take ten (10) courses (4 core; 4 specialized; and 2 electives)

(2) By Combination of coursework and research

Under this more, a candidate is required to take six (6) courses (4 core and 2 specialized courses) and write a dissertation of maximum 25,000 words on a topic of international law specialization approved by the Academic Board.

*For candidates whose mode of study involve research component are required to take the prerequisite course of "Research Methodology" in the first semester.

*For candidates who do not have international law background have to take the special required course of "Foundations of International Law" in the first semester.

Duration of Study

Full time

Part time


1 1/2 academic year

(3 semesters)


1 1/2 academic year

(3 semesters)


3 academic years

(9 semesters)


3 academic years

(9 semesters)

Medium of Instruction



September | January | May

Compulsory Subjects:

1. Law Research Methodology

2. International Dispute Resolution

3. The Law of the United Nations & Regulation of the Use of Force

4. International Environmental Law

5. Foundation of International law

6. Islamic International Law

Specialized Subjects:

a. Human Rights & Humanitarian law

1. International Human Rights Law

2. International Criminal Law

3. International Humanitarian Law

4. Human Rights in Islam

b. International Trade Law

1. The Law of the World Trade Organization: The General Framework

2. International Trade Law

3. International Commercial Arbitration

4. The Law of the World Trade Organization: Special Issues

c. Maritime Law

1. Shipping Law

2. International Marine Environmental Law

3. International Law of the Sea

4. Carriage of Goods by Sea

Elective Subjects:

Choose 2 of the following subjects:

1. Global Issues in Islamic Banking & Finance

2. Women's Rights and Gender Issues

3. Law of International Institutions

4. Private International Law

5. International Labour Law

6. Islamic Law on the Regulation of the Use of Force