Faculty of Law

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedNot offered in 2015


Students will be introduced to individual criminal responsibility in international law. The history and development of international criminal law, its codification and implementation by applicable municipal and international institutions examined. The main categories of crimes under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court - genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes - will be studied with reference to international instruments and case law. Various bases of responsibility, including command responsibility and joint criminal enterprise, will be examined, along with applicable defences and excuses. The application of contemporary international criminal law in Australia and future directions of international criminal law will be studied.


  1. Articulate and apply principles of international criminal law and critically evaluate the doctrines and processes that have developed in terms of those principles, demonstrating sophisticated awareness of the theoretical and policy concerns underpinning the law, as well as the broader political and social context within which international criminal law issues arise;
  2. Analyse and interpret key documents which codify and illustrate international criminal law, through their application to complex case scenarios.
  3. Communicate effectively, appropriately and persuasively on issues pertaining to the development of international criminal law and its implementation by applicable institutions.
  4. Learn and work with autonomy, accountability and professionalism, using feedback to improve their own capabilities and performance.


Research Assignment 1,000 words: 20%
Final Examination (2 hours plus 30 minutes reading and noting): 80%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)


For students who commenced their LLB (Hons) course in 2015 or later:
LAW1111; LAW1114; LAW1112; LAW1113; LAW2101; LAW2102; LAW2112; LAW2111

For students who commenced their LLB course prior to 2015: LAW1100 OR LAW1101 and LAW1102 or LAW1104; LAW3301 and LAW3302


For students who commenced their LLB (Hons) course in 2015 or later: LAW3111; LAW3112