Faculty of Law

Monash University

Postgraduate - 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

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedNot offered in 2015


For postgraduate Law discontinuation dates, please see http://www.law.monash.edu.au/current-students/postgraduate/pg-disc-dates.html
For postgraduate Law unit timetables, please see http://law.monash.edu.au/current-students/course-unit-information/timetables/postgraduate/index.html
Previously coded as LAW7341

Quota applies

Postgraduate programs are based on a model of small group teaching and therefore class sizes need to be restricted.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge and understanding of international criminal practice and procedure with creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice;
  • Investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories in relation to international criminal practice and procedure and to critically evaluate the effectiveness of this law;
  • Conduct research into relevant materials on international criminal practice and procedure based on knowledge of appropriate research principles and methods; and
  • Use cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate at an abstract level complex ideas and concepts relevant to international criminal practice and procedure.


  1. To understand the sources of international criminal law and how to identify and apply them in context.
  2. To understand the international criminal law framework, the key international criminal courts and the practice of international criminal law in international and domestic jurisdictions.
  3. To develop a detailed knowledge of international criminal procedural law, including the rules of procedure and evidence of different institutions that govern international criminal law and the broader procedural architecture of direct relevance to defence and prosecution lawyers appearing before international and domestic courts in relation to international crimes.
  4. To develop a deep understanding of how international criminal law is applied in practice.
  5. To apply an appropriate level of legal research and reasoning skills to the resolution of practical and theoretical issues in international criminal law.


Take-home exam (3,750 words): 50%
Practical exercise requiring preparation and application of knowledge to a realistic case scenario - written paper (3,000 words): 40%
In-class presentation: 10%

Workload requirements

24 contact hours per semester (either intensive, semi-intensive or semester long, depending on the Faculty resources, timetabling and requirements)