Faculty of Law

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 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.

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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  • First semester 2016 (Day)


This unit will explore how the international community has responded to the most heinous international crimes, such as genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and aggression, through the prism of the international criminal trial. Students will be introduced to the major historical moments in the development of international criminal law as a discrete field of international law; the key principles, concepts and rules comprising this area of law; and the principal institutions that enforce it. There is a particular focus upon the International Criminal Court, as the first and only permanent international criminal justice institution in the world.


  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 Paper (2,000 words): 40%
Take home examination (3,000 words): 60%

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