LAW5376 - International criminal law: Procedural and practical aspects - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Quota applies

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

Not offered in 2017


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Previously coded as LAW7341


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)

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