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LAWS13-555: International Criminal Law


International Criminal Law is an elective subject in undergraduate programs offered by the Faculty of Law. In this subject students will examine a range of contemporary issues relating to: the use of criminal law to sanction breaches of internationally recognised human rights and of international standards for the initiation and conduct of war; domestic and international prosecutions and the development of international criminal tribunals (from the Nuremberg and Tokyo Trials to the ad hoc International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the Former Yugoslavia), other hybrid tribunals and the International Criminal Court. The subject focuses on the crimes articulated in the Rome Statute, specifically the crimes of aggression, war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity. It examines topics such as: alternatives to international criminal prosecution, e.g. Truth and Reconciliation Commissions; responses to international problems such as terrorism; the relationship between international and domestic criminal jurisdiction; and issues of investigation, prosecution and punishment of international crimes.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Law
Semesters offered
  • January 2021 [Standard Offering]
  • January 2022 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Law
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2020: $4,340
  • Commencing in 2021: $4,390

Learning outcomes

1. Apply the laws of the Rome Statute to particular factual scenarios.
2. Recognise the competing tensions in International Criminal Law.
3. Analyse comprehensively a specific area of International Criminal Law.

Enrolment requirements

Requisites: ?


Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.

Assumed Prior Learning (or equivalent):

Restrictions: ?

Must be admitted into a Bachelor Law degree OR Bachelor of Laws combined degree OR be an approved Study Abroad OR Exchange Law Student.

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens10/11/2019
Semester start13/01/2020
Subject start13/01/2020
Cancellation 1?27/01/2020
Cancellation 2?03/02/2020
Last enrolment26/01/2020
Withdraw – Financial?08/02/2020
Withdraw – Academic?29/02/2020
Teaching census?07/02/2020