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International Criminal Law - LAWS6219

Year - 2020

International criminal law concerns the prosecution of individuals, mostly military and political leaders, for genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and aggression. After being first enforced in the Nuremberg and Tokyo tribunals after World War II, international criminal law has experienced a resurgence in the past twenty-five years. Today, trials under international criminal law are underway at the International Criminal Court, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, and the mechanism that is finishing cases that began in the international criminal tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia. This unit provides a foundational knowledge of the principles of international criminal law, with reference to both historic and ongoing trials. Students will consider the roles of investigators, prosecutors, victims, lawyers, defence, judges, and States in international criminal justice, and will consider controversies and challenges facing international criminal courts and tribunals today. The elements of genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, modes of liability and defences will be covered, with case studies on sexual violence crimes and the use of child soldiers. The unit also considers the interaction between the International Criminal Court, national governments, and the United Nations Security Council.

1x2-hr lecture/week

class participation (15%), 3000wd essay including a 10 minute viva voce exam (35%) and 2hr open book exam (50%)

Additional information
Academic Profile The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis For Intensive November session: Classes: Oct 14, 15 & 21, 22 (9-5) Assessment: class presentation (15%), 3000wd essay (35%) and 2hr open book exam (50%)




Faculty: Sydney Law School

Intensive November

19 Oct 2020

Department/School: Law
Study Mode: Block mode
Census Date: 13 Nov 2020
Unit of study level: Postgraduate
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: No
Faculty/department permission required? No
More details
Unit of Study coordinator: Dr Rosemary Grey
HECS Band: 3
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