• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Spring Session 2014
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Although the ideas of cyber warfare and of computer network attack are very new, there is growing awareness of the significant issues they raise in the modern world.

The Australian Government is not alone in acknowledging the threat of cyber attacks and the need to develop cyber security capability. Accordingly, there is a strong interest, particularly among Canberra communities, in anticipating potential legal issues that might arise in cyber warfare and in consolidating knowledge as to the applicability of existing rules of international law in this particular context.

An internationally renowned international humanitarian law and weapons law scholar who has recently participated in a central role in the preparation of the Tallinn Manual on the Law of Cyber Warfare, Dr Bill Boothby has kindly agreed to visit Australia to teach this course.

The course which will identify and assess the extent to which norms of existing law can properly be applied to the peculiarities of cyber operations. 

The course will draw on elements of general international law, the international law that governs the recourse to armed force and international humanitarian law, all in the specific context of cyber warfare.

Learning Outcomes

Through this course, students will develop advanced specialised knowledge of international law as applicable to cyber warfare. To that end, a participant who has successfully completed this course will:

1)   Develop a sound understanding of the various international law rules that apply to cyber warfare;

2)   Demonstrate cognitive skills to critically analyse the hypothetical cyber warfare scenarios; and

3)   Be able to undertake an in-depth examination of international law issues arising in the context of cyber warfare.

Indicative Assessment

Goals, criteria and proposed assessment methods, including the provision of effective feedback to students after the course (or during the semester), and how assessment will relate to teaching methods and course objectives.

10% - Class participation, including presenting/discussing group solutions to set vignettes

25% - Oral Presentation at end of course

65% - split equally between two essays to be submitted respectively 3 weeks and 6 weeks after the final day of the course.

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Workload

Students are expected to spend approximately 10-12 hours a week prior to the commencement of the course for preparation and after the course in order to complete assignments.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying in one of the following programs; Master of Laws (7300) Master of Laws (Legal Practice) (7312) Master of Diplomacy/Master of Laws (7883) Graduate Diploma in Law (6300) Master of Legal Studies (7305) Master of Environmental Law (7309) Master of Government and Commercial Law (7313) Master of International Law (7310) Master of Law, Governance and Development (7317) Master of International Security Law (7318) Master of Diplomacy/Master of International Law (7893) Graduate Diploma in Law, Governance and Development (6317) Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies (6305) Graduate Diploma in Environmental Law (6309) Graduate Diploma in Government and Commercial Law (6313) Graduate Diploma in International Law (6310) Graduate Diploma in International Security Law (6318) Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (6303) Graduate Certificate in Environmental Law (6351) OR you must be studying a Juris Doctor (7330) and have completed 30 units of 1000 level law (LAWS) courses and have completed LAWS2250 or LAWS6250.

Prescribed Texts

Tallinn Manual on the Law of Cyber Warfare (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming in January 2013). A reading list will be distributed to the students a few weeks prior to the commencement of the course.

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 3
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $1554
2004 $1836
2005 $2190
2006 $2520
2007 $2544
2008 $2544
2009 $2544
2010 $2592
2011 $2646
2012 $2676
2013 $2676
2014 $2808
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2778
2004 $2778
2005 $3084
2006 $3264
2007 $3264
2008 $3264
2009 $3264
2010 $3576
2011 $3582
2012 $3582
2013 $3582
2014 $3762
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Spring Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
8642 20 Oct 2014 20 Oct 2014 31 Oct 2014 04 Dec 2014 In Person

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