• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Offered in Summer Session 2016
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career Graduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Sarah Heathcote

This course is conducted in Geneva in January/February each year.

Due to practical considerations, enrolment will be strictly limited (20 students from all sources - a limited number of places may go to non-ANU summer school students and some places to postgraduate students).

The purpose of the course is to provide participants with a substantive overview of the activities of international organisations (governmental and non-governmental) located in Geneva, focusing on the legal issues arising in their operations or area of concern. Students will spend two weeks in Geneva. Formal academic instruction will be provided in part by the accompanying ANU staff member and in part by staff drawn from local academic institutions, NGOs, etc. In addition, they will take part in coordinated visits to a range of governmental and non-governmental organisations in Geneva, including up to 30 hours of presentations by legal specialists addressing the activities of their organisation.

Topics covered include the law of international organizations, followed by the development and practice of international law through and by international organizations, notably in the areas of: international human rights and related issues; as well as international trade, intellectual property and environmental law. The precise composition of the program will vary to some extent from year to year.

All classes and visits will be conducted in English and knowledge of French is not required.


Learning Outcomes

By the conclusion of this course, it is intended that LLM students who have successfully completed all the course requirements will be able to:
  1. Describe and evaluate the international law applicable to selected international organisations and non-governmental organisations located in Geneva;
  2. Describe and evaluate the interaction between various institutions located in Geneva and their role within the broader international legal system including its institutional framework;
  3. Critically assess, reflect on and evaluate areas of international law dealt with by selected international institutions located in Geneva;
  4. Summarise and synthesise how the international legal principles dealt with by selected international organisations sit within the broader international legal framework; and
  5. Plan and execute complex legal research with independence in order to produce original scholarship.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment is likely to consist of:
  1. Class participation (20%)
  2. Essay (80%, 5,000 words).
Students must rely on the approved Course Study Guide which will be posted to the Wattle course site approximately four weeks prior to the commencement of the course

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26 hours of face to face teaching (4 day intensive). The course will also require advanced preparation through assigned readings. In total, it is anticipated that the hours required for completion this course (class preparation, teaching and completion of assessment) will not exceed 120 hours. 

Click here for the LLM Masters Program timetable

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the Law School to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

None.  Materials will be made available on a thumb drive at the start of the program in Geneva, and further materials may be made available by guest lecturers in the course of the program.

Indicative Reading List

Students must rely on the approved Course Study Guide which will be posted to the Wattle course site approximately 4 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.

Assumed Knowledge

 Enrolment in the course is limited to students with a sufficient background in international law.

Other Information

An Information event is held around May each year at which point application forms will become available the following course. Please look out for information on this event by following the ANU College of Law website.

Students interested in international human rights in its various guises (including labour law, refugees, health, etc) might find the course particularly interesting, as this aspect of international law will feature prominently in the course given the location in Geneva of various UN and NGO human rights organisations (HCHR, UNHCR, ICRC, IFRCS, WHO, ILO, Global Fund, etc). International trade, environmental, and intellectual property law, as well as a number of other specialised areas, are also likely to be the subject of specific visits in the course of the program.

Students must pay for flights and accommodation.


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. Tuition fees are indexed annually. 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.

6.00 0.12500

Course Fees:

Domestic fee paying students

Year Fee
2016 $3252

International fee paying students

Year Fee
2016 $4638


Summer Session, 2016

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date
1106 24 Jan 2016 24 Jan 2016 05 Feb 2016 18 Mar 2016

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