• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest International Relations, Law, Human Rights
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Hitoshi Nasu
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Spring Session 2014
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Special Topics in International Security Law 3: Intersection of Humanitarian Law & Human Rights Law (LAWS8066)

This course explores the intersection of two overlapping areas of international law: international humanitarian law and international human rights law. 

The concurrent application of these areas of international law has increasingly raised difficult questions and issues in the post September 11 security environment at national, regional and global levels.  This course will offer an opportunity for students to explore and deepen their understanding of these questions and issues from an international legal perspective and in the broader context of debates about the coherence and fragmentation of the international legal system.

The post-Cold War period has not seen a reduction internal armed conflicts and the post September 11 security environment has sharpened legal controversies regarding the overlapping operation of international humanitarian law and international human rights law.  These controversies have included whether international humanitarian law or human rights law standards appropriately apply to counter-terrorism measures and controversies regarding the extraterritorial application of human rights treaties to armed conflict situations and the human rights obligations of occupying powers, for example, in Iraq following the 2003 invasion.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Through this course, students will develop advanced specialised knowledge of international law as applicable to conflict and post-conflict situations. To that end, a participant who has successfully completed this course will:


1)   Have developed an advanced knowledge and understanding of the contemporary international legal issues relating to the concurrent application of international humanitarian law and international human rights law in a security context;

2)   Have developed a deeper appreciation of the interaction of relevant rules and principles of international humanitarian law, especially those found in the Geneva Conventions and the Additional Protocols, with relevant rules and principles of international human rights law, especially those found in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and other global human rights treaties and regional instruments such as the European Convention on Human Rights;

3)   Have developed a deeper appreciation of aspects of international law, international humanitarian law, and international human rights law as they apply to counter-terrorism measures, during military operations and to occupied territories;

4)   Be able to make an effective and insightful contribution to class discussion, debate and analysis of seminar topics; and

5)   Be able to demonstrate superior research, analytical, and writing skills by completion of a major research paper.

Indicative Assessment

1. Seminar Presentation 25%

2. Class Contribution 10%

3. Major Independent Research Paper 65% (5000 wds)

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Intensive mode (4 days)

Students are also expected to spend approximately 10-12 hours a week for 4 weeks prior to the commencement of the course for preparation and as much time as they need in order to satisfactorily complete assignments after the course.

Intensive Dates 2014: 10-11 & 13-14 October

Prescribed Texts

There is no prescribed text.  A reading list will be distributed to the students a few weeks prior to the commencement of the course.

Preliminary Reading

 A Course outline will be available approximately 4-6 weeks from the commencement of the course.

Assumed Knowledge

The course will be taught on the basis that students will have a general understanding of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

Students must have completed LAWS8182 Principles of International Law and either LAWS8268 International Humanitarian Law or LAWS8234 International Human Rights Law.


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:
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
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1554
2014 $2808
2013 $2676
2012 $2676
2011 $2646
2010 $2592
2009 $2544
2008 $2544
2007 $2544
2006 $2520
2005 $2190
2004 $1836
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3084
2014 $3948
2013 $3762
2012 $3582
2011 $3582
2010 $3582
2009 $3450
2008 $3450
2007 $3450
2006 $3366
2005 $3084
2004 $3084
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Spring Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8647 10 Oct 2014 10 Oct 2014 24 Oct 2014 25 Nov 2014 In Person N/A

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