• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Classification Advanced
    Specialist
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Robert McLaughlin
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Winter Session 2014
    See Future Offerings

International Humanitarian Law is an area of international law which appears to have undergone a revival in recent years.

However, the basic principles of international humanitarian law and the founding conventions in the field are longstanding. Any course in the area therefore requires an historical appreciation of the topic, a thorough understanding of the relevant international conventions – especially the Geneva Conventions and the Additional Protocols – mixed with a contemporary understanding of some of the current issues which have arisen. This course aims to provide that mix between the historical, traditional, and contemporary aspects of international humanitarian law.

Topics covered in the course may include:

  • the historical evolution of international legal norms

  • the principles determining the rules applicable in different conflict situations

  • the relationship between human rights and humanitarian law norms

  • the role of the ICRC in general, as well as in specific conflicts

  • enforcement of international humanitarian law; the Security Council and international war crimes tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia

  • new directions, including the challenges posed by international terrorist activities, and the emergence of new weapons.

Indicative Assessment

Students must rely on the Approved Assessment which will be posted to the course homepage on the ANU Law website, prior to the commencement of the course.

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Workload

26 Contact Hours (Intensive Delivery)

Requisite and Incompatibility

(Corequisite of LAWS 8256 and Corequisite of LAWS 8259) or (Corequisite of LAWS8256 and enrolment in one of the following Programs: 6300 or 7300 or 7312)

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:
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 $1626
2004 $1926
2005 $2298
2006 $2646
2007 $2670
2008 $2670
2009 $2670
2010 $2718
2011 $2778
2012 $2808
2013 $2808
2014 $2808
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2916
2004 $2916
2005 $3234
2006 $3426
2007 $3426
2008 $3426
2009 $3426
2010 $3750
2011 $3756
2012 $3756
2013 $3756
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

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5751 07 Aug 2014 07 Aug 2014 22 Aug 2014 23 Sep 2014 In Person N/A

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