• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

The course will explore the developments in international criminal law, including criminal responsibility of individuals under international law and the correlative development of national and international mechanisms for its enforcement. Attention will be focused essentially on the so called Nuremberg crimes and on their subsequent developments, even though reference will also be made to other international/trans-national crimes such as acts of terrorism, on the basis of the time available.  The analysis of the criminal prosecution of international crimes will be centred on the most recent case-law of both national courts and international criminal courts. The application and interpretation of some general principles and notions of (international) criminal law by domestic and international courts will be assessed, including an analysis of the objective and the subjective element of a crime, non-retroactivity of criminal offences, defences and grounds for excluding criminal responsibility. Reference will also be made to forms of implementation other than criminal prosecution (e.g. truth and reconciliation commission), as well as to the question of amnesties.

Learning Outcomes

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

This course aims to:

  • provide an understanding the (contested) field of international criminal law and its basic concepts and methodologies
  • provide an understanding of the evolution of the concept of international crime, starting from piracy juris gentium and the development of the laws and customs of war
  • explore the contribution made to the development of international criminal law by the Nuremberg and Tokyo International Military Tribunals, the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, the International Criminal Court, as well as ‘hybrid' tribunals, and to consider the legal and political questions to which those proceedings gave rise
  • examine the different international and national procedures for prosecuting or otherwise dealing with international crimes, and the political and legal determinants of those procedures, also with regard to their enforcement
  • examine the role played by the United Nations and its subsidiary bodies in the development of international criminal law
  • provide an introduction to sources and methods of research in the field of international criminal law.

Indicative Assessment

The proposed means of assessment for this course will provide students with the option of undertaking at least two pieces of assessment, including one piece during the semester.  More information about the means of assessment, including the relationship between the assessment and the learning outcomes of the course, will be available on the course home page by the first week of semester.


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Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a program which includes the Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor and completed LAWS2250/LAWS6250 International Law. This course is incompatible with LAWS8566 International Criminal Law.

Prescribed Texts

Please refer to LAWS2252 course home page.


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:
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
2015 $2958
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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