• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Sarah Heathcote
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Summer Session 2015
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This course is conducted in Geneva in January/February each year.

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 three 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.

The first week will be devoted to general aspects of the operation of international organisations, the second week will focus on human rights and related issues, and the third week will mainly address trade, IP and environmental questions. The precise composition of the program will vary to some extent from year to year.

The classes will take place at the Graduate Institute of International Studies and Development, and in various international organisations in Geneva. All classes and visits will be conducted in English and knowledge of French is not required.

Due to practical considerations, enrolment will be strictly limited (20 students from all sources - a limited number of places will go to LLM Masters Program students. Places are competitive.

Learning Outcomes

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

On the successful completion of this course LLM students should 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;
  5. Plan and execute complex legal research with independence in order to produce original scholarship.

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.

Indicative Assessment

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.

Assessment is likely to consist of:

  1. Class participation (20%)
  2. Essay (80%, 4,000 to 4,500 words).

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.


Students will attend between 50 and 60 hours of classes in the course of the 3-week intensive program of study. In addition, students will have to allocate appropriate time in the course of the first half of the following semester to complete the required research essay.

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.

Assumed Knowledge

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

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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.

Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1110 18 Jan 2015 18 Jan 2015 30 Jan 2015 21 Mar 2015 In Person N/A

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