• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Gerry Simpson
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Autumn Session 2015
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The course looks at the rules, concepts, principles, institutional architecture, and enforcement of what we call international criminal law or international criminal justice, or, sometimes, the law of war crimes.

 The focus of the course is the area of international criminal law concerned with traditional “war crimes” and, in particular, four of the core crimes set out in the Rome Statute (war crimes, torture as a crime against humanity, genocide and aggression). It adopts a historical, philosophical and practical focus throughout, though the course is mainly directed at the conceptual problems associated with the prosecution of war criminals and, more broadly, legalised retribution. Attention, in this respect, will be directed towards the moral and jurisprudential dilemmas associated with bureaucratic criminality and individual culpability.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon completion, a participant should:

  1. have an understanding of international criminal law and its basic principles, concepts and methodologies;
  2. be familiar with the sources and methods of research in the field of international criminal law;
  3. have an understanding of the evolution of the concept of international crime, from piracy juris gentium to the drafting of the Statute of the International Criminal Court;
  4. be able to examine the role played by the United Nations and its subsidiary bodies in the development of international criminal law
  5. be able to 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;
  6. be able to assess 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, as well as national tribunals and so-called "mixed tribunals", and to consider the legal and political questions to which those proceedings give rise;
  7. have an understanding of the law and procedure regulating the activities of the International Criminal Court.

Other Information

This is an intensive course with 4 days of compulsory attendance required (see LLM timetable for dates).
Approximately 6 weeks from the completion of the intensive your final assessment will be due. Contact with fellow students and the convenor, both prior to the intensive and after, is conducted via the Wattle course site.

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.

It is likely that assessment will consist of a major research essay (approx 6000 wds).

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26 Contact Hours (Intensive Delivery over 4 days) plus private study and reading time.

Click here for the current LLM Masters Program Timetable

Requisite and Incompatibility

Incompatible with LAWS2252.

Prescribed Texts

There is no prescribed text though Simpson Law, War and Crime (2007) is recommended.

Preliminary Reading

Readings and materials will be listed in the Course Study Guide which will be available on the Wattle course site approximately 4 weeks from the commencement of the course.


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

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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.

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1573 27 Apr 2015 27 Apr 2015 08 May 2015 12 Jun 2015 In Person N/A

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