• Class Number 8570
  • Term Code 2970
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Jeremy Farrall
    • Dr Jeremy Farrall
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 04/11/2019
  • Class End Date 19/12/2019
  • Census Date 15/11/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 04/11/2019
SELT Survey Results

While there are established courses and literature on jus ad bellum (International Law and the Use of Force) and jus in bello (International Humanitarian Law), the idea and content of a jus post bellum has only in recent years become the subject of practical significance and intense debate.

This course is designed to provide students with the basic concept and theory of human security as a critical perspective to the legal debates concerning peace-building and contentious issues to be addressed in practice.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of international law as it applies to post-conflict situations;
  2. Explain and critically reflect on theoretical foundations, concepts, and challenges relevant to post-conflict governance;
  3. Demonstrate cognitive skills to critically analyse the recent developments in the Asia-Pacific such as Cambodia, East Timor, Afghanistan, Solomon Islands, and other post-conflict situations;
  4. Critically evaluate international law issues arising in the context of post-conflict governance;
  5. Plan and execute independent legal research with adequate methodology, creativity and initiative to address new and emerging legal issues in the context of post-conflict governance.

Research-Led Teaching

The learning outcomes and aligned assessment for this course are designed to strengthen the capacity of students to conduct top-quality independent research and analysis. The course exposes students to contemporary research and debates on a range of mechanisms for international dispute resolution. The course convenor, Associate-Professor Jeremy Farrall, has an active international law research agenda, including on the role of the United Nations in promoting the peaceful settlement of international disputes. His books include Strengthening the Rule of Law through the UN Security Council (Routledge 2016, with Hilary Charlesworth),The Role of International Law in Rebuilding Societies After Conflict (Cambridge 2009, with Brett Bowden and Hilary Charlesworth), Sanctions, Accountability and Governance in a Globalised World (Cambridge 2009, with Kim Rubenstein) and United Nations Sanctions and the Rule of Law (Cambridge 2007).

Additional Course Costs

This course is an intensive course taught at the ANU Acton Campus in Canberra. Students will need to cover costs associated with travel, accommodation, meals etc, if attending from out of State.

Required Resources

See the eBrick provided on the course Wattle site.

There is no required text for this course. The recommended text is:

Brett Bowden, Hilary Charlesworth & Jeremy Farrall (eds), The Role of International Law in Building Democracy and Justice after Conflict (Cambridge, 2009).

It is available in paperback at Harry Hartog Booksellers for $56.95.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

Task submission times refer to Canberra time (AEST/AEDT).

Extensions late submission and penalties - https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/policies-procedures/extensions-late-submission-and-penalties

Deferred examination: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/assessments-exams/deferred-examinations

Special consideration: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/assessments-exams/special-assessment-consideration

Penalties for excess word length: https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/policies-procedures/word-length-and-excess-word-penalties

Further Information about the Course: is available from the course WATTLE page. Students are required to access the WATTLE site regularly throughout the course for any announcements relating to the course.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 I. Course Introduction II. Legal frameworks in post-conflict situations III. Peace operations Simulation: Negotiating a Status of Forces Agreement Mon 4 Nov, 9am to 5pm
2 IV. Security Sector Reform V. Human Rights VI. Rule of Law Simulation: Negotiating a multidimensional peace operation mandate Tues 5 Nov, 9am to 5pm
3 VII. Peace-building VIII. Constitution-Building IX. International Criminal Prosecutions Simulation: Establishing jurisdiction before the ICC Weds 6 Nov, 9am to 5pm
4 X. Restorative Justice XI. Law, Governance and Development XII. Child Protection Simulation: Negotiating reconciliation Course wrap-up Thurs 7 Nov, 9am to 5pm

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
In-class participation 20 % 11/11/2019 29/11/2019 1,2,3,4,5
Final paper 80 % 16/12/2019 28/01/2020 1,2,3,4,5

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using 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. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


For all courses taught face-to-face in intensive mode, the ANU College of Law considers participation in the classes offered to be an important part of the educational experience of the graduate program and students are required to attend ALL classes (and all of each class).

In exceptional circumstances, a student may be granted permission by the Course Convenor, in consultation with the Stream Convenor or Director, LLM Program, to miss some classes, provided:

a.      it does not exceed a maximum of 25% of the classes;

b.      permission is requested in advance; and

c.       the request is supported, where appropriate, by adequate documentation.

Failure to comply with this policy may result in a student receiving the grade of NCN (non-complete fail). The normal pressures of work or planned personal trips do not constitute exceptional circumstances to justify an exemption from full compliance of this policy.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 11/11/2019
Return of Assessment: 29/11/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

In-class participation

Nature of Task: Class participation and journal entry (one entry for each day of the course). Failure to submit this task will result in a mark of 0 for the task.

Weighting: 20%

Word limit: 1,000 words (250 words for each journal entry)

Release: 4 November 2019

Due date: 11 November 2019 by 17:00

Estimated return date: participation marks will be available via Wattle by 29 November

Assessment Criteria:

a) Preparation and understanding of the material

  • Reading assigned materials in advance of the lectures/seminars
  • linking material between various aspects of the class and different lectures

b) Thinking critically about the material

  • Looking at questions from different angles
  • questioning assumptions

c) Expressing ideas clearly

  • Responding to instructor’s questions thoughtfully
  • Use of relevant examples

d) Engaging with other students in the discussion

  • responding to what other have said
  • being respectful for a range of views and opinions

Rubric: Will be provided on Day 1 of the Course.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 80 %
Due Date: 16/12/2019
Return of Assessment: 28/01/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Final paper

Nature of Task: You will prepare a 5,000-word research essay on a topical issue relating to Post-Conflict Situations and International Law. A list of essay topics will be posted on the Wattle site in week one. You can also write your research essay on topic determined by you. If you would like to do this, your proposed topic must be approved by the Course Convenor no later than Friday 15 November 2019. If you fail to submit the essay you will receive a mark of 0 for the task.

Weighting: 80%

Word limit: 5000 words

Release: Student’s choice with lecturer’s approval; topic must be submitted by 17:00 on 15 November 2019 and will be approved by instructor within a week. Students are encouraged to talk with the instructor about their topics during the week of class.

Due date: Final papers will be due by 17:00 on Monday, 16 December 2019.

Estimated return date: Assessment will be returned to students by 28 January 2020. Marks will be available to students once approved by ANU College of Law.

Assessment Criteria:

  • Understanding of the Issues
  • addresses the question and covers all the important points
  • evidence of close consideration of the question and the research materials drawn on
  • issues raised by the topic are clearly and concisely identified
  • material chosen relates clearly to the topic and is analysed not just summarised or quoted extensively

b) Communication & Development of Argument

  • clear theme or argument
  • arguments logical and well-organised
  • ideas/paragraphs linked coherently

c) Argument/Analysis

  • originality of ideas and critical analysis of the material – paper must offer a
  • new perspective and not simply summarize or synthesize others’ ideas
  • complexity and insight in dealing with theory/ideas
  • suggestions for change where appropriate
  • interdisciplinary perspective where appropriate
  • addressing opposing arguments
  • well-reasoned conclusions

d) Research

  • research covering primary and secondary materials
  • good organisation of sources and ability to synthesise all the research materials used
  • use of theoretical material where appropriate
  • range of research sources
  • integration of material from research resources into the essay

e) Presentation, style and referencing

  • good use of structure, section headings and paragraphs
  • clarity and conciseness of expression, interesting and engaging of reader
  • use of appropriate terminology and correct grammar, syntax and spelling adherence to word limit

Rubric: Will be provided on Day 1 of the Course.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Jeremy Farrall

Research Interests

Public International Law; International Dispute Resolution; United Nations Security Council

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