• Offered by School of Regulation and Global Governance
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject RegNet
  • Areas of interest International Relations, International Affairs, Criminology, Human Rights
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

This course will introduce students to International Criminal Law through a broad, interdisciplinary perspective that combines law, criminology, sociology, history and politics so as to understand how institutions and actors have shaped this growing field, especially since the end of the Cold War. The focus will be on international courts, domestic and international normative change as well as more diffuse policy changes that have occurred, especially in post conflict context. It is the contention of the course that studying international criminal justice is a key component in understanding international diplomacy and particularly the nature of post-conflict resolution in the developing world.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate the ability to analyse and theorise  the nature of International Criminal Justice norms, institutions, actors and history
  2. Demonstrate synthesis of different sources of knowledge about  key ICJ institutions, such as the International Criminal Court and the UN ad hoc tribunals
  3. Analyse and apply key cases that have emerged from international courts.
  4. Generate and present a reasoned critique of the functions and limitations of individual criminal responsibility in situations of mass atrocity and social conflict.

Indicative Assessment

This course will be graded, with students required to pass each assessment item in order to receive a passing or above mark for the course.
  1. In class participation and electronic submission of two questions for each session, a day prior to class (10%)
  2. Case note - 2000 words (30%)
  3. Research and writing plan and outline for major essay - 1000 words (20%)
  4. Major essay - 3000 words (40%)

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This course will require 30 contact hours and 130 hours workload in total.

Prescribed Texts

 W Schabas & N Bernaz (eds), The Routledge Handbook of International Criminal Law (2013)

 W Schabas (ed), The Cambridge Companion to International Criminal Law (2016)


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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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
2019 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5460
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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