• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest International Relations, Law, Human Rights
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

This course explores the intersection of two overlapping areas of international law: international humanitarian law and international human rights law.

The concurrent application of these areas of international law has increasingly raised difficult questions and issues in the post September 11 security environment at national, regional and global levels.  This course will offer an opportunity for students to explore and deepen their understanding of these questions and issues from an international legal perspective and in the broader context of debates about the coherence and fragmentation of the international legal system.

The post-Cold War period has not seen a reduction of internal armed conflicts and the post September 11 security environment has sharpened legal controversies regarding the overlapping operation of international humanitarian law and international human rights law.  These controversies have included whether international humanitarian law or human rights law standards appropriately apply to counter-terrorism measures and controversies regarding the extraterritorial application of human rights treaties to armed conflict situations and the human rights obligations of occupying powers, for example, in Iraq following the 2003 invasion.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate an advanced knowledge and understanding of the contemporary international legal issues arising from the concurrent application of international humanitarian law and international human rights law in armed conflict and post-conflict situations;
  2. Explain and critically analyse the interaction of relevant rules and principles of international humanitarian law, especially those found in the Geneva Conventions and the Additional Protocols, with relevant rules and principles of international human rights law, especially those found in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and other global human rights treaties and regional instruments such as the European Convention on Human Rights;
  3. Explain and critically analyse aspects of international law, international humanitarian law, and international human rights law as they apply to counter-terrorism measures, during military operations and to occupied territories;
  4. Demonstrate an ability to make an effective and insightful contribution to class discussion, debate and analysis of seminar topics; and
  5. Plan and execute superior legal research, analytical, and writing skills in order to produce original scholarship.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Seminar Presentation (1,500 words); (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Major Research Paper (5,000 words) (80) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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Classes offered in non-standard sessions will be taught on an intensive base with compulsory contact hours (approximately 26 hours of face to face teaching). The course will also require advanced preparation through assigned readings. In total, it is anticipated that the hours required for completion of this course (class preparation, teaching and completion of assessment) will not exceed 120 hours. Classes offered during semester periods are expected to have 3 contact hours per week.

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Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a: Master of Laws (7300XLLM, MLLM), Master of Laws in Migration (NLLML), Master of Laws in International Law (NLLIL), Master of Laws in Environmental Law (NLLEN), Master of Laws in Law, Governance & Development (NLLGD), Master of Laws in International Security Law (NLLSL), Master of Laws in Government and Regulation (NLLGR), Master of Legal Practice (MLEGP) Master of International Law and Diplomacy (MINLD); OR Juris Doctor (7330XJD, 7330HJD or MJD), have completed or be completing five 1000 or 6100 level LAWS courses and have completed LAWS2250/LAWS6250 International Law; OR Graduate Certificate of Law (CLAW) and have completed or be completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions; OR Master of Military Law (MMILL). Students undertaking any ANU graduate program may apply for this course. Enrolments are accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the ANU College of Law for permission number.

Prescribed Texts

There is no prescribed text.

Preliminary Reading

Students must rely on the approved Class Summary which will be posted to the Programs and Courses site approximately 2 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.

An e-brick will be available on the Wattle course site.

Assumed Knowledge

The course will be taught on the basis that students will have a general understanding of international human rights law and international humanitarian 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
2020 $4320
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5760
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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