• Class Number 6566
  • Term Code 3270
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery Online
    • Dr Ntina TZOUVALA
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 14/11/2022
  • Class End Date 09/01/2023
  • Census Date 25/11/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 15/11/2022
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.

Required Resources

See the eBrick provided on the course Wattle site.

The readings will be made available on Wattle 2 weeks before the course.

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 This is an intensive online course taught over five days via Zoom, from 9am to 3.15pm AEDT on 14, 16, 18, 21 and 28 November 2022.
2 I. Introduction and core concepts II. Peace operations and the UN Security Council Simulation 1: Negotiating a Status of Forces Agreement
3 III. Case study 1: Post-conflict reconstruction in West Africa and Ebola (led by Professor Matiangai Sirleaf) IV. Simulation 2: Negotiating a multidimensional peace operation mandate (SSR, Electoral, & Rule of Law elements) V. Case study 2: The myth of post-bellum? Examples from the Arab world (led by Professor Noha Aboueldahab)
4 V. Case study 3: Truth and reconciliation commissions in Latin America (led by Ms Valeria Vasquez Guevara) VI. The 'right to truth' and amnesties
5 VII. Case study 4: Bosnia and the Political Economy of International Transitional Administration (led by Dr Marina Velickovic) VIII. The United Nations and the Laws of Occupation Simulation 3: Negotiating an international transitional administration mandate (economic reform and economic institutions elements)
6 IX. International criminal law: promises and perils for post-conflict contexts

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Research Foundation Paper 20 % 01/12/2022 15/12/2022 1,2,3,4,5
Research Paper 80 % 09/01/2023 01/02/2023 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 Academic Integrity . 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.


The course provides experiential, simulation-based learning opportunities, in which you will participate directly in multiple simulations of different real-life post-conflict scenarios. Attendance is therefore compulsory at ALL classes (and all of each class).

If circumstances arise which are beyond your control and that you are unable to attend a class, you must contact the Course Convenor in advance (where possible). If it is not possible to give advance notice, you must send the convenor an email as soon as possible with evidence to support the reason for your absence.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 01/12/2022
Return of Assessment: 15/12/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Research Foundation Paper

Details of Task: For this task, you are asked to put together an extensive outline (1,500 words excluding footnotes) of the topic that will form the basis of your final research paper. The outline ought to include: a) your main research question along with a brief explanation of its significance; 2) your method/ology and its appropriateness for the topic; 3) a breakdown of the expected sections along with a brief description of each; 4) a brief discussion of the conceptual/doctrinal/methodological/political challenges that you expect to encounter in your research.

Nature of Task: Compulsory and non-redeemable. Failure to submit this assessment will result in a mark of zero for this assessment task.

Weighting: 20%

Word Limit: 1,500 words (excluding footnotes). The ANU College of Law's Word Length and Excess Word penalties policy can be found at here.

Due Date: 5pm, 1 December 2022. Late submissions (without an extension) are permitted, although late penalties will apply.

Estimated Return Date: 15 December 2022

Assessment Criteria: Knowledge, analysis and style.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 80 %
Due Date: 09/01/2023
Return of Assessment: 01/02/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Research Paper

Details of Task: A research essay on a topic of your choosing that incorporates the feedback you received for Assessment 1.

Nature of Task: Compulsory and non-redeemable. Failure to submit this assessment will result in a mark of zero for this assessment task.

Weighting: 80%

Word Limit: 5,500 words (excluding footnotes). The ANU College of Law's Word Length and Excess Word penalties policy can be found at here.

Due Date: 5pm, 9 January 2023. Late submissions (without an extension) are permitted, although late penalties will apply.

Estimated Return Date: 1 February 2023

Assessment Criteria: Knowledge, analysis, response to feedback and style.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to 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 be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, 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 Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

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 not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per 24-hour period. 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 tests or examinations.
  • Late submission with an extension. To ensure equity for all students, the 5% penalty per working day for late submission of work does not apply if you have been granted an extension. Where an extension is granted, the revised due date and submission time will be provided in writing. Importantly, any revised due date is inclusive of weekends and public holidays. Regardless of which day of the week the revised due date falls on, students who submit after that date will be penalised by 5% of the possible marks available for the task per 24 -our period.  

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. Extensions may be granted 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).


Research Interests

History, theory and political economy of international law.

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


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