• Class Number 5463
  • Term Code 3440
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Wanshu Cong
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 19/02/2024
  • Class End Date 26/04/2024
  • Census Date 05/04/2024
  • Last Date to Enrol 20/02/2024
SELT Survey Results

This course explores the origins, rationales, and institutional mechanisms and development of international criminal law, and discusses its current state and place in the modern international legal system in light of important recent developments. It introduces and examines the so-called “core crimes” of international criminal law, doctrines of individual criminal responsibility, and various judicial bodies enforcing international criminal law. It adopts a historical, philosophical and practical focus throughout to examine moral and jurisprudential dilemmas associated with bureaucratic and mass criminality and individual culpability. The course will also consider the broader functions of international criminal justice project and explore the politics intrinsic to this project as well as crisis and backlashes faced by international criminal law and tribunals. 

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Synthesise and apply the key principles, concepts, and methodologies of international criminal law to analyse and propose solutions to legal problems.
  2. Reflect on the historical development, rationale, and institutional architecture of international criminal law.
  3. Differentiate and appraise the mandate and characteristics of different international criminal tribunals.
  4. Critically evaluate the roles and functions of international criminal law in global governance.
  5. Plan and execute a research-based project or piece of scholarship in the area of international criminal law.

Research-Led Teaching

Wanshu Cong teaches and researches in the fields of public international law, international human rights law, international criminal law, and law and technology.

Required Resources

There is no prescribed textbook for this course. Readings/E brick will be made available on Wattle two weeks prior to the course commencement date.

Whether you are on campus or studying remotely, there are a variety of online platforms you will use to participate in your study program. These could include videos for lectures and other instruction, two-way video conferencing for interactive learning, email and other messaging tools for communication, interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities, print and/or photo/scan for handwritten work and drawings, and home-based assessment.

ANU outlines recommended student system requirements to ensure you are able to participate fully in your learning. Other information is also available about the various Learning Platforms you may use.

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). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

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

Extenuating circumstances: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/assessments-exams/extenuating-circumstances-application

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

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

Distribution of grades policy: https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/policies-procedures/grading

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.

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

The ANU Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as providing clear guidance on the responsible and ethical use of AI technologies.

The following resources may also be useful:

• The ANU Library's Libguide is a valuable resource for gaining a comprehensive understanding of AI's role in academia.

• The ANU Academic Skills site provides useful information to ensure that you leverage AI responsibly and effectively.

• The ANU College of Law Academic Integrity and Misconduct site provides content related to legal implications, ethical guidelines, and considerations when dealing with AI in the context of law.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Tuesday 20 February: 2-4 pm
  • Introduction and the nature of ICL
In line with the University’s recording policy, lectures will be recorded and made available for students. However, lecture recordings are only an additional resource and they should not be taken as a substitute for regular attendance. If a recording does fail, there is no guarantee a replacement recording will be provided.
2 Thursday 22 February: 2-4 pm
  • Sources and the principle of legality
3 Tuesday 27 February: 2-4 pm
  • War crimes
4 Thursday 29 February: 2-4 pm
  • Crimes against humanity
5 Tuesday 5 March: 2-4 pm
  • Genocide
6 Thursday 7 March: 2-4 pm
  • Simulation activity
7 Tuesday 12 March: 2-4 pm
  • Crime of aggression
8 Thursday 14 March: 2-4 pm
  • International Criminal Law and the making of history
9 Tuesday 19 March: 2-4 pm
  • Projects of international criminal justice
10 Thursday 21 March: 2-4 pm
  • Individualization and Criminalization
11 Tuesday 26 March: 2-4 pm
  • International Criminal Law and Politics
12 Thursday 28 March: 2-4 pm
  • Managing and Marketing International Criminal Justice
13 Two hours of recorded lectures on modes of liability, jurisdiction, and immunity, to be uploaded on Wattle from March 1 to March 11

Tutorial Registration

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Class Participation 10 % * 29/03/2024 1,2,3,4,5
Simulation activity 20 % 07/03/2024 14/03/2024 1,3
Reflective note 20 % 21/03/2024 31/03/2024 1,2,3,4
Research Essay 50 % 24/04/2024 10/05/2024 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 Integrity 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 Skills 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 in any mode (whether face to face or online), the ANU College of Law considers participation in the classes offered to be an important part of the educational experience of the program. Students are expected to attend all classes.

If circumstances arise which are beyond a student’s control and they are unable to attend a class, the student should contact the Course Convenor in advance (where possible), so that the convenor can adjust their expectations in relation to numbers for that class. If it is not possible to give advance notice, students should send the convenor an email as soon as possible with evidence to support the reason for failure to attend. 


There is no final examination for this course.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Return of Assessment: 29/03/2024
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Class Participation

Details of Task: Given the importance of interactive learning for this course, you will be given a mark for your contributions to class discussion and group activities throughout the intensive. This component of assessment requires active participation in all classes, and adequate attendance will only go towards a pass for participation. Marks will be based on the quality, not quantity, of your contributions. You will be rewarded for oral contributions that demonstrate you have read the materials and reflected on the issues raised.

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

Weighting: 10%

Estimated Return Date: 29 March 2024

Assessment Criteria: The participation mark will focus on your preparations for class, your contributions to class discussions, and your capacity to communicate your knowledge and understanding of the rules and concepts covered in the course. An assessment rubric will be made available on Wattle.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 07/03/2024
Return of Assessment: 14/03/2024
Learning Outcomes: 1,3

Simulation activity

Details of Task: This task will provide students with a fictional case at the International Criminal Court. Students will form groups and develop legal arguments according to the roles assigned. Oral presentations will take place on 7 March 2024.

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

Weighting: 20%

Release date: Group formation and the fictional case will be available on Wattle by 5 pm, 26 February 2024.

Due date: 2-4pm, Thursday, 7 March 2024. Due to the nature of the task, non participation of this session will lead to a mark of zero. If you experience extenuating circumstances and cannot attend and present on this time and date, you should apply for an extension here. The College will give you one final opportunity to complete the assessment.

Estimated return date: Thursday, 14 March 2024.

Assessment Criteria: An assessment rubric will be made available on Wattle.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 21/03/2024
Return of Assessment: 31/03/2024
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Reflective note

Details of Task: This task requests students to choose one of the questions discussed in the class and write a reflective note. This task will assess students' ability to engage with the readings and class discussions critically and reflectively and help develop students' critical thinking, as well as research and writing skills. Merely summarizing reading materials and class discussions will not be sufficient to pass this task.

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

Weighting: 20%

Word Limit: 1,200 words. Inclusive of footnotes in AGLC/OSCOLA format. Footnotes should be used for referencing of sources. The ANU College of Law's Word Length and Excess Word penalties policy can be found here . Your submission must be made in a word processing file format (.doc, .docx). PDF files will not be accepted.

Due Date: 5pm, 21 March 2024. Late submissions (without an extension) are permitted, but late penalties will apply.

Estimated Return Date: 31 March 2024

Assessment Criteria: An assessment rubric will be made available on Wattle.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 50 %
Due Date: 24/04/2024
Return of Assessment: 10/05/2024
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Research Essay

Details of Task: You will be invited to select your topic from a list of pre-approved topics, or devise your own topic with the assistance of the Course Convenor. The essay can be doctrinal or non-doctrinal. You are welcome to share preliminary research outlines with the Course Convenor for feedback by 8 April 2024. Feedback on the outlines will be provided by 10 April 2024. Full details will be provided in the class.

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

Weighting: 50%

Word Limit: 4,000 words inclusive of footnotes in AGLC/OSCOLA format.

Submission Requirement: Footnotes should be used for referencing of sources. A list of bibliography is required and will not count towards the world limit. The ANU College of Law's Word Length and Excess Word penalties policy can be found here. Your submission must be made in a word processing file format (.doc, .docx). PDF files will not be accepted.

Due Date: 5pm, 24 April 2024. Late submissions (without an extension) are permitted, but late penalties will apply. 

Estimated Return Date: 10 May 2024

Assessment Criteria: An assessment rubric will be made available on Wattle.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

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. You must ensure that you upload the correct document on the specified submission due date and time. Any document modified after the due date and time will either incur a late penalty or will NOT be accepted. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education), submission must be through Turnitin in a word processing file format (.doc, .docx). Electronic copies in .pdf file format are not acceptable.

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 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 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-hour period.

Referencing Requirements

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

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.

Resubmission of Assignments

Resubmission is not guaranteed. Please ensure that you have reviewed your submission carefully before you submit.

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).

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