• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Humanities
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Development Studies, History, Museums and Collections
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Phillip Drew
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Summer Session 2019
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International Humanitarian Law is an area of international law which appears to have undergone a revival in recent years. However, the basic principles of international humanitarian law and the founding conventions in the field are longstanding. Any course in the area therefore requires an historical appreciation of the topic, a thorough understanding of the relevant international conventions - especially the Geneva Conventions and the Additional Protocols - mixed with a contemporary understanding of some of the current issues which have arisen. This course aims to provide that mix between the historical, traditional, and contemporary aspects of international humanitarian law.

Topics covered in the course may include:

- the historical evolution of international legal norms
the principles determining the rules applicable in different conflict situations

- the relationship between human rights and humanitarian law norms

- the role of the ICRC in general, as well as in specific conflicts

- enforcement of international humanitarian law; the Security Council and international war crimes tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia

- new directions, including the challenges posed by international terrorist activities, and the emergence of new weapons.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. appreciate the historical basis for the development of the law in the field;
  2. understand the relevant international conventions and treaties, especially the four Geneva Conventions and two Additional Protocols to the Geneva Conventions;
  3. appreciate some of the contemporary issues which have arisen in the application of international humanitarian law in recent conflicts such as Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya; and
  4. understand the application of international humanitarian law to the actions of military forces and the impact of the law upon civilian populations.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Take-home examination, 50% (LO 1-4) (50) [LO null]
  2. Written essay, 3,000 words, 50% (LO 1-4) (50) [LO null]

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Workload

Intensive delivery - 130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 26 hours of contact; and b) 104 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be enrolled in the Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development (MAAPD). You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed LAWS8268.

Prescribed Texts

Yoram Dinstein (2010) The Conduct of Hostilities under the Law of International Armed Conflict, 2nd Edition, Cambridge University Press.

Specialisations

Fees

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:
3
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.

Units EFTSL
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.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1736 19 Feb 2019 19 Feb 2019 01 Mar 2019 05 Apr 2019 In Person N/A

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