• Offered by ANU School of Legal Practice
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person

This course aims to provide the ADF Legal Officers' Special Career Structure (LOSCR) with the military operations law component of Legal Training Module 2.  This is the educational requirement for ADF Legal Officers to qualify for legal competency level LL3 under the LOSCR approved by the Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal.

A student who has successfully completed the course should show a sound knowledge of:

  • the doctrinal and legal basis for ADF operations
  • the nature of International Law as a legal system as it effects the ADF
  • the relationship between international law and domestic law and be able to apply it in relation to the ADF
  • how general international law, the laws of armed conflict and domestic law, impact on the conduct of ADF operations.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. understand the framework for the application of international law to military operations
  2. understand which relevant treaties and conventions and customary international law principles Australia adopts and applies to military operations
  3. understand the principles of international law legitimating the use of force by States
  4. understand the framework of international humanitarian law as it applies to international and non-international armed conflict
  5. appreciate the international legal principles applicable to military operations
  6. understand the relevant Australian law applicable to military support operations.

Indicative Assessment

  1. There will be two elements of assessment for this course: (null) [LO null]
  2. take-home examination (null) [LO null]
  3. essay. (null) [LO null]

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Week long intensive seminar with on-line communication and activities before and after.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying the Graduate Certificate of Military Law (CMILL) or the Graduate Diploma of Military Law (DMILL).

Prescribed Texts

There is no prescribed text book for this course. Students will be provided in advance with reading materials which contain extracts of relevant international instruments, statutes and readings.

During the course you will be given additional materials, both hard copy, and by way of web reference to supplement your manuals.

Assumed Knowledge

The course will be taught on the basis that you have an understanding of basic principles of international law, and the interaction between international law and municipal law. You should also be familiar with relevant ADF policies as they relate to the use of force, and military operations.


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found 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
2022 $4740
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $6000
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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