LAWS5219 International Criminal Law

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Content
The unit examines key issues relating to international criminal law, enabling students to examine the historical and theoretical developments, sources, fundamental principles and objectives of international criminal law as well as the main characteristics of international crimes (such as genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes). The unit has a research focus, developing the independent research skills of students who explore a variety of primary and secondary materials in the field of international criminal law.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) demonstrate integrated knowledge of the fundamental principles of international criminal law and its relationship with other branches of international law; (2) engage with the theoretical debates underlying these principles and demonstrate an ability to use and critically examine theoretical material on international criminal law; (3) situate and critically evaluate political and cultural factors which influence the development of international criminal law; (4) demonstrate an ability to use appropriate research methods to investigate research questions in international criminal law; and (5) present orally and in writing a well-developed argument on issues relating to international criminal law.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research essay; (2) in-class presentation; and (3) in-class participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Assistant Professor Philipp Kastner
Unit rules
Co-requisites:
for Master of International Law (coursework) (21520) and Graduate Diploma in International Law (21320) students: LAWS5224 Foundations of Public International Law or equivalent; for students in other courses: none
Contact hours
Students must attend every day of the intensive period 1, 5, 8, 12 October. Refer to the timetable website for further information.
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