Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes (5325LAW)

This 10 credit point elective course is available to all students. International criminal law is a rapidly growing field of the law. New international criminal courts and institutions are generating a vacancy for early career professionals at the entry level stage. This course covers the foundations of international criminal law as well as current issues. The course focuses on a legal, political, and philosophical examination of core international crimes, including genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. We critique the purpose of international criminal justice, the possible institutional structures and creation of international criminal justice mechanisms, and the jurisdiction of international criminal courts. We examine current issues and challenges such as widespread use of torture, the independence and powers of the Prosecutor, and accusations of politicization and regional bias against the International Criminal Court (ICC). We will also explore issues close to home such as can Australian military persons be prosecuted before the ICC? Can the Australian Prime Minister be held criminally responsible for international crimes as a result of our military activities in Iraq, Syria, and other areas?

Course study information

Credit points (awarded)

10 (10)

Study level


Student contribution band

Band 3

Usually available

Nathan Semester 1Nathan Trimester 2

Course offerings and timetables


Key dates

Course start date
8 July 2019
Last day to add a course
21 July 2019
Last day to drop a course without financial penalty (Census date)
4 August 2019
Last day to drop a course without academic penalty
8 September 2019

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Class Availability When Where Notes
You must attend this Lecture
Lecture (41270) Open Thursday 10:00 - 11:50
Weeks 1 - 5, 6
N78 0.11
Sir Samuel Griffith Building
Nathan Campus