Courses & Units

International Criminal Law LAW677



Summer semester unit

Semester 2 Off campus offering is only available for outbound exchange students studying an equivalent unit overseas on approved international exchange.


Since the establishment by the UN Security Council of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in 1993, the pace of development in the International Criminal Law has been breathtaking. The new international institutions - the two adhoc international criminal tribunals for the Former Yugoslavia and for Rwanda and the new International Criminal Court - have helped to spawn a plethora of new national and international tribunals (Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Cambodia, Iraq), national and international legislation, criminal proceedings and jurisprudence. Issues of International Criminal Law in Australia are regularly covered in the media - the proposed trial of David Hicks by US Military Commission, the Croatian request for extradition from Australia of the alleged war criminal 'Captain Dragon'.

Topics will include: The concept and bases of individual criminal responsibility for violations of international law, historical development of international criminal law, definitions of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, jurisdiction for the prosecution of international crimes (particularly universal jurisdiction), international criminal tribunals, the new International Criminal Court and Australian legislative approaches to national implementation of international criminal law.


Unit name International Criminal Law
Unit code LAW677
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Faculty of Law
School of Law
Discipline School of Law
Coordinator Prof. Tim McCormack
Teaching staff

Prof. Tim McCormack

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart 5 Week Session Jan A On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

Units are offered as On-campus where the majority of teaching will occur at the campus identified.  Units offered Off-campus generally have no requirement for attendance at a physical university campus unless the unit has practical or fieldwork components*:  the campus indicated for an Off-Campus unit is the one at which teaching is administered from.

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
5 Week Session Jan A 2/1/2017 10/1/2017 19/1/2017 4/2/2017

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2017 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2017 will be available from the 1st October 2016.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
3 2017: $1,324.00 2017: $1,561.00 090909

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.


  • Pre-requisites: LAW631 and EITHER: LAW221, LAW222, LAW223, LAW224, LAW225, LAW226, LAW204, LAW205 OR LAW250, LAW251, LAW252, LAW253, LAW254, LAW255, LAW256, LAW204.


Teaching Pattern

The unit is taught as an intensive in the summer semester period.


Open book 2 hour exam (70%), 2000 word assignment (30%)

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