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Law

LAW623

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LAW407 Mooting
(Not Offered 2014)
LAW422 Evidence
LAW423 Criminal and Civil Procedure
LAW450 Equity
LAW451 Civil Procedure
(Not Offered 2014)
LAW452 Legal Ethics
(Not Offered 2014)
LAW453 Legal Theory
(Not Offered 2014)
LAW454 Remedies
LAW455 Mooting
LAW602 Foundations of Media and Information Technology Law
(Not Offered 2014)
LAW603 Labour Law
(Not Offered 2014)
LAW604 Competition Law
LAW606 Law of the Oceans and the Antarctic
(Not Offered 2014)
LAW607 Corporations Law 2
(Not Offered 2014)
LAW608 Law of Nations
(Not Offered 2014)
LAW609 Comparative Administrative Law
LAW610 International Environmental Law
LAW612 Jurisprudence
LAW615 Criminology
(Not Offered 2014)
LAW617 Comparative Law
(Not Offered 2014)
LAW619 Biotechnology Law
(Not Offered 2014)
LAW622 Concepts of Property
(Not Offered 2014)
LAW623 International Humanitarian Law
(Not Offered 2014)
LAW624 Dispute Resolution
(Not Offered 2014)
LAW625 Law Review
LAW626 Sports Law
(Not Offered 2014)
LAW627 Parliamentary Law and Practice
(Not Offered 2014)
LAW628 Advocacy
(Not Offered 2014)
LAW629 Animal Law
LAW630 International Criminal Procedure
LAW631 International Law
LAW634 Human Rights
LAW636 Law of the European Union
(Not Offered 2014)
LAW637 Jessup Moot
LAW638 Criminology
(Not Offered 2014)
LAW639 Current Issues in Environmental Law and Policy
LAW640 Dispute Resolution
LAW641 Environmental Law
LAW652 Media Law
(Not Offered 2014)
LAW662 Tax 1
(Not Offered 2014)
LAW663 International Trade Law
LAW664 Intellectual Property
(Not Offered 2014)
LAW669 Consumer Protection
LAW670 Information Technology Law
(Not Offered 2014)
LAW677 International Criminal Law
(Not Offered 2014)
LAW678 Comparative Family Law
(Not Offered 2014)
LAW679 Supervised Research Paper
LAW681 Family 1 - the Family and the Child
LAW682 Family 2 - Financial Aspects of Family Law
(Not Offered 2014)
LAW683 Succession
(Not Offered 2014)
LAW684 Conflicts (Private International Law)
(Not Offered 2014)
LAW688 Sentencing
LAW692 Jessup Moot
(Not Offered 2014)
LAW693 Transitional Governance
(Not Offered 2014)
LAW695 Law and Ethics of Health Care
(Not Offered 2014)
LAW696 Professional Conduct

2014 LAW623 International Humanitarian Law

Unit Level: Advanced

Available as a Student Elective: Yes

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SPECIAL NOTE: Spring school unit - pre-reading in December, with classes commencing in January. Note that census date for this unit is 31 December 2013.

OFFERINGS
Not Offered

DESCRIPTION

International Law purports to regulate military force in two key ways. The first we refer to as the jus ad bellum - the legal regulation of the circumstances in which resort to military force is justified. The heated public debate about whether or not Australia was legally justified in joining the US and the UK in invading Iraq in 2003 is a classic example of the interpretation and application of this area of International Law. The key treaty here is the UN Charter with its general prohibition on resort to military force and its principal exceptions in Chapter VII - UN Security Council authorisation of resort to force and the right of self-defence.

The second area of International Law we refer to as the jus in bello, International Humanitarian Law, the Law of War or the Law of Armed Conflict (all basically synonymous terms). Here International Law purports to regulate the actual conduct of military hostilities insisting upon a distinction between combatants and civilians, imposing limits on the targeting of military objectives, prohibiting the use of particular weapons and establishing minimum standards of treatment for prisoners of war and civilians affected by armed conflict.

The focus of this course is the second area involving International Law and the regulation of military force. Some would argue that war, of all human activity, is no place for law - or that any notion that law might regulate military conduct is naive and deluded. The International Committee of the Red Cross, with its multilateral treaty mandate as the guardian of the Geneva Conventions, profoundly disagrees with such scepticism arguing that law can indeed moderate the conduct of military hostilities. If there were no rules in war, military hospitals would be bombed all the time instead of only some of the time! There is no question that the relatively recent sharp increase in war crimes trials around the world has led inexorably to a surge in awareness of International Humanitarian Law and, some would argue, increased respect for this body of law. Allegations of Israeli war crimes in Gaza or Sri Lankan Government war crimes on the Jaffna Peninsula are but some of the recent high-profile examples of media fascination with International Humanitarian Law.

WEIGHT: 12.5%

ASSESSMENT:

2000 word written assignment (30%); two hour open book examination (70%).

TEACHING PATTERN:

To be taught intensively in spring-summer period. Pre-reading required in December, with classes commencing in January.

FLEXIBLE & ONLINE STUDY OPTIONS
Note: Class attendance may still be required

   Web supported - H
Online access to some part of this unit online is optional
About Flexible Study Options

REQUISITE INFO
Prereq Either LAW631 AND LAW221,LAW222,LAW223,LAW224,LAW225,LAW226 LAW204,LAW205 OR LAW631 AND LAW250,LAW251 LAW252,LAW253,LAW254,LAW255,LAW256,LAW204

STAFF: Prof T McCormack

FEES
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