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.
ASSESSMENT: Open book 2 hour exam (70%), 2000 word assignment (30%)
The unit is taught as an intensive in spring-summer semester period.
FLEXIBLE & ONLINE STUDY OPTIONS Note: Class attendance may still be required
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