Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.
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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
3 hours x 12 seminars.
Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
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The Melbourne Law School welcomes applications from students with disabilities. It is University and Law School policy to take all reasonable steps to enable the participation of students with disabilities, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student’s participation in the School’s programs.
The inherent academic requirements for the study in the Melbourne Law School are:
Students must possess behavioural and social attributes that enable them to participate in a complex learning environment. Students are required to take responsibility for their own participation and learning. They also contribute to the learning of other students in collaborative learning environments, demonstrating interpersonal skills and an understanding of the needs of other students. Assessment may include the outcomes of tasks completed in collaboration with other students.
Students who feel their disability will prevent them from participating in tasks involving these inherent academic requirements are encouraged to contact the Disability Liaison Unit: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/.
CoordinatorAssoc Prof Kevin Heller
Melbourne Law School Student Centre
Tel: +61 3 8344 4475
This subject will provide a comprehensive overview of the emerging discipline of international criminal law. The discipline will be approached historically, theoretically, and critically. First, the subject will examine the historical origins of the fundamental principle of international criminal law – individual criminal responsibility – and trace the evolution of the international criminal tribunals that apply that principle. Second, the subject will explain the core theoretical assumptions of the subject, focusing in particular on the rationales for punishment (retribution, creating a historical record, promoting peace and reconciliation, etc.) and for the creation and operation of international criminal tribunals. Third, the subject will take a critical look at the discipline’s core theoretical assumptions, asking whether alternatives to international trials might better achieve the discipline’s stated goals.
Principal topics in the subject include:
This subject will focus on individual accountability for war crimes, crimes against humanity and acts of genocide, including both the substantive law providing for such responsibility and the range of mechanisms available for holding individuals accountable. A student who has successfully completed this subject will have advanced and integrated understanding of, and the ability to critically engage with and reflect on, the body of knowledge associated with international criminal law. In particular, the student will:
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Specialist printed materials will be made available from Melbourne Law School.
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This subject is not available as a breadth subject.
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This subject will build upon the research skills already developed within the JD program. On completion of the subject, students will have critically analysed at least one specific instance or example of the complexity of the international criminal law as a discipline. A student who has successfully completed this subject will thus have the expert and specialized cognitive and technical skills necessary for practice and/or research in international criminal law. In particular, the student will have:
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