Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject of study is an introduction to the theory and practice of the substance and procedure of international criminal law. The subject will cover major core international crimes including: genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes and the forms of individual criminal liability and command responsibility for these crimes. International criminal law will be taught using the case law and case studies from international courts including: the post WWII International Military Tribunals in Nuremberg and Tokyo; the ad hoc Tribunals relating to atrocities in Yugoslavia and Rwanda; the mixed tribunals dealing with crimes committed in Cambodia and East Timor and the Permanent International Criminal Court.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMaria Elander

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be enrolled in LMLC or LMGB or LMLGBL or LMLI or LMCL or LMIBL or LML or LMGBL or have permission of Law School.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Attendance to all classes is compulsory.


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsAn Intorduction to International Criminal Law and ProcedurePrescribedRobert Cryer et al (latest edition)Cambridge

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Be able to describe core international crimes and determine the outcome in fact based situation.

Lectures and problem solving activities.

02. Be able to describe the major principles of international law from international case law and case studies.

Team presentation/scenarios on International Criminal Law facilitated by lecturer.

03. Be able to describe the theory and practice of the substance and procedure of international criminal law.

Lectures and problem solving activities.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2017, Week 07-08, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMaria Elander

Class requirements

Lecture/Workshop Week: 07 - 08
Five 6.0 hours lecture/workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 07 to week 08 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
class exercises (2,000 word equivalent)30 01, 02, 03
one 4,000-word take-home examination70 01, 02, 03