LAWS6219 - International Criminal Law


  • Examine how hybrid or internationalised criminal courts use the rule of law to help stop the cycle of impunity for perpetrators of mass atrocities.
  • Examine both substantive and procedural international criminal law using cases before the international courts and tribunals.
  • Gain an overall understanding of international criminal law, as well as exposure to some of the interesting issues confronting the international criminal courts and tribunals today.


The elements of genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity (including crimes of sexual and gender violence) and terrorism; modes of liability and defences; international criminal procedures from the investigation through to the pre-trial, trial, sentencing and appeal stages; the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY); the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR); the multilateral treaty establishing the permanent International Criminal Court in 1998.


Semester 2 Intensive
- 3 July 2014 (4:00PM-7:00PM)
- 4 July 2014 (4:00PM-8:00PM)
- 5 July 2014 (10:00AM-2:00PM)
- 7 July 2014 (4:00PM-7:00PM)
- 10 July 2014 (4:00PM-7:00PM)
- 11 July 2014 (4:00PM-8:00PM)
- 12 July 2014 (10:00AM-3:00PM)

The timetable is subject to frequent changes. Please refer to the latest version of the Postgraduate Timetable.


  • Class participation (10%)
  • 1 x Take-Home Exam on hypothetical and practical question solving (40%)
  • 1 x Exam (July) & 4000 Word Essay (50%)

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

You can credit this unit towards Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Units of study that are part of Sydney Law School’s Postgraduate Program meet the necessary Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) of the Law Society of New South Wales and the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements of the New South Wales Bar Association. You may complete this unit of study by enrolling on a non-degree basis or on an audit basis only with no assessment via Single Unit Study.

Courses this unit is available in

Master of Laws | Graduate Diploma in Law | Master of Global Law | Master of International Law | Graduate Diploma in International Law