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LAW8706 International Humanitarian Law

Short Description: International Humanitarian Law
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Law and Justice
Student contribution band : Band 3
ASCED code : 090909 - International Law
Grading basis : Graded


Pre-requisite: (LAW5111 and LAW5112) or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: LLBH or LLMC

Other requisites

Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at


It is important for those acquiring the skills of lawyers to understand that the law is part of the social fabric and reflects the views and values not only of the society in which it operates but the wider international community. This course is aimed to introduce students to international obligations and their application domestically in relation to armed conflicts. Consideration of core fundamental principles such as distinction, humanity, proportionality and military necessity will be addressed. A comparative element between Australia and other jurisdictions such as the US and UK will occur.

Students outcomes will deliver the skills necessary to discuss and debate through written communication the key legal concepts that relate to legal principles surrounding both `jus ad bellum': the legal constraints on going to war, and `jus in bello': the limits imposed by law once armed conflict exists. Students will achieve practical skills in producing research and a potential outcome will be delivery of a publishable journal article and a keen understanding of the research process.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 3, 2020 Online
Date printed 12 February 2021