LAW 2563 - International Humanitarian Law and Advocacy
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2019
General Course Information
Course Code LAW 2563 Course International Humanitarian Law and Advocacy Coordinating Unit Adelaide Law School Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Law (LLB) Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Assumed Knowledge LAW 1508 Restrictions Available to LLB students only. No restriction to enrolment, but Advocacy/Moot Team by selection only Course Description International Humanitarian Law (IHL), also known as the Law of Armed Conflict, is a set of rules that seeks to balance military priorities when engaging in armed conflict with humanitarian concern for those who are impacted by such operations. This body of law comprises at its core the four 1949 Geneva Conventions and the three 1977 Additional Protocols, as well as a myriad of associated treaty and customary international law that dates back to the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. After decades of promise, International Criminal Law has now found its place as a vibrant and entrenched part of the international legal panoply. The liberal dream of harnessing law's power and authority to restrain and criminalize aberrant violence has been realized. There is now a cascade of International Courts and Tribunals dispensing justice routinely and assigning legal culpability to individuals who have breached the growing body of application law. This course will examine both substantive IHL and the emerging principles of international criminal law that seeks to criminalise aberrant behaviour on the battlefield. Specific topics to be covered include:- dichotomy between the rules applicable to resort to force (jus ad bellum) and the rules applicable when engaging in armed conflict (jus in bello);- the rules of distinction and proportionality;- the intersection with international human rights law;- the domestic legal incorporation of IHL;- the normative interplay between law applicable to international and non-international armed conflict;- the role of ethical/moral values when advising military command on the application of the law in the battlefield and principles of international criminal law relating to individual and command responsibility.
Course Coordinator: Professor Dale StephensCourse Staff
Professor Dale Stephens (Course Coordinator)
Location: Room 2.17, Ligertwood Building
Telephone: 8313 5937
Consultation: By Appointment via email.
Please check your student email as course-related announcements are communicated via email. Course Website: www.myuni.adelaide.edu.au
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Undertake legal research at a high level of complexity.
- Effectively structure and articulate written legal arguments.
- Deploy advanced skills in statutory interpretation to resolve complex legal problems.
- Analyse a complex factual scenario and identify the relevant legal issues.
- Articulate complex legal arguments orally.
- Identify and evaluate relevant ethical and moral issues in legal situations.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
3,4 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
2,5 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
6,5 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
6 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Required ResourcesCompetition rules, advocacy problems and associated materials will be available for purchase from the Image and Copy Centre and, additionally, posted on MyUni.
Recommended ResourcesJ Snape & G Watt, How to Moot: A Student’s Guide to Mooting (2nd ed, Oxford 2010)
Christopher Kee, The Art of Argumentation: A Guide to Mooting (Cambridge 2006)
Online LearningSupplementary materials and resources will be available on MyUni. Students are expected to access MyUni during semester for regular updates. https://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/webapps/login/
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesSeminars will be conducted on a weekly basis and additional oral mooting presentations will be arranged as required. Seminars will involve the analysis of the legal issues arising in moot problems and the preparation of written and oral submissions.
All Students are eligible to enrol in this course, although the Advocacy/Moot aspect of the course will comprise up to 24 students by selection. Hence after week 6, the course will comprise two streams – a general stream and an advocacy stream. Participants in the advocacy stream will participate as members of a moot team(s) of 2 students. Participation in both the general stream and the advocacy stream will enable students to acquire and develop skills in the research and presentation of legal arguments relating to the Law of Armed Conflict. Whereas the students in the Advocacy stream will focus upon oral skills, students in the general stream will undertake a more critical examination of the law and its underlying methodologies and assumptions.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.It is expected that full-time students (i.e. those taking 12 units per semester) will devote a total of 48 hours per week to their studies during term time; therefore, this course will require students to devote 12 hours of contact and non-contact study per week. There will be 3 seminar contact hours per week. Students are expected to attend all seminars throughout the semester unless an absence is excused due to illness or compassionate reasons are provided.
Learning Activities Summary
International Law Structure, International Legal reasoning, Jus Ad Bellum and Jus In Bello, Customary International Law and subsidiary sources.
IHL Framework – Overview, Geneva Conventions & Hague Law, Means & Methods of Warfare, Definition of Armed Conflict, Distinction between International and Non-International Armed Conflict, Principles of Military Necessity and Humanity, Definitions of attack, civilian population, reprisals etc.
Principle of Distinction and Proportionality; Precautionary Principle.
Direct Participation in Hostilities, PW status, International Criminal Law, Individual and Personal Liability, Defences.
Weapons Systems & Prohibitions; Art. 36 Review
Cultural Property, ROE, Human Rights and IHL
Review and writing of a judgement
Strategic Space Law/Cyber Operations
Law of Naval Warfare/Law of Air Warfare
Moot –Semi Final
Critical Approaches to LOAC
Moot – Grand Final
International Law and Military Decision Making
Review – Principal Warfare Officer
Review – Principal Warfare Officer
Specific Course RequirementsStudents are encouraged to attend each seminar. There will be no recording of seminars.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
5.1 Assessment Summary – Advocacy Stream
Assessment Task Weighting Due Task Details (Group or Individual) Redeemable (Yes/No) Length Learning Outcome
Group (Individual can opt out)
4 to 5 page submission excluding citations and bibliography
1-4 Quiz 1 (online) 5%
Friday of Week 3, 5.00pm
10 Questions 1,3 Quiz 2 (online) 5%
Friday of Week 6, 5.00pm
10 Questions 1,3
Oral Moot Presentations (Averaged)
Weeks 8 and 9
30 mins each
5.2 ASSESSMENT SUMMARY – GENERAL STREAM
Assessment Task Weighting Due Task Details (Group or Individual) Redeemable YES/NO Length Learning Outcome Written Opinion/Judgment 30%
Beginning of Week 10, Monday 5,00pm
1500 words 1,2,3,4 Quiz 1 (online) 5% Fridayof Week 3, 5.00pm Individual
10 Questions 1,3 Quiz 2 (online) 5% Friday of Week 6, 5.00pm
10 Questions 1,3 Essay 60% Friday of Week 12, 5.00pm
4000 words 1,2,3,4,5
The course is a common one for the first 6 weeks. All students will undertake the same quiz assessment. At the half way mark, students will split into a general research stream and an advocacy stream.
The General Research stream will attend one of the Moots that the advocacy stream is undertaking and will write a 1500 word judgment having regard to the arguments they hear in relation to the moot problem. They will then undertake a more intensive anlaysis of an issue or issues that have arisen in this course to construct their research paper. This paper may take a practical or theoretical approach to a topic of IHL.
Advocacy students wil undertake a series of moot trials and will be judged principally on their advocacy skills during the conduct of those moot trials. No team will have the same judge twice during the premilnary rounds. The assessment will be broadly based on the scoring that will apply as if they were representing Adelaide Uni at the ALSA IHL moot competition (which the winning team will actually do). Their final mark will also draw on the average of their written memorials submitted during the course of the moot trials.
SubmissionAll written work in the Law School is required to comply with the approved Law School style guide, The Australian Guide to Legal Citation (3rd ed).
Unless otherwise required by moot competition rules all written assignments must be printed single-sided on A4 size paper, double spaced and with a margin of at least 2.5cm. Assessment work that is not submitted in this form either may not be accepted or be required to be resubmitted in appropriate form.
Penalty for Late Submission
When an assessment is submitted after the due date, without an extension, 5% of the total mark possible will be deducted for every 24 hours or part thereof that it is late, including each day on a weekend and public holidays. For example, an essay that is submitted after the due date and time but within the first 24 hour period, and that has been graded at 63%, will have 5% deducted, for a final grade of 58%. An essay that is more than 24 hours late will lose 10%, etc.
Penalty for Exceeding Stipulated Word Length
5% of the total mark possible for a written assessment will be deducted for every 100 words (or part thereof) by which it exceeds a stipulated word limit. For example, a 3000 word essay graded at 63% will have 5% deducted if it is between 3001 and 3100 words long for a final mark of 58%. If the essay is between 3101 and 3200 words long, 10% will be deducted for a final mark of 53%, etc. Word limits include all words in the text, in headings, in quotations, but exclude citations in footnotes. Any separate cover page, table of contents, bibliography or list of sources is excluded from the word limit. If the word limit is misstated, this may be regarded as academic dishonesty.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.
Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.A grade of conceded pass may not be presented towards the degree requirements for the Bachelor of Laws or the Honours Degree of Bachelor of Laws programs, or any postgraduate law program, nor to satisfy prerequisite requirements within any law course.
Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/student/exams/results.html
Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level (see: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/700/ )
Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide (https://access.adelaide.edu.au/sa/login.asp)
Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.
Finality of Assessment Grades
Students are advised that Course Coordinators will not enter into negotiations of any kind with any student regarding changes to their grades. It is irrelevant, in any given circumstance, that only a minimal number of additional marks are required to inflate a student’s grade for any individual assessment item or course as a whole. Pursuant to the University’s Assessment for Coursework Programs Policyand the Adelaide Law School Assessment Policies and Procedures, grades may only be varied through the appropriate channels for academic review (such as an official re-mark).
ModerationIn accordance with the University’s Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy, course coordinators ‘ensure that appropriate marking guidelines and cross-marking moderation processes across markers are in place’ in each course. Procedures adopted by Adelaide Law School to ensure consistency of marking in courses with multiple markers include:
- assurance of the qualifications of markers, and their knowledge of the content covered in each course;
- detailed marking guidelines and assessment rubrics to assist in the marking of items of assessment;
- sharing of example marked assessments at various grade bands across markers;
- reviewing of selected marked assessments from each marker by the course coordinator;
- comparison of the marks and their distribution across markers;
- automatic double-marking of all interim assessment receiving a fail grade, and of final assessments where a student’s overall result is a fail grade;
- the availability of re-marking of assessments in accordance with Adelaide Law School’s Assessment Policies and Procedures.
Approval of Results by Board of ExaminersStudents are reminded that all assessment results are subject to approval (and possible moderation/change) by the Law School’s Board of Examiners. Assessment results at the University are not scaled. Under the Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy, students are assessed ‘by reference to their performance against pre-determined criteria and standards … and not by ranking against the performance of the student cohort in the course’. However, under that same policy, the Board of Examiners (as the relevant Assessment Review Committee for courses at Adelaide Law School) is required to ‘ensure comparability of standards and consistency’ in assessment. On occasions, the Board of Examiners will form the view that some moderation is required to ensure the comparability of standards and consistency across courses and years, and accordingly provide fairness to all law students. All assessment results are therefore subject to approval (and possible change) until confirmed by the Board of Examiners and posted on Access Adelaide at the end of each semester.
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- Academic Credit Arrangement Policy
- Academic Honesty Policy
- Academic Progress by Coursework Students Policy
- Assessment for Coursework Programs
- Copyright Compliance Policy
- Coursework Academic Programs Policy
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- Intellectual Property Policy
- IT Acceptable Use and Security Policy
- Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment
- Student Experience of Learning and Teaching Policy
- Student Grievance Resolution Process
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