LAW 2563 - International Humanitarian Law and Advocacy

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2017

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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    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 Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Dale Stephens

    Course Staff
    Professor Dale Stephens (Course Coordinator)
    Location: Room 2.17, Ligertwood Building
    Telephone: 8313 5937
    Email: dale.stephens@adelaide.edu.au
    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


    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1. To undertake legal research at a high level of complexity.
    2. Effectively structure and articulate written legal arguments.
    3. Deploy advanced skills in statutory interpretation to resolve complex legal problems.
    4. Analyse a complex factual scenario and identify the relevant legal issues.
    5. Articulate complex legal arguments orally.
    6. 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
    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
    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
    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
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Competition rules, advocacy problems and associated materials will be available for purchase from the Image and Copy Centre and, additionally, posted on MyUni.
    Recommended Resources
    J 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 Learning
    Supplementary 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 Modes
    Seminars 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.
    Workload

    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

    Week 1

    International Law Structure, International Legal reasoning, Jus Ad Bellum and Jus In Bello, Customary International Law and subsidiary sources.

    Week 2

    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.  

    Week 3

    Principle of Distinction and Proportionality; Precautionary Principle.

    Week 4

    Direct Participation in Hostilities, PW status, International Criminal Law, Individual and Personal Liability, Defences.

    Week 5

    Weapons Systems & Prohibitions; Art. 36 Review

    Week 6

    Cultural Property, ROE, Human Rights and IHL

    Week 7

    Practice Moot

    Review and writing of a judgement

    Week 8

    Moot (Assessment)

    Strategic Space Law/Cyber Operations

    Week 9

    Moot (Assessment)

    Law of Naval Warfare/Law of Air Warfare

    Week 10

    Moot –Semi Final

    Critical Approaches to LOAC

    Week 11

    Moot – Grand Final

    International Law and Military Decision Making

    Week 12

    Review – Principal Warfare Officer

    Review – Principal Warfare Officer

    Specific Course Requirements
    Students are encouraged to attend each seminar. There will be no recording of seminars.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

    5.1  Assessment Summary – Advocacy Stream

    Assessment    Item

    % of Final Mark

    Dates

    Length

    Learning Objectives

    Memorial

    (Averaged)

    20%

     

    Ongoing

    4 to 5 page submission excluding citations and bibliography

    1,2,3,4

    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)

    70%

    Weeks 8 and 9

    30 mins each

    5,6,7,8

    5.2  ASSESSMENT SUMMARY – GENERAL STREAM

    Assessment    Item

    % of Final Mark

    Dates

    Length

    Learning Objectives

    Written Opinion/Judgment

    20%

     

    Beginning of Week 10, Monday 5,00pm

    2 to 4 page opinion on observed moot

    1,2,3,4

    Quiz 1 (online)

    5%

    Fridayof Week 3, 5.00pm

    10 Questions

    1,3

    Quiz 2 (online)

    5%

    Friday of Week 6, 5.00pm

    10 Questions

    1,3

    Essay

    70%

    Friday of Week 12, 5.00pm 

    3000 words

    1,2,3,4,5,9

    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students are encouraged to attend each seminar. There will be no recording of seminars.
    Assessment Detail

    Assessment detail will be available via MyUni.

    Detailed grade descriptors for this course are below:

     

    High Distinction

    (85-100)

    Distinction

    (75-84)

    Credit

    (65-74)

    Pass

    (50-64)

    FAIL

    (0 - 49)

    Outstanding or exceptional work - understanding, interpretation, presentation & originality

    A very high standard of work which demonstrates originality and insight

    Demonstrates a high level of understanding and presentation.

    Basic understanding

    Fails to demonstrate basic  understanding.

    Strong evidence of independent reading beyond core texts and materials

    Evidence of reading beyond core texts and materials

    Thorough understanding of core texts and materials

    Evidence of having read core texts and materials

    Little evidence of having read core texts and materials

    Demonstrates insight, awareness and understanding of deeper and more subtle aspects of the topic.

    Evidence of an awareness and understanding of deeper and more subtle aspects of the topic

    Sound knowledge of principles and concepts

    Knowledge of principles and concepts at least adequate to communicate intelligently.

    Little knowledge of principles and concepts.

     

     

    Submission
    All 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.
    Course Grading

    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.

    Approval of Results by Board of Examiners
    Students 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 Acess Adelaide at the end of each semester.
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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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    The centre offers practical advice and strategies for students to master reading, writing, note-taking, time management, oral presentation skills, referencing techniques and exam preparation for success at university through seminars, workshops and individual consultations.

    For more information please check out the Writing Centre website at http://www.adelaide.edu.au/writingcentre/  

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    This section contains links to relevant assessment-related policies and guidelines - all university policies.

    Further information regarding the Law School Policies and Procedures in relation to Supplementary Assessment, Extensions, and Remarks etc can be found at:

    https://unified.adelaide.edu.au/group/law-school/policies-and-procedures

    Plagiarism and other forms of cheating

    Plagiarism is a serious act of academic misconduct. All students must be familiar with the Adelaide Law School Enrolment Guide 2014, and should note in particular the sections relating to plagiarism, grievance procedures and academic conduct within the Law School and the University.

    Plagiarism is a serious matter and is treated as such by the Law School and the University. Please be aware that “academic dishonesty” (which goes beyond plagiarism) can be a ground for a refusal by the Supreme Court of South Australia to refuse to admit a person to practice as a legal practitioner in South Australia.

    Academic honesty is an essential aspect of ethical and honest behaviour, which is central to the practice of the law and an understanding of what it is to be a lawyer.

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