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LAW8558 : International Criminal Law (Inactive)

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

This module aims to give students:

- comprehensive knowledge and understanding of how international criminal law evolved, particularly in the post-World War II era;

- an understanding of the substantive law according to which an individual may be held criminally responsible for serious violations of international law such as war crimes and crimes against humanity;

- the ability to critically assess the role of State immunities, amnesties and defences (i.e. superior orders) in international criminal law;

- in-depth analysis of the existing international judicial mechanisms available for the punishment of individuals responsible for international crimes and to critically assess their strengths and weaknesses.


The first part of the module will focus on substantive law, i.e. what constitutes an international crime, what is the applicable law and what is the role of State immunities, amnesties and defences for the prosecution of international crimes. The second part will focus predominantly on the international judicial mechanisms for the prosecution of international crimes, such as the International Criminal Court, the two ad hoc International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda and the Special Court for Sierra Leone.

The module will enhance students’ ability to conduct independent research, to engage in critical legal thinking and to develop and present well-formulated and well-substantiated legal arguments.

Outline Of Syllabus

• Introduction: Nature of International Criminal Law
• War Crimes
• Crimes Against Humanity
• Genocide
• Aggression
• Amnesties – Immunities – Defences
• The Ad Hoc International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda
• The International Criminal Court
• Other hybrid tribunals such as the Special Court for Sierra Leone

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

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