Vorlesung: International Criminal Law



Daley Birkett



Vorlesung, 2 SWS, benoteter Schein, ECTS-Studium, ECTS-Credits: 6
für ERASMUS-/Austauschstudierende geeignet, Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Zeit und Ort: Do 14:00 - 16:00, WR400, R.03.19
vom 19.4.2018 bis zum 19.7.2018
Klausur/Prüfung: 12.7.2018, 14:00 - 16:00 Uhr, Raum WR400, R.03.19



This course is an introduction to international criminal law, a branch of public international law. The course will expose students to the prosecution, trial, and punishment of individuals alleged to have committed crimes considered to be among the most egregious violations of international humanitarian law and human rights law.
The objectives of this course are: 1) to provide an initial overview of the field of international criminal law; 2) to foster a clear understanding of the substantive and procedural aspects of international criminal law; 3) to analyse the efficacy of current and future judicial institutions in investigating, prosecuting, and deterring the commission of international crimes; and 4) to provide a foundation for those considering a career in international criminal law.
To achieve these objectives, the course will follow four substantive parts. The course will begin with a discussion of the sources of law that provide the basis for prosecution of international crimes and the fundamental principles governing international criminal law. Next, the course will provide a historical overview of the evolution of international criminal law, with particular emphasis placed on the trials at Nuremburg and Tokyo after World War II (Part I). The course will subsequently examine more closely the statutes and organisation of international criminal courts and tribunals: the ad hoc international and “hybrid” criminal courts and tribunals for the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Cambodia, and the International Criminal Court (Part II). The course will then turn to the substantive law, looking at the legal elements of the so-called “core” crimes in international criminal law, i.e. genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression (Part III). From there, the course will proceed with an analysis of procedural issues and the position of individuals, with discussion of the modes of criminal liability and grounds for excluding responsibility (Part IV). The course will conclude with a review class to discuss the future of international criminal law.


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