KDEC 9695 - International Criminal Law

This seminar course will provide students with an overview of the historical context for the emergence of international justice mechanisms since Nuremberg and Tokyo tribunals and will explore the main mechanisms to fight against impunity of international crimes at the international and domestic levels. It will cover the major themes of international criminal justice such as the general principles of criminal law, the principle of complementarity, extraterritorial jurisdiction, gender issues, victim's rights and reparation. The course will be taught from a practitioner's point of view taking specific cases to illustrate the current challenges facing international(ized) tribunals, with a focus on the International Criminal Court and domestic courts exercising jurisdiction over international crimes.
No prerequisite required however students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the fundamental principles of criminal law.
Autumn 2023-2024
Written contribution on an ICL emerging issue 50 %. Oral advocacy 30 %.Class participation and discussion 20 %.
The course combines classroom instruction and discussion, the study of notable cases, as well as student's oral and written presentation. Several external lawyers, human rights practitioners, and civil society representatives will be invited as guest speakers.
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Please note that some of the readings may be subject to change as the semester progresses - you can always find the up-to-date reading list for each class on Moodle.