Course ObjectiveThis course provides students with an introduction into international
criminal law, i.e. the law of supranational courts such as the
International Criminal Court (ICC), and the ad hoc Tribunals for the
former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. The course addresses both the core
substantive and the procedural aspects of international criminal law. At
the end of the course, students will have learnt about legal issues that
lie at the heart of the international criminal justice system. They will
also have insights into the (practical) challenges faced by
international criminal courts and will be able to critically assess the
ways in which the courts have approached these challenges, as well as
develop the ability to apply concepts of international criminal law in
practice. Moreover, by using comparative approach, this course also
provides students with a better understanding of their own national
criminal justice system.
Course ContentThe topics that will be covered in this course include:
1. History of international criminal justice;
2. Institutional structure of the ad hoc Tribunals for the former
Yugoslavia (ICTY) and Rwanda (ICTR), the International Criminal Court
(ICC), and the "mixed Tribunals";
3. Sources of international criminal law;
4. Substantive law: elements of crimes, criminal responsibility of
(military and civilian) superiors, grounds for excluding liability;
5. International criminal procedure: phases of international criminal
procedure, evidentiary rules, fact-finding impediments, fair trial
6. Prosecution of international crimes before national courts;
7. Concurrence of jurisdiction between states and international criminal
courts and tribunals (primacy versus complementarity);
8. Victims in international criminal procedure.
During the tutorials, students will also be taught how to apply the
legal concepts discussed in the preceding lectures to complex factual
circumstances of (fictional) cases. They would thus learn to view the
law from the perspective of judges, prosecutors and defense lawyers, and
develop their legal reasoning skills.
Teaching MethodsThis course consists of lectures, interactive tutorials, and e-lectures.
Students are expected to participate actively in the discussions during
the classes and to think critically about the challenges that
international criminal justice faces. The e-lectures provide basic
information about a number of core legal issues (e.g. jurisdiction) that
students should be familiar with before attending the classes.
Method of AssessmentWritten exam and interim assignments
LiteratureD. Guilfoyle, International Criminal Law (Oxford University Press,
2016). The course guide will list additional reading material that is
available through online databases.
Target AudienceApart from regular students, the course is also available for:
Students from other universities/faculties;
Contractor (students who pay for one course).
Courses from a master at the faculty can only be taken as a secondary
course if you have a diploma that gives access to the relevant master/
specialization and if you are enrolled in a master.
|Language of Tuition||English|
|Faculty||Faculty of Law|
|Course Coordinator||dr. L.D. Yanev|
|Examiner||dr. L.D. Yanev|
mr. L.A.M. Karels
M. Cupido LLM
dr. L.D. Yanev
mr. F. Anzovino
You need to register for this course yourself
|Teaching Methods||Lecture, Study Group|
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