OnlineSession 2Session 2

Unit description

Examines the historical roots of International Criminal Law and the rules of international individual criminal responsibility.  Students will study a number of International crimes such as genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes using case studies to highlight the application of the facts to the law and the legal findings in a particular case.  The development and operation of the Nuremberg Tribunal and the structure and jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court will also be explored.

Unit content

Topic 1 - Introduction to International Criminal Law and its historical development prior to WWII

Topic 2 - International Prosecutions - from Nuremberg to the ad hoc tribunals and beyond

Topic 3 - The ICC

Topic 4 - Core international crimes - Part

  • genocide
  • crimes against humanity
  • GBV crimes

Topic 5 – Core International crimes – Part II

  • War crimes
  • Aggression

Topic 6 - Modes of liability

Topic 7 – Defences

Topic 8 - Victims and Witnesses

Topic 9 – National Prosecutions and Non – Prosecutorial alternatives

Topic 10 – The future of ICL


Learning outcomes

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Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • An e-book version is also available from Amazon: Robert Cryer, Darryl Robinson, and Sergey Vasiliev, 2019, An Introduction to International Criminal Law and Procedure , 4th, Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 9781108741613.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Structured online learning Self paced (12 weeks)
Exam: open book60%

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Fee information


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