Examines the rules of international individual criminal responsibility in the context of the most heinous crimes of the modern era, including the main international crimes committed during the Nazi regime, the Apartheid era in South Africa, the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia, the wars in former Yugoslavia during the 1990s, and the practices of the military rulers in Burma. The extent, consistency, adequacy and variety of the international community's response will be critically analysed. The issues concerning the creation of a permanent International Criminal Court will also be explored.
Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.
Learning outcomes and graduate attributes
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||identify and outline the historical, social and political context of the events surrounding the crimes studied throughout this unit||Knowledge of a discipline|
|2||demonstrate an awareness of the concept of individual international criminal responsibility and the rules of international criminal law||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|3||describe and analyse the main legal issues in respect of the international crimes studied during this unit, and the main possible legal defences to these crimes, and apply the definitions of these international crimes and defences to specific fact situations||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|4||critically evaluate the role of the legal system and the moral responsibility of lawyers and judges when the state itself acts in a criminal manner||Intellectual rigour||Creativity||Knowledge of a discipline|
|5||critically analyse the extent, consistency and adequacy of the international community's response to such crimes, and compare and contrast the variety of these responses||Intellectual rigour||Creativity||Knowledge of a discipline|
|6||analyse the concept of a permanent International Criminal Court, and the various legal and non-legal issues surrounding its establishment||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|7||demonstrate an ability to conduct research in the field of international criminal justice, and enhance their skills in legal research, critical analysis and the written presentation of research and argument.||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
- Ratner,S, Abrams, J & Bischoff, J, 2009, Accountability for Human Rights Atrocities in International Law: Beyond the Nuremberg Legacy, 3rd edn, Oxford University Press, Oxford. ISBN: 978-0-19-954667.
Teaching and assessment
|Structured online learning 1 hour (12 weeks)|
|Exam: open book||50%|
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