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 - Historical roots of International Criminal Law

Topic 2 - The development and operation of the Nuremberg Tribunal, the ad hoc tribunals and the ICC

Topic 3 -  The Structure of the ICC, its jurisdiction and powers of the Prosecutor

Topic 4 - International crimes and their requisite elements

- genocide

- crimes against humanity

- war crimes

- aggression

Topic 5 - Modes of liability and potential defences before the ICC


Topic 6 - The application of International Criminal Law in domestic criminal courts (examples of Syrian cases in Spanish and German courts, Liberian accused before Swiss and Belgium courts); and

Topic 7 - Future directions of the development and application of International Criminal Law – the ICC as the court of last resort and the future of ICL being domestic courts.

Learning outcomes

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Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

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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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