|Online||Session 2||Session 2|
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.
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
- crimes against humanity
- war crimes
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.
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||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|4||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|
|5||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|
|6||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|
|7||describe and analyse available legal defences under ICL||Intellectual rigour||Creativity||Knowledge of a discipline|
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Teaching and assessment
|Structured online learning Self paced (12 weeks)|
|Exam: open book||60%|
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