International Criminal Law


Higher postgraduate course, second semester.

Course convener(s): Dr Hannah Woolaver

Entrance requirements: See Rules for LLM and MPhil Degrees and Postgraduate Diplomas. Successful completion of courses in public international law, and substantive criminal law from any legal tradition. The course convener may make exceptions to this rule for students who demonstrate sufficient understanding of the principles of international law and criminal law.

Course outline: This course provides an introduction to specialist studies in international criminal law, that is, the body of law regulating individual criminal responsibility under international law. The course covers the history and development of international criminal law and the establishment, jurisdiction and activities of the International Criminal Court, international and internationalised criminal tribunals. Attention is given to the material, mental and contextual elements of the three ‘core crimes' - genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes - as well as the legal requirements of relevant modes of liability, general principles of international criminal law, procedure, complementarity and cooperation in international criminal matters and selected conceptual and institutional critiques of the international criminal justice ‘project'. To benefit from this course, students will require a background in either international or criminal law, and are expected to participate fully in seminars and to read, understand and critically assess intrinsically complex and lengthy source materials.

DP requirements: Satisfactory attendance at weekly seminars.

Assessment: Seminar essays 40%; written examination 50% and in-class presentation 10%.