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International Criminal Law


This course treats the foundations of international criminal law. It traces the historical evolution (e.g. the Nuremberg and Tokyo precedents), the objectives and the relevant legal sources of international criminal law. It distinguishes classical horizontal approaches (e.g. extradition, mutual legal assistance) from vertical international criminal law (e.g. law of international criminal courts and tribunals). It further studies the substantive crimes (genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, aggression) as well as general principles of international criminal law (modes of liability, grounds excluding criminal responsibility) and impediments to investigation and prosecution (e.g. immunities, amnesties), based on contemporary treaty-law and the international practice. The course is designed to develop a critical understanding of law and jurisprudence and will provide ample room for discussion, practical exercises and interaction with invited lecturers.

Study material: R. Cryer et al, An Introduction to International Criminal Law and Procedure (2010). Additional course materials will be provided by lecturer: Collection of statutory sources, cases and materials.

Course dates: Wednesday 13 October, 20 October, 27 October, 24 November and 1 December from 10:00-13:00 hrs, room SH01, Stichthage, Campus The Hague. Friday 5 November (room B041), Monday 8 and 15 November from 10:00-13:00 hrs, Leiden KOG, room B017.
Written examination on Friday 17 December 14:00-17:00 uur, room 403, Lange Houtstraat 5-7, The Hague