This course aims to provide an overview of international criminal law as a specific
branch of public international law. The focus is on modern international criminal
law, i.e. the law on aggression, genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes
as applied by international and national courts. Attention is paid to the jurisdiction
principles on the basis of which national courts can try individuals for international
crimes, to the establishment and procedure of the international criminal tribunals
(ICTY, ICTR, ICC), as well as to the definition of the four core crimes, namely
aggression, genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. The course is linked
to the research programme ‘securing the rule of law in a world of multilevel
Objectives of the course
This course aims to provide the student with a thorough knowledge of the goals and
substantive rules of international criminal law as a specific branch of public
The following achievement levels apply with regard to the course:
Knowledge: After successfully completing this course, the student has a thorough
knowledge of and insight into the existing legal framework of international criminal
law. The student has a profound knowledge of the specific rules and regulations that
were studied during the course and of the interrelationship between those rules.
Moreover, the student is well aware of the political and social context in which
these rules are applied.
Academic skills and attitude: After successfully completing this course, the student
is able to interpret and analyse the relevant literature and sources critically and to
present solutions for legal problems after thorough legal research. The student is
also trained to present these solutions both orally and written in a structured way.
The student is able to present his own opinion on relevant legal matters on the basis
of sound and convincing legal arguments and he/she has the ability to defend this
opinion in a legal debate. The students is also able to perform legal research
(collection of data and relevant literature, interpreting and analyzing the data and
literature, draw conclusions, evaluate and propose recommendations).h3. Timetable
The timetable of this course can be found on Blackboard.
Mode of instruction
Lectures and Seminars
More information to follow shortly
Other methods of instruction
The paper must be handed in during the course. The exact date is specified in the outline which is handed out in the first lecture of the course and will also be published on Blackboard.
Areas to be tested within the exam
The examination syllabus consists of the required reading (literature) for the course, the course information guide and the subjects taught in the lectures, the seminars and all other instructions which are part of the course.
More information on this course is offered on Blackboard.
Obligatory course materials
R. Cryer et al, International Criminal Law, 2nd ed. Cambridge 2010
Additional literature will be posted on blackboard
No Reader will be provided, but students can use the Blackstones International Law Documents, 10th Edition.
Further recommended literature:
A. Cassese, International Criminal Law, 3nd ed. Oxford 2013.
A. Zahar & G. Sluiter, International Criminal Law: A Critical Introduction, 2nd ed., Oxford 2008.
G. Werle, Principles of International Criminal Law, 2nd ed., The Hague 2009.
Students can gain a maximum of 100 points. These can be obtained through a paper (25%) and a written exam (75%). The book of Cryer and notes made during the lectures and seminars CANNOT be consulted during the exam, but students are allowed to bring the Blackstones.
Schedule of the oral exam to be announced.
Visit to the ICC A trip to the ICC, including a presentation by one of the judges of the ICC will be
organized during the course. Apply for participation as soon as possible. A list will
be circulated in one of the first lectures.
Register on Blackboard.
Co-ordinator: D. Jacobs
Work address: Kantoren Stichthage (The Hague)
Contact information: via email
Telephone number: 071-52777578 (secretary)
Institute: Public Law
Division: Public International Law
Room number secretariat: KOG, Office B1.21
Opening hours: 9.00-17.00 hrs
Telephone number secretariat: 071-5277578
Belangstellenden die deze cursus in het kader van contractonderwijs willen volgen (met tentamen), kunnen meer informatie vinden over kosten, inschrijving, voorwaarden, etc. op de website van Juridisch PAO.