LW805-7-AU-CO:
International Criminal Law

The details
2023/24
Essex Law School
Colchester Campus
Autumn
Postgraduate: Level 7
Current
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 15 December 2023
15
19 October 2023

 

Requisites for this module
(none)
(none)
(none)
(none)

 

LW809

Key module for

LLM M21E12 International Criminal Law

Module description

This module provides an in-depth overview of international criminal law, an increasingly significant part of public international law.

It highlights the interfaces between international criminal law and other branches of public international law, as well as international criminal law and domestic and transnational criminal law.

Students are introduced to foundational concepts and principles of international criminal law, along with the conceptual and practical significance of individual criminal responsibility, and the institutional framework and law of international criminal courts and tribunals. In addition to substantive law, such as genocide and crimes against humanity, the course will also cover the general principles of accountability along with defences and immunities.

The course also consider procedural capacity and the role of domestic courts in relation to the prosecution of international crimes, which involves questions of jurisdictional competence, extradition and surrender.

Module aims

1. Students will have acquired a good understanding of the foundational concepts and principles of international criminal law, including the international rules on domestic criminal jurisdiction, the phenomenon of individual criminal responsibility, and the international institutional framework in place with respect to the suppression of international crimes.
2. Students will obtain a clear understanding of generalist sources of public international law, which are applicable to crimes under international law.
3. Students will study the substantive law of international crimes, along with the general principles of international criminal law such as principles of accountability, and grounds excluding criminal liability
4. Students will understand the procedural aspects of the investigation and prosecution of international crimes, and the roles of key parties in proceedings.
5. Students will be able to develop their legal reasoning with respect to doctrine and practice of international criminal law.

Module learning outcomes

1. Students will have acquired a good understanding of the foundational concepts and principles of international criminal law, including the international rules on domestic criminal jurisdiction, the phenomenon of individual criminal responsibility, and the international institutional framework in place with respect to the suppression of international crimes.
2. Students will obtain a clear understanding of generalist sources of public international law, which are applicable to crimes under international law.
3. Students will study the substantive law of international crimes, along with the general principles of international criminal law such as principles of accountability, and grounds excluding criminal liability
4. Students will understand the procedural aspects of the investigation and prosecution of international crimes, and the roles of key parties in proceedings.
5. Students will be able to develop their legal reasoning with respect to doctrine and practice of international criminal law.

Module information

Indicative Syllabus:

1. Foundations of international criminal law
2. Modes of responsibility
3. Key Actors (Prosecution; Defence; Victims; States)
4. War Crimes and Aggression
5. Crimes Against Humanity
6. Genocide
7. National Implementation of International Criminal Law
8. Extradition and Surrender
9. Obstacles to Criminal Responsibility: Immunities and Selected Defences

Learning and teaching methods

This module is taught via weekly seminars. The reading materials are available on Moodle and can also be accessed by the TALIS reading list for this module. Students are expected to have read the compulsory readings ahead of seminar, to ensure interactivity and enliven to discussions.

Bibliography

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course.
The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students.
Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   LW805-7-AU Summative Essay    100% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Antonio Coco, email: antonio.coco@essex.ac.uk.
Law Education Office, pgtlawqueries@essex.ac.uk

 

Availability
No
No
Yes

External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 18 hours, 14 (77.8%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
4 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.

 

Further information
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