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LAW4184 - International criminal law 406

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Law


Not offered in 2007


Students will be introduced to individual criminal responsibility in international law. The distinction between international and transnational crimes will be explored. The history and development of international criminal law, its codification and implementation by applicable municipal and international institutions examined. Specific international crimes will be considered and illustrated by examples and case law, including war crimes, genocide, terrorism, money laundering, drug trafficking and piracy. Jurisdiction and extradition problems will also be analysed. Finally the Rome Statute, the International Criminal Court and future directions of international criminal law will be studied.


  1. To understand the basic principles of international criminal law and be able to evaluate the doctrines and processes that have developed in terms of those principles;
  2. To analyse and interpret key documents which codify and illustrate international criminal law;
  3. To understand how international criminal law is developed and implemented by applicable institutions; and
  4. To demonstrate developed legal research, writing, argument and problem solving skills in relation to international criminal law.


Research assignment (3000 words): 40%
Examination (2 hours writing time plus 30 minutes reading and noting time): 60% OR Examination (3 hours writing time plus 30 minutes reading and noting time): 100%

Contact hours

Three hours of lectures per week


LAW1100 or LAW1101 and LAW1102 or LAW1104; LAW3300 or LAW3301 and LAW3302