INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL LAW & POLICY
(LAWG-4054) - 3 UNITS
International criminal law is among the most rapidly growing areas of international law. A flurry of new international and national institutions to administer international criminal justice is generating a strong demand for young legal professionals. This course covers the foundations of international criminal law as well as current issues.
We will begin with an overview of the notion of international crimes (i.e. war crimes, crimes against humanity, crime of aggression and genocide), the fundamental principles of international criminal law and the sources of that law. Subsequently, the course will focus on the substantive legal elements of international crimes.
In addition to covering the development of substantive international criminal law, the course will trace the development of an international criminal procedure. Specific issues to be explored include the efficacy of international criminal jurisdictions; how international criminal jurisdiction strive to uphold international due process standards; the development of a consistent body of international criminal law jurisprudence; the relationship of international criminal jurisdictions to prosecution of international crimes by national courts; alternative mechanisms, including truth and reconciliation commissions; State responsibility for international crimes; and the future of international criminal law.
The course will consider the Nuremberg and Tokyo trials in the aftermath of World War II and the multiplication, post-Cold War, of international and hybrid criminal courts and tribunals for prosecuting atrocities committed in the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Cambodia, East Timor and Lebanon, among other places, as well as the International Criminal Court.
Guest speakers will include judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys, and registry staff, from selected international criminal courts and tribunals.