October 2017 - June 2018
Application start 1 March 2017
Application end 5 October 2017
What are international crimes? Who can be held accountable for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide? Can heads of state be prosecuted for those crimes? How do we address impunity? This course aims to give students a solid understanding of the major issues in international criminal law (ICL). It deals briefly with the birth and evolution of ICL as a branch of public international law with a focus on institutions, sources and fundamental principles. Subsequent lectures examine core crimes (e.g. genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes) and the crime of aggression, before turning to various forms of individual criminal responsibility and the question of immunities of state officials. The last class addresses ICL enforcement methods, in particular the role of international tribunals and national criminal jurisdictions in repressing international crimes.
What does international law say about terrorism and its repression? How do we investigate terrorist acts? What limits are imposed by international humanitarian law and human rights on the repression of terrorism? What is the human rights impact of the fight against terrorism? The course analyzes issues related to the fight against terrorism from a criminal law perspective, including the definition of the crime of terrorism, methods of investigation, procedural specificities and international cooperation. The relations between international, criminal law and other legal instruments, including their impact on human rights, are also discussed.
What is the impact of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on the fight against impunity? What is the role of its Prosecutor? What is the ICC’s case law regarding genocide and crimes against humanity? How does it deal with amnesties and truth commissions? This course examines the role and activities of the ICC. It addresses questions related to its jurisdiction, structures and procedural regime and provides an introduction to the major debates about interpretation of the ICC Statute.