Core courses are mandatory. They are structured in six clusters that cover central theoretical and practical issues in the fields of transitional justice, human rights and the rule of law.
Criminal justice is an important component of transitional justice. It involves the identification of individual perpetrators and their punishment, generally by significant periods of detention. This course addresses the aims and functioning of criminal justice, with a special focus on actors and institutions at the international level. In exploring the theoretical and practical dimensions of criminal justice, the course critically examines its place in transitional justice processes as well as its challenges and potential limitations when it comes to achieving democracy and peace.
This course will provide an overview of the contemporary international criminal law regime, with a focus on key controversial issues surrounding the international definition of each so-called 'core' international crime (war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide and aggression). The course will also provide an overview of the system of repression of international crimes, with a specific emphasis on universal criminal jurisdiction and the so-called aut dedere aut iudicare principle.