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KDEC 9695 - International criminal law and practice

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English


No prerequisite required however students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the fundamental principles of criminal law.

Course Description

The course will provide students with an overview of the historical context since Nuremberg and Tokyo Tribunal and will explore the main international justice mechanisms to fight against impunity of international crimes at the international and domestic levels. It will cover the major themes of international criminal justice such as the general principles of criminal law, the principle of complementarity, extra territorial jurisdiction, gender issues, victim's rights and reparation. The course will be taught from a practitioner's point of view taking specific cases to illustrate the current challenges facing international(ized) tribunals, with a focus on the International Criminal Court, and domestic courts exercising jurisdiction over international crimes.


SULZER, Jeanne (Avocat au barreau de Paris)

Pedagogical format

Combines classroom, case study, student's oral presentation and clinical experience. Lawyers and human rights practitioners as well as civil society representatives will be invited as guest speakers including: - Ms Clemence Bectarte lawyer at the Paris Bar and coordinator of the FIDH Legal Action Group - Jurgen Schurr german lawyer, former legal advisor at Redress

Course validation

Class participation and discussion: 20% ; Two take home written assignments (case study 30% and written essay / 4 pages: 60%)

Required reading

  • Robert Cryer, Hakan Friman, Darryl Robinson and Elizabeth Wilmshurst, An Introduction to International Criminal Law and Procedure, 3rd edn., Cambridge University Press, 2014.
  • William A. Schabas, Introduction to the International Criminal Court, 5th edn., Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017.