Students are advised that the subject demands some previous knowledge of public international law.
Module A: General context and international crimes before national courts
- International law principles of State jurisdiction
- Customary international law and treaty law
- Direct criminal responsibility under international law
- Treaty provisions requiring States to criminalise conduct (including terrorism and torture)
Module B: International criminal courts and tribunals
- Jurisdiction and structure of international criminal courts and tribunals
- Co-operation with international criminal courts and tribunals
- Investigations, prosecutions, evidence and procedure before international criminal courts and tribunals
- Fair trial rights appeals, revision and enforcement of sentences before international criminal courts and tribunals
Module C: The core international crimes (crimes within the jurisdiction of international tribunals
- The elements of international crimes
- War crimes
- Crimes against humanity
- Aggression and crimes against peace
Module D: General principles of international criminal law
- Aut dedere aut judicare (“extradite or prosecute”) and unlawful abductions
- Jurisdictional immunities
- Modes of participation in crimes, and concurrence of crimes
Each module is assessed by a 45-minute unseen written exam.
It is strongly recommended you attempt Module A first.
How to apply
You can apply to study a module individually as a standalone unit or as part of a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or Master of Laws qualification. (In either scenario, they must be studied in order.)
These modules also contribute towards the following specialist pathways for Laws:
- Criminology and Criminal Justice
- Human Rights Law
- International Criminal Justice
- International Dispute Resolution
- International Justice
- Public International Law
Apply via Postgraduate Laws.