International Criminal Law
The focus of this International Criminal Law course is on transnational issues in the application of domestic (or national) criminal law, especially as they arise in U.S. federal criminal law, rather than on international criminal law per se as enforced for international forums such as the International Criminal Court. The course surveys principles of both domestic and international law governing efforts to apply U.S. criminal law to conduct on foreign soil and conduct by foreign nationals. Specific applications include the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, export controls, computer crimes, narcotics and money laundering, piracy, and terrorism. It also addresses international or transnational issues of criminal procedure, especially as they relate to trying criminal cases in U.S. courts. Procedural topics include extraterritorial application of the U.S. Constitution, immunities from jurisdiction, evidence gathering across international borders, extradition, recognition of foreign criminal judgments, and the relevance on international human rights instruments to domestic criminal procedure. Most of the statutory and case law studied in the course comes from U.S. federal law rather than international courts. As time permits, we will briefly consider international criminal law, including law produced by international efforts to impose criminal responsibility on the perpetrators of war crimes and human rights atrocities.
Flex exam at end of semester.
*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the Writing Requirement.
**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.