International Criminal Law

Section 1ZO, Spring 21

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 16/50
Credits: 3

Course Description

International criminal law studies a grim but important subject: the prosecution of war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide, and aggression. These are “core crimes” tried by tribunals like the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the tribunals for Rwanda, Sierra Leone, former Yugoslavia, and elsewhere. In addition, we will study the extraterritorial application of U.S. criminal law to crimes of transnational character. Along with the substantive law on these issues, we examine topics such as extradition and immunity from prosecution. The course will introduce basic concepts of public international law, with a special focus on questions of jurisdiction (extremely important in prosecuting crimes committed in locales other than the state conducting the prosecution!) The course will also examine the problems confronting international criminal justice today, including the political backlash against accountability. The aim of the course is to introduce students to basic doctrines of international and transnational criminal law. It also provides a historical overview of the work of international criminal tribunals and the challenges they face. The course thus combines legal doctrine, policy, history, and the politics that creates and sometimes defeats international criminal justice.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Midterm Type (if any): None
Description: None

Final Type (if any): Flex
Description: Flex exam at end of semester
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Flex exam at end of semester

Written Work Product
Written Work Product:

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: Helpful, but not required, to have taken an Introductory public international law course, but this course will cover the basics. Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: No
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Notes: Content warning: Please note that we will read about and discuss some gruesome issues in this course, including genocide, torture, and sexual violence.

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*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.

General Information

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