International Criminal Law


Learning Outcomes

After successfully completed this course, students will be able to:

  1. identify concepts, terminology, sources and arenas of international criminal law,
  2. apply common concepts of criminal law in the field of international criminal law,
  3. distinguish between transnational crimes prosecuted before domestic courts and international crimes prosecuted before international courts,
  4. work on cases related to the function of the ICC using the provisions of the Rome Statute,
  5. and develop arguments on the intersection between criminal justice and politics at international level.

Caracterização geral





Professor responsável



Semanais - 3

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Idioma de ensino



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  • Cryer, R./Friman, H./Robinson, D./Wilmshurst, E. (2010), An Introduction to International Criminal Law and Procedure, 2nd edition, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
  • Satzger, H. (2018), International and European Criminal Law, 2nd edition, Munich; Oxford; Baden-Baden: C.H. Beck
  • Triffterer, O./Ambos, K. (eds.) (2016), Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. A commentary, 3rd edition, Munich: Beck


  • Askin, K. (1999), Crimes within the Jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court, Criminal Law Forum 10: 33-59
  • Clark, R. (2001), The Mental Element in International Criminal Law: The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and the Elements of Offences, Criminal Law Forum 12: 291-334
  • Cryer, R. (2006), International Criminal Law vs State Sovereignty: Another Round?, European Journal of International Law 16 (5): 979-1000 
  • Graefrath, B. (1990), Universal Jurisdiction and an International Criminal Court, European Journal of International Law (1990): 67-88
  • Kai, A. (1999), General Principles of Criminal Law in the Rome Statute, Criminal Law Forum 10: 1-32
  • Nsereko, D. (1999), The International Criminal Court: Jurisdictional and Related Issues, Criminal Law Forum 10: 87-120
  • Philips, R. (1999), The International Criminal Court Statute: Jurisdiction and Admissibility, Criminal Law Forum 10: 61-85
  • Schabas, W. (2001), International Criminal Court: The Secret of its Success, Criminal Law Forum 12: 415-428
  • Tallgren, I. (2002), The Sensibility and Sense of International Criminal Law, European Journal of International Law 13 (3): 561-595

Método de ensino

The course will consist of short lectures and seminar-style discussion based on input provided in the form of a power point presentation. The teaching material will consist of both theories on international (and transnational) criminal law, as well as of short cases related to individual liability in the same field.

This said, the students are expected to actively participate in the in-class discussion (including exercises solving), and work on readings to be made accessible before each meeting. The readings will include articles on international criminal justice, court decisions, legal texts as well as short exercises.

The in-class time will also be used in order to discuss at the beginning of each meeting the ¿muddiest¿ point of the previous one, to answer any kind of questions, and to give thoughtful feedback both to the lecturer and the students.

Método de avaliação

Students¿ assessment will proceed on the basis of a 3-hour written exam, which will take place on January 27, 2020 at 09:00 o¿ clock. Students will have to answer to both short and open questions, and solve exercises related to the previously described learning outcomes


Course Structure (6 weeks; 2 meetings/week; 3 hours/meeting)

Week 1

  1. Meeting - 4 November : Introduction to ¿international justice¿, ¿international criminal law¿, ¿international crimes¿; Course agenda presentation
  2. Meeting - 7 November: History of international criminal law (war crime trials, ad hoc tribunals, regional and hybrid courts)

Week 2

  1. Meeting - 11 November: Sources and interpretation in international criminal law
  2. Meeting - 15 November: Modes of liability and grounds for excluding it

Week 3

  1. Meeting - 18 November: Prosecution of international crimes before national courts I ¿ Regulatory framework
  2. Meeting - 22 November: Prosecution of international crimes before national courts II ¿ Transnational crimes (e.g. terrorism, money-laundering, human trafficking, terrorism)

Week 4

  1. Meeting - 25 November: Prosecution of international crimes before international courts I ¿ The Rome Statute
  2. Meeting - 28 November: Prosecution of international crimes before international courts II ¿ International Crimes I (genocide and crimes against humanity)

Week 5

  1. Meeting - 2 December: Prosecution of international crimes before international courts III ¿ International Crimes II (war crimes and aggression)
  2. Meeting - 6 December: Prosecution of international crimes before international courts IV ¿ Procedure before the ICC

Week 6

  1. Meeting - 9 December: Prosecution of international crimes before international courts V ¿ International tribunals
  2. Meeting - 13 December: The future of the international criminal justice


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