Transitional Justice and International Criminal Law

Module code: LW7254

Module co-ordinator: Dr Troy Lavers

Module Outline

This module is designed to enable LLM students to obtain comprehensive knowledge of diverse issues involved in international criminal law. It starts with detailed appraisal of basic concepts and principles of international criminal law and their historical development from the crimes of international humanitarian law. The module then turns to the examination of general principles including jurisdiction, admissibility, extradition and problems associated with domestic prosecutions. Emphasis is placed both on the scrutiny of case law and on legal theoretical analyses. The module also covers issues in comparative and transnational criminal justice.

Students are encouraged to develop a critical standard point in light of historical backgrounds and international relation theories. The analysis of a number of cases and of state practice will facilitate students’ insight into various issues and principles governing the operation of existing ad hoc tribunals, and the International Criminal Court. Finally the aspect of restorative justice and amnesties will be examined with the emerging trends of international criminal law.

Teaching and Learning Methods

Lectures, seminars, private study and blackboard VLE.

Assessment Methods

A Research paper (not exceeding 5,000 words including footnotes).