International Criminal Law

Credit Hours: 1

This course will focus on the prosecution of international crimes, including genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and aggression. We will study the development of the law of these crimes, including jurisdiction, the elements of crimes, modes of liability, and defenses, as well as the institutional, political, logistical, and procedural challenges faced by prosecutors, defense lawyers, and judges who adjudicate these crimes. Students will be expected to engage throughout with the question of whether, and if so to what extent, individual criminal prosecution by international criminal courts and tribunals is a legitimate and effective tool for addressing mass human rights violations during or after conflict.