International Criminal Law - LW846

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
(version 3)
Spring 7 20 (10) DR E Haslam checkmark-circle
(version 3)
Spring 7 20 (10) PROF Y Arai checkmark-circle


This module provides a critical examination of the principles and institutions and theory and practice of international criminal law. The module introduces the aims and objectives of international criminal law and examines the establishment and operation of international criminal justice institutions, and the substantive law of international crimes. It explores key theoretical and doctrinal debates in international criminal law. In particular, it seeks to locate the work of international criminal courts and tribunals in their broader political and contextual contexts. Case studies and special topics in international criminal law, form an important part of the module.


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Contact hours

Total contact hours: 19
Private study hours: 181
Total study hours: 200


Spring Term

Method of assessment

Essay, 5000 words (100%)

Indicative reading

• Cassese's, International Criminal Law revised by Cassese, Gaeta, et al (OUP, 2013)
• Cryer, Friman, Robinson and Wilmshurst, An Introduction to International Criminal Law and Procedure (CUP, 2014)
• De Vos, Kendall and Stahn Contested Justice: the Politics and Practice of International Criminal Court Interventions (CUP, 2015)
• Schöbel, Critical Approaches to International Law: An Introduction (Routledge, 2014)
• Simpson, Law, War and Crime (Polity Press, 2007)
• Stover, The Witness: War Crimes and the Promise of Justice in the Hague (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005)
• Werle and Jessberger, Principles of International Criminal Law (OUP, 2014)
• Williams, Hybrid and internationalised criminal tribunals: selected jurisdictional issues (Hart, 2012)

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

1. demonstrate a critical and systematic understanding of the main concepts, doctrines, principles and institutions of international criminal law;
2. critically evaluate international criminal law in the light of key contemporary theoretical and doctrinal debates;
3. critique international criminal law and contemporary theoretical and doctrinal debate relating thereto to controversial case studies;
4. demonstrate sophisticated independent research into international criminal law and to critically evaluate the current state of knowledge in the field;


Stage 1


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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