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QLLM475 Principles of International Criminal Law (Sem 1)

Module description

This course is concerned with the jurisdictional competence of international and national courts over international crimes. It examines the development of international crimes in a historical perspective, including the ground breaking normative framework laid down by the Nuremberg tribunal. It examines the criteria for designating conduct as criminal under international law and the principles for allocating jurisdictional competence between national and international tribunals. The substantive crimes considered in this module  include aggression, genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, torture and the different modes of their commission. Specifically, the course is also concerned with the distinction between perpetration of a crime as a principal and perpetration in a secondary capacity. The module considers the defences available to conduct designated as criminal including superior responsibility, duress, mistake and self defence.



Applicable programmes

  • LLM in Human Rights Law
  • LLM in Public International Law
  • LLM in Criminal Justice
  • Laws (General)
  • LLM Flexible Study.

Mode of Assessment

2.15 hour written examination


22.5 Credits

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