This course is included in the optional studies of the Bachelor of Laws degree and the Master of Laws degree.
Registration onto this course is open to all students from the Bachelor of Laws programme and the Finnish Master of Laws programme, all students pursuing doctoral studies and those on the MICL or IBL programme, as well as to exchange students, and to students with the right to complete minor subject studies or the right to complete non-degree studies at the Faculty of Law.
Apply for a right to complete minor subject studies or for the right to complete non-degree studies at the Faculty of Law here: https://guide.student.helsinki.fi/en/article/optional-studies-law and https://www.helsinki.fi/en/faculty-of-law/admissions/apply-to-the-faculty-of-law.
After completing the course students are expected:
- to acquire an overview of international criminal law and its basic principles, legal concepts and methodologies;
- to grasp the historical evolution of the concept of an international crime and jurisdiction for international crimes;
- to obtain skills in interpreting and analyzing law in force on international crimes and the procedures for prosecuting them in current jurisdictions;
- to become familiar with the basic jurisprudence of international criminal courts;
- to be able to interpret and critically analyze legal and political parameters of international criminal law, and to acquire basic concepts of criminological study of international crimes;
- to improve skills in exploring various sources of international law in institutional and academic databases and recognizing various types of media information on international criminal law; and
- to become aware of the gender dimension of international criminal law.
Exam: Monday 2nd of December, 11:30-13:30
Resit exam: Monday 9th of December, 12:30-14:30
The course consists of ten lectures, as outlined here:
1) Introduction into the development and characteristics of international criminal law and its institutional practice. Relationship to other fields of (international) law such as international humanitarian law, international human rights law, international refugee law, transitional justice and transnational criminal law.
2) Sources of international criminal law. The principle of legality in international criminal law. Overview of substantial international criminal law. Ius cogens.
3-4) Concept of international crime. Core crimes in international law: genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and aggression. Transnational crimes.
5) Criminal jurisdiction for international crimes: national, international, universal. Introduction to past institutions: the Nuremberg and Tokyo International Military Tribunals, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.
6) Current institutions: mixed or hybrid criminal tribunals, national courts prosecuting international crimes, The UN Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals, the International Criminal Court.
7) International criminal procedure. The special status of victims in international criminal law. Case studies.
8) The enforcement of international criminal law. International cooperation in criminal matters. The questions of amnesty and pardon.
9) Challenges, objectives, alternatives, and limits of international criminal law. Criminology and sociology of international crimes. International relations and international criminal law.
10) International criminal law and gender. International criminal law and media. Closing of the course with an interactive questions and comments session.
R. Cryer et. al., An Introduction to International Criminal Law and Procedure, Third Edition, CUP 2014, pp. 113-351 and 482-512.
The teacher will provide links to reading and databases on the Moodle page of the course.
Unlike previously stated, the course has a maximum quota of 100 students, who are accepted onto the course based on the order of registration.
The course is completed by attendance to lectures and final exam.