General Course Information
1.1 Course details
|Course code:||LLAW6036 / JDOC6036|
|Course name:||International Criminal Law|
|Programme offered under:||LLM Programme / JD Programme|
|Prerequisites / Co-requisites:||Not applicable|
|Credit point value:||9 credits / 6 credits|
1.2 Course description
International criminal law is an extremely topical, relevant and increasingly controversial area of international governance. This course explores the rationale, origins, normative development, institutional mechanisms and role of international criminal law. It analyses the current state of international criminal law and its place in the modern international legal system in light of important recent developments. It discusses why States should reform their national criminal laws to accord with international developments and focuses on both the substantive and procedural law. It examines relevant international legal concepts, general principles of international criminal law, and how international criminal tribunals function. It considers particular international crimes, participation in such crimes, defences, and important recent cases. To do this, we trace the roots of international criminal law in customary laws of war and early attempts to enforce rules prohibiting war crimes, before reviewing the operation of the Nuremberg and Tokyo International Military Tribunals that were established after the Second World War. We then take account of the Geneva Conventions, 1949, and the rise of international human rights law, focusing on the crimes of aggression, genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. We then delve into the law and practice of the ad hoc International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda and relate their establishment and operation to the emerging system of international criminal law, and the process under way to establish the International Criminal Court.
1.3 Course teachers
|Course convenor||Steven Freelandfirstname.lastname@example.org||N/A||By email|
2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course
CLO 1 Demonstrate a comprehensive grasp of the fundamental principles of international criminal law, including an understanding of the issues involved in the regulation of international crimes.
CLO 2 Critically evaluate the principal institutions of the international criminal legal system and explain their procedures at the international level and the principle sources of law that they apply in resolving disputes.
CLO 3 Describe the major differences between international and national law in dealing with acts that constitute international crimes.
CLO 4 Assess the major challenges/weaknesses/effectiveness to/of the international criminal law and the international criminal legal system.
CLO 5 Apply principles of international criminal law to contemporary issues by problem solving.
CLO 6 Research develop, refine and produce short written essays and make presentations to the class that demonstrate clear, well structured, appropriately referenced, critical analysis and arguments about salient points of international criminal law.
2.2 LLM and JD Programme Learning Outcomes (PLOs)
Please refer to the following link:
2.3 Programme Learning Outcomes to be achieved in this course
|PLO A||PLO B||PLO C||PLO D||PLO E||PLO F|
3.1 Assessment Summary
|Assessment task||Due date||Weighting||Feedback method*||Course learning outcomes|
|72-hour take home exam||25 Oct 2021||100%||4||1, 2, 3, 4, 5|
|*Feedback method (to be determined by course teacher)|
|1||A general course report to be disseminated through Moodle|
|2||Individual feedback to be disseminated by email / through Moodle|
|3||Individual review meeting upon appointment|
|4||Group review meeting|
|5||In-class verbal feedback|
3.2 Assessment Detail
To be advised by the convenor(s).
3.3 Grading Criteria
Please refer to the following link: https://www.law.hku.hk/_files/law_programme_grade_descriptors.pdf
4.1 Learning Activity Plan
|Seminar:||3-hours seminars in an intensive mode in January 2021|
|Private study time:||9.5 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks|
Remarks: the normative student study load per credit unit is 25 ± 5 hours (ie. 150 ± 30 hours for a 6-credit course), which includes all learning activities and experiences within and outside of classroom, and any assessment task and examinations and associated preparations.
4.2 Details of Learning Activities
To be advised by convenor(s).
|Textbook:||Cassese A, Aquaviva G, Fan M and Whiting A (eds), International Criminal Law: Cases and Commentary (Oxford University Press, 2011) – please check if there is an updated edition
Prescribed Readings posted on HKU student platform
The Lecturer may from time to time also provide selected additional reading material to the class during the semester.
|Recommended Reading (students are not required to purchase these):||
|Legislation:||Significant International Legislation/Treaties include:
Please refer to the following link: http://www.law.hku.hk/course/learning-resources/