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Postgraduate Module Descriptor

LAWM683: International Criminal Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will include the following topics in the order indicated:

Introduction to international criminal law


War Crimes


Crimes Against Humanity




Crime of Aggression


Liability in international criminal law and defences


International Military Tribunals; ICTY and ICTR


International Criminal Court


Internationalised criminal courts and domestic prosecutions


International criminal justice: current and future challenges

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities30The module will be divided into 10 interactive seminars of 3 hours each, requiring active participation of the whole group. The seminars will be lecturer-led with guided group discussion. You will be expected to prepare for the seminars by reading the materials set out in the relevant seminar handout. In one of the seminars you will be asked to give a short (15-20 minute) group presentation on a topic set by the lecturer
Guided Independent Study200Preparation for seminars and class follow-up.
Guided Independent Study7Preparation for class presentation.
Guided Independent Study60Research for and writing of assessments.

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia Sources:
International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda Sources:
International Criminal Court Sources:

Other Learning Resources

American Journal of International Law (AJIL) 
European Journal of International Law (EJIL) 
Criminal Law Forum du Droit International (C L For) 
International and Comparative Law Quarterly (ICLQ) 
Journal of International Criminal Justice (JICJ)

Leiden Journal of International Law (LJIL)

International Criminal Law Review (ICLR)

Journal of Conflict and Security Law (JCSL)

Criminal Law Forum (CFL)