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Postgraduate Module Descriptor

LAWM148: International Crimes and Crimes of Mass Violence

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.


NQF Level7
Credits30 ECTS Value
Term(s) and duration

This module will run during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Professor Caroline Fournet (Convenor)

Available via distance learning


This module innovatively adopts a two-fold legal approach – based on international criminal law and international human rights law – as well as, where relevant, an interdisciplinary perspective, turning to criminology, history and /or forensic science.

With this module, you will undertake an in-depth study of different international crimes and crimes of mass violence (see syllabus plan) and explore the relevant domestic, regional and international law and case-law. You will apply this knowledge in the dedicated case-study sessions.

This approach will enable you to fully understand the concepts of international criminality and mass violence, in terms of prohibited acts, criminal modus operandi and victimhood. It will also allow you to understand the nature, causes and consequences of this type of violence.

There are no pre-requisites for you to take this module.

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