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Postgraduate Course: International Criminal Law (one semester) (LAWS11219)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course focuses on the study of selected foundational aspects of international and transnational criminal law and international co-operation in the administration of justice.
Course description The course will be taught through seminars, which include introductions to key topics of relevance to international criminal law and general discussion, including on particular case studies. The seminars will thus cover aspects such as the sources of international criminal law, the structure of international crimes (in particular actus reus, mens rea and justifications), but also specific crime categories (in particular, genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes).
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  25
Course Start Semester 1
Course Start Date 18/09/2023
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) This course will be assessed by the following component(s):
One essay of 6,000 words
Feedback Feedback: Each course will provide the opportunity for at least one piece of formative assessment with associated feedback. This will be provided within an appropriate timescale to enable students to learn from this prior to the summative assessment.

Feedback will take two forms. One will be a feedback exercise during the course. This will consist of a written essay, in the manner of an examination essay question. The question will then be discussed in the class. In addition, individual feedback will be given for each student¿s essay.

The other form which feedback will take will comprise feedback given on the assessed essay. This will be provided to the student through the electronic system that is used for the submission of the essays. There will be individualised feedback for each essay.

Feedback on the formative assessment may be provided in various formats, for example, to include written, oral, video, face-to-face, whole class, or individual. The course organiser will decide which format is most appropriate in relation to the nature of the assessment.

Feedback on both formative and summative in-course assessed work will be provided in time to be of use in subsequent assessments within the course.

Feedback on the summative assessment will be provided in written form via Learn, the University of Edinburgh's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of crime and criminality at the international-law level;
  2. Develop their problem-solving skills by exploring problems which are not specifically covered in the course assignments. Existing knowledge will therefore have to be applied to novel situations;
  3. Evidence generic cognitive skills, which will be required when reading expositions of basic legal arguments and case judgments, and then critically assessing their merits.
  4. Utilise their communication skills in the form of participation in seminar discussions. The course is not to be a mere setting out of knowledge by the teacher, but rather an interactive process involving the students. Consequently, students that fail to participate as expected will not gain any benefit, and the value of them taking the course will inevitably be compromised.
  5. Work autonomously when required, in the form of independent research and writing for the essay component of the course.
Reading List
Gerhard Werle / Florian Jessberger, Principles of International Criminal Law, 4th edn OUP 2020

Behrens / Henham (ed), Elements of Genocide (Routledge 2012)

Robert Cryer, An Introduction to International Criminal Law and Procedure (CUP 4th edn 2019)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills The students are to gain experience in the application of generic cognitive The course will develop students' abilities in handling the relevant sources and materials of international criminal law. Students should acquire evaluative skills which will be developed through practice of analysing academic opinion and materials in these fields and assessing their value, and participating in group seminar discussion. Students will also be able to acquire problem-solving techniques on issues in the areas studied.
Oral communication is developed in particular through work and debate in each seminar.
Additional Class Delivery Information Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
KeywordsCrime under international law,jurisidiction,piracy,torture,prosecute or extradite,genocide
Course organiserDr Paul Behrens
Course secretaryMs Susanna Wickes
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