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LAWS470 Special Topic 1

An introduction to the concepts and institutions of international criminal justice, and responses to war and atrocity crimes.

Paper title Special Topic 1
Paper code LAWS470
Subject Law
EFTS 0.1
Points 15 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2023 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $710.30
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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96 LAWS points
Limited to
LLB, LLB(Hons)

Faculty of Law

Teaching staff

Dr Susan Lamb, past senior legal officer in international war crimes tribunals


Course materials will be provided.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Research.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will

  • Understand the legal ingredients of the core international crimes, as well as important modes of participation and key defences
  • Be able to follow and critically assess future decisions and judgments of the ICC and other international criminal tribunals
  • Understand the contemporary historical development of international criminal law and its relation to discourses of criminal law, international law and human rights
  • Comprehend the basic workings and background to the establishment of the UN’s ad hoc criminal tribunals and the permanent International Criminal Court
  • Understand the role of international criminal law in national, regional and local responses to atrocity crimes, including the relationship between national and international jurisdictions when prosecuting grave international crimes
  • Be aware of the constraints and political sensitivities surrounding the work of international criminal tribunals

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Not offered in 2023

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system