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    An introduction to the International Criminal Court (ICC) and its jurisdiction and procedures.

    Established in 2002, the International Criminal Court (ICC) is a new court that applies a relatively new area of law. International criminal law has been described as the convergence of two disciplines: the penal aspects of international law and the international aspects of domestic criminal law. International criminal law (ICL) has developed alongside international humanitarian law (the law of armed conflict), but ICL is unique in international law in that its principles apply directly to individuals, as opposed to states.

    The paper will examine the history, jurisdiction, structure and procedures of the International Criminal Court. Particular attention will be given to the four core crimes within the current or prospective jurisdiction of the Court: the crime of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression. In doing so, the origins, historical development, sources and content of substantive international criminal law will be surveyed.

    About this paper

    Paper title International Criminal Court
    Subject Law
    EFTS 0.1
    Points 15 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $730.20
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    LAWS 201 and 66 further LAWS points
    Pre or Corequisite
    Any 200-level LAWS paper not already passed
    Limited to
    LLB, LLB(Hons)
    May not be credited together with LAWS484 passed in 2009-2014.
    Teaching staff
    Senior Lecturer Stephen Smith
    Course materials are provided.
    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper will:

    • Gain an understanding of the history of International Criminal Law
    • Identify the jurisdiction, structure and procedures of the ICC


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 12:00-12:50 29-35, 37-42
    Wednesday 12:00-12:50 29-35, 37-42
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