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LAWS424 International Criminal Court


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.

Paper title International Criminal Court
Paper code LAWS424
Subject Law
EFTS 0.1000
Points 15 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2020, expected to be offered in 2021
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $672.30
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,118.80

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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 LAWS 484 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 will:

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

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Not offered in 2020, expected to be offered in 2021

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system