International Criminal Law, rather than comparing domestic law of different countries, is concerned with only those crimes which are of such gravity that they affect the whole international community. International criminal law deals therefor with crimes such as genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, usually committed in the context of armed conflict. This module explores how the international community responds to such mass atrocities, how it tries to bring even the most powerful perpetrators to justice and the numerous challenges it faces in trying to do so though the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.
This module will introduce you to the core international crimes over which the International Criminal Court has jurisdiction as well as the Court’s main procedures. It will examine the relationship between the Court and its stakeholders such as member and non-member states, the United Nations Security Council and the African Union. Analysing the tension between the principles of truth, justice and peace and the pressures of realpolitik, this course will critically assess to what extent the ICC is able to achieve its aims and objectives.