This course examines the basic principles of international criminal law. Emphasizing a public international law perspective, this course explores the growing efforts to enforce international criminal justice and humanitarian norms through an international criminal law regime. This course traces the development of the International Criminal Court (ICC), the first permanent international criminal law tribunal. It will also examine the ICC's immediate precursors, the two ad hoc war crimes tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. It will cover international crimes such as genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and aggression as well as issues of individual and state responsibility. It will encompass current events such as the pending cases at the ICC and the possible ongoing genocide in Darfur, Sudan.
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