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Adv Tpc-Intl Crim Law & Procd (LAW-795A-001)
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With the entry into force of the Rome Statute governing the International Criminal Court (ICC) in 2002, the area of international criminal law (ICL) has entered a new phase that is expected to bring about a deepening and strengthening of principles first adopted at the Nuremburg trials following World War II. Indeed, with 111 States Parties to the Rome Statute and several trials already underway at the ICC, the international community has demonstrated an enduring commitment to the prosecution of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes occurring throughout the world. In many ways, the ad hoc tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, as well as “hybrid” tribunals such as the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL), have laid the ground work for the ICC in terms of effectively prosecuting individual perpetrators of international crimes. At the same time, the ICC is a new institution facing many unique challenges, including those related to the selection of cases, the interpretation of legal provisions that differ from those governing other international criminal bodies, and how to ensure a meaningful role for victims of mass atrocities without interfering with the rights of the defense. This course will examine in detail the core international crimes and modes of criminal responsibility dealt with by various international criminal bodies, as well as highlight a number of the challenges facing the permanent ICC. While prior knowledge of international criminal law is not a pre-requisite, this course is designed as a seminar that will delve into a select number of themes relating to the design and practice of the ICC.
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