PrF:MVV262K The ICC - Course Information

MVV262K The ICC and International Criminal Law in Practice

Faculty of Law
Autumn 2018
Extent and Intensity
0/1/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
I.K. Düsterhöft, LL.M., MA (lecturer), doc. JUDr. Ing. Michal Radvan, Ph.D. (deputy)
doc. JUDr. Ing. Michal Radvan, Ph.D.
Faculty of Law
Contact Person: Mgr. Věra Redrupová, B.A.
Supplier department: Faculty of Law
Timetable of Seminar Groups
MVV262K/01: Mon 15. 10. 16:00–17:40 025, 18:00–19:40 025, Tue 16. 10. 8:00–9:40 025, 10:00–11:40 025, Wed 17. 10. 12:00–13:40 148, Thu 18. 10. 16:00–17:40 025, 18:00–19:40 025, Fri 19. 10. 8:00–9:40 025
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 30 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 24/30, only registered: 1/30
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
This course provides an introduction to the field of international criminal law. It traces the history of this relatively new field of law since the Nuremberg and Tokyo tribunals and focuses mainly on the International Criminal Court (ICC). The ICC is the only permanent international criminal court and investigates, prosecutes and tries individuals accused of committing the most serious crimes of concern to the international community. The course will focus on the crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression. Students will develop an understanding of the workings of the Court and will be able to ‘experience’ the world of international criminal justice by participating in a moot court exercise. The moot court will be based on a fictitious ICC case and students will be split up into various teams, representing different parties to a case at the ICC, such as the Defence, Prosecution and Victims’ Counsel.
  • • Monday:
  • Lecture #1: introduction to international criminal law; historical roots of international criminal law; the development of international criminal law since Nuremberg and Tokyo.
  • Lecture #2: introduction to the ICC; creation and structure of the ICC; jurisdiction of the ICC and admissibility; current ICC investigations, situations and cases.
  • • Tuesday:
  • Lecture #3: core crimes in international criminal law: genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, crime of aggression.
  • Lecture #4: the different actors in an ICC case and their particular role: Prosecution, Defence, Victims.
  • Seminar #1: introduction to the ICC moot court case; task division; plan of action; Q&A.
  • • Wednesday:
  • Lecture #5: the principles of gravity, interest of justice, complementarity; general principles of liability.
  • • Thursday:
  • Lecture #6: the future of the ICC and international criminal justice; alternatives to international criminal justice.
  • Seminar #2: discussion of the oral and written pleadings; moot court preparation; Q&A.
  • • Friday:
  • Final assessment: moot court exercise.
  • See Teacher’s Information for full details.
Teaching methods
Lectures and seminars with discussion
Assessment methods
Students engage in a moot court based on a fictitious ICC case. Students will be split up into a Prosecution team, two Defence teams and a Victims Counsel team. Students will be provided with the case prior to the course and will be required to commit their time to the course and team work during the five days.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught only once.

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