MVV196K Mass Atrocity and International Criminal Law

Faculty of Law
Spring 2017
Extent and Intensity
0/1. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
Mark A. Drumbl (lecturer), Mgr. Kateřina Uhlířová, Ph.D., LL.M. (deputy)
Mgr. Kateřina Uhlířová, Ph.D., LL.M.
Department of International and European Law - Faculty of Law
Contact Person: Mgr. Věra Redrupová, B.A.
Supplier department: Department of International and European Law - Faculty of Law
Timetable of Seminar Groups
MVV196K/01: Mon 6. 3. 9:35–11:05 S125, 9:35–11:05 S126, 11:10–12:40 S126, 11:10–12:40 S125, Tue 7. 3. 9:35–11:05 S126, 9:35–11:05 S125, 11:10–12:40 S125, 11:10–12:40 S126, Wed 8. 3. 9:35–11:05 025, 11:10–12:40 025
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 24 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 14/24, only registered: 0/24
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
At the end of the course students should be able to:
1) Understand and explain the key offenses in international criminal law, modes of liability, defenses, and sentences
2) Work with information on national legal institutions, international courts, and also interdisciplinary sources such as criminology, anthropology, sociology, and post-colonial theory
3) Make reasoned decisions about the gains but, also, the shortcomings of prosecuting and imprisoning perpetrators of international crimes, in particular, when prosecutions and imprisonment supplant other forms of justice including truth commissions, traditional ceremonies, restitution, memorialization, and restorative justice
4) Make deductions when it comes to realities that criminal law struggles to articulate, that is, human emotions such as forgiveness and vengeance; the reality that perpetrators may be tragic and compromised, and vicitms imperfect; the unevenness, power politics, and selectivity that corrode law’s legitimacy; the relevance of due process; and the expressive value of trials, including show trials
5) Interpret complex legal judgments and account for how they may be explained to victims and how they may serve (or not) to authenticate history
  • Seminar 1: Introduction: Extraordinary Crime, Deviance, Social Psychology; Methods of Justice
  • Drumbl, Atrocity, Punishment, and International Law, ch. 1
  • Seminar 2: Recap of Public International Law; Institutions and Offenses of International Criminal Law
  • Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, articles 5, 6, 7, 8, 12-19
  • Seminar 3: Principles of International Criminal Law
  • Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, articles referenced in the seminar
  • Seminar 4: The Rights of Victims at the International Criminal Court
  • Power-point to be distributed
  • Seminar 5: Victims Who Victimize
  • Drumbl, article
  • Seminar 6: Child Soldiers
  • Utas article, Sheplar article
  • Articles and Materials to be distributed or made available on-line.
Teaching methods
Assessment methods
written essay
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only v češtině)
Study Materials
The course is taught only once.
Information on course enrolment limitations: Určeno opravdu JEN pro ty studenty, kteří umí dobře anglicky (písemná i ústní forma)
Teacher's information
Mark Drumbl is the Class of 1975 Alumni Professor at Washington and Lee University, School of Law, where he also serves as Director of the University's Transnational Law Institute. He has held visiting appointments and has taught intensive courses at law schools world-wide, including Oxford University (University College), Université de Paris II (Panthéon-Assas), Free University of Amsterdam, University of Ottawa, Trinity College-Dublin, University of Western Ontario, University of Melbourne, Monash University, Vanderbilt University, University of Sydney, and the and University of Illinois. Professor Drumbl's research and teaching interests include public international law, global environmental governance, international criminal law, post-conflict justice, and transnational legal process. His work has been relied upon by the Supreme Court of Canada, the United Kingdom High Court, United States Federal Court, and the Supreme Court of New York in recent decisions.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2016.
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