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International Criminal Law LAW4029

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Law
  • Credits: 30
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course examines a topical and rapidly developing area of international law. It considers the actions which have been classed as international crimes, the criminal responsibility of individuals under international law, and the mechanisms provided by international law for the enforcement of these offences and the prosecution of those accused.


Weekly two hour seminars

Requirements of Entry

A pass in Public International Law (Ordinary) at C or better (first attempt) is a prerequisite for entry to this course. Should the number of applications for admission exceed the number of spaces, those with the highest grades in Public International Law (ordinary) will be admitted.
This course is only available to LL.B students

Excluded Courses

A similar course taken abroad




Assessment will be based on participation in a mooting exercise (25%) and a three-hour degree examination (75%).

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course aims to foster a critical understanding of substantive issues in international criminal law and to develop certain "transferable" skills. In particular, the course aims to:
· Enhance knowledge and understanding of international criminal law;
· Develop powers of legal reasoning, problem solving and critical analysis;
· Encourage in-depth and independent learning;
· Develop research skills by requiring students to undertake an assessed research project;
· Provide students with practice in information technology such as the internet and Lexis; and
· Provide students with the experience of working in groups.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course students should:
· Have a critical understanding of the role of international criminal law;
· Be able to analyse international criminal law problems and identify the relevant rules and issues;
· Be able to use library and information technology resources to research primary and secondary international law sources; and
· Be better able to construct written legal argument.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits