International Criminal Law

Bartram Brown

This course is intended to introduce students to the basic concepts,problems and processes of international criminal law.  It will first focus upon the historical development of international criminal law which has related primarily to prosecutions for piracy, war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.  The nature and functioning of today's international criminal courts and tribunals will be a key focus.  The latter part of the course will address international progress towards the agreed definition and coordinated prosecution, at national and international levels, of international economic crimes such as bribery and official corruption, money laundering and the financing of terrorism. A key theme throughout will be the essential role of national courts in enforcing international criminal law, and the question of how the rules determining the complementary jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court should be applied in practice.