Postgraduate Module Descriptor

LAWM683: International Criminal Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan


Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will include will cover some or all of the following topics:


  • Introduction to international criminal law – what is an international crime?


  • War Crimes and Crime of Aggression


  • Crimes Against Humanity


  • Genocide


  • Selected transnational Crimes incl. Terrorism and Financing Terrorism, Drug or Human Trafficking, Cyber Crime or Modern Day Piracy


  • Liability in international criminal law and defences


  • International Military Tribunals; ICTY and ICTR


  • International Criminal Court


  • Internationalised criminal courts and domestic prosecutions


  • Transitional Justice


  • International criminal justice: current and future challenges 

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity30The module will be divided into 10 interactive seminars of 3 hours each, requiring active participation of the whole group.
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity3Exercise: this activity will take place over two days and simulate a command post exercise to provide you with an opportunity to apply your knowledge in a practical setting.
Guided Independent Study180Assigned seminar readings (including for the seminar paper).
Guided Independent Study24Preparation of seminar essay and presentation: students will research and write a paper on the seminar topic, presenting it to the rest of the group.
Guided Independent Study60Research for and writing of summative/assessed essay.
Guided Independent Study3Preparation for the exercise.

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia Sources: 
International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda Sources: 
International Criminal Court Sources: 

Other Learning Resources

American Journal of International Law (AJIL) 

European Journal of International Law (EJIL) 

Criminal Law Forum du Droit International (C L For) 

International and Comparative Law Quarterly (ICLQ) 

Journal of International Criminal Justice (JICJ)

Leiden Journal of International Law (LJIL)

International Criminal Law Review (ICLR)

Journal of Conflict and Security Law (JCSL)

Criminal Law Forum (CFL)