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International Law In Action: Investigating and Prosecuting International Crimes

Universiteit Leiden

Delve into the world of international criminal justice with Leiden University's course, 'Investigating and Prosecuting International Crimes.' This comprehensive series provides an insider's view into the investigation and prosecution of international crimes in The Hague. Explore the core concepts and foundations of the international criminal justice system, the justice institutions and procedures, the process of trying perpetrators, and the remedies for wrongs while looking to the future.

Through engaging modules, gain insight into the functioning, actors, and potential improvements of international criminal justice. Explore the core crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes, while examining individual criminal responsibility and modes of liability. Understand the roles of judges, defense counsels, victims, and the dilemmas surrounding child soldiers in international criminal trials. Learn about judgment, punishment, repairing harm, and enhancing effectiveness in international criminal justice, and discover the legal legacy of UN international criminal tribunals.

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International Law In Action: Investigating and Prosecuting International Crimes
Course Modules

Embark on a comprehensive journey through the course modules, gaining insight into the core concepts and foundations of the international criminal justice system, the justice institutions and procedures, the process of trying perpetrators, and the remedies for wrongs while looking to the future.

Welcome to this course

Embark on a comprehensive introduction to the course, including a trailer, course overview, and a glimpse into what to expect. Meet the instructor and the team, explore Leiden University's facts and figures, and understand your learning path.

  • Trailer & course introduction
  • How to succeed in your online class?
  • Meet the instructor & his team
  • Welcome to Leiden University
  • Leiden University: Facts & Figures
  • Community Guidelines
  • What is your learning path?
  • Introduce yourself
  • Tell us your goals
  • Discover The World at Leiden University [video]

The International Criminal Justice System: Core Concepts and Foundations

Gain an in-depth understanding of the core concepts and foundations of the international criminal justice system. Explore the fundamental principles of international crimes, including genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. Delve into individual criminal responsibility and modes of liability, illustrated through the Lubanga case.

  • An Introduction to International Crimes
  • Core Crimes - Genocide
  • The Core Crimes - Crimes Against Humanity
  • Core Crimes - War Crimes
  • Individual Criminal Responsibility
  • Modes of Liability
  • Illustrating the Lubanga Case
  • Week 1

The International Criminal Justice System: Justice Institutions and Procedures

Explore the justice institutions and procedures within the international criminal justice system. Understand the effectiveness, fairness, and conceptions of justice, as well as the main actors and hard choices involved. Gain insight into how cases emerge and the justice process, including an interview with the Chief Prosecutor of the ICTY, Serge Brammertz.

  • An Introduction to Justice Institutions
  • An Introduction to the Main Actors
  • Hard Choices
  • How Cases Emerge
  • An Introduction to the Justice Process
  • Interview with Chief Prosecutor of the ICTY: Serge Brammertz
  • Week 2

Trying Perpetrators

Delve into the process of trying perpetrators within the international criminal justice system, including the roles of judges, defense counsels, and victims. Explore the complexities surrounding the child soldier dilemma and gain insights from an interview with Defense Counsel Karim Khan QC.

  • The Trial
  • The Role of the Judge
  • Defending Suspects and Accused (Part I)
  • Defending Suspects and Accused (Part II)
  • The Role of Victims
  • The Child Soldier Dilemma
  • Interview with Defense Counsel: Karim Khan QC
  • Week 3

Remedying Wrong and Look to the Future

Explore the judgment, punishment, and remedying of wrongs within the international criminal justice system. Understand the process of repairing harm, enhancing effectiveness, and gain insights from an interview with ICC President Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi. Conclude the course with a final exam and reflections on the effectiveness of international criminal justice.

  • Judgment (Part I)
  • Judgment (Part II)
  • Punishment
  • Repairing Harm
  • Enhancing Effectiveness
  • Interview with ICC president: Silvia Fern├índez de Gurmendi
  • Concluding Video
  • Final Exam
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