LL4AS      Half Unit
International Criminal Law 2: Prosecution and Practice

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Devika Hovell NAB 6.32


This course is available on the MSc in Criminal Justice Policy, MSc in Human Rights, Master of Laws and Master of Laws (extended part-time study). This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

This course will be relevant to the following LLM specialisms: Criminology and Criminal Justice, Public International Law, Human Rights Law.

This course is capped at 30 students. Students must apply through Graduate Course Choice on LSEforYou.

Course content

This course looks at the practice and institutions of international criminal law. Topics include: • The ad hoc international criminal tribunals • Hybrid criminal tribunals • The International Criminal Court • Universal jurisdiction over international crimes • Principles of Liability • Defences • Immunities • Torture • Terrorism


20 hours of seminars in the LT. 2 hours of seminars in the ST.

Formative coursework

One 2,000 word essay.

Indicative reading

Reading lists will be provided for each week’s seminar on Moodle. Students may wish to refer to Robert Cryer et al., An Introduction to International Criminal Law and Procedure (Cambridge, 2010), 2nd edition. Indicative reading includes Jose Alvarez, ‘Crimes of States/Crimes of Hate: Lessons from Rwanda’ (1999) 24 Yale Journal of International Law 365; Henry Kissinger, ‘The Pitfalls of Universal Jurisdiction’, Foreign Affairs (July 2001); Dapo Akande & Sangeeta Shah, ‘Immunities of State Officials, International Crimes and Foreign Domestic Courts’ (2010) 21(4) European Journal of International Law 815.


Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.

Key facts

Department: Law

Total students 2012/13: Unavailable

Average class size 2012/13: Unavailable

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Communication
  • Specialist skills