Instructor(s): Andrea Russell

For graduate students, the course number is LAW7056HS.

Pre or Co-requisite: either International Human Rights Law or Public International Law

This course satisfies either the Perspective or the International/Comparative/Transnational course requirement.

Note: The Blackboard program will be used for this course. Students must self-enrol in Blackboard as soon as confirmed in the course in order to obtain course information.

This course focuses on the ‘core’ international crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity, and serious violations of the laws of war (war crimes), as well as on certain acts of international terrorism. The various bodies established by the international community to respond to these crimes, and in particular the International Criminal Court, will also be closely examined. On the one hand, the course will adopt a big-picture approach and examine policy rationales for the International Criminal Law regime and the effectiveness of the existing regime in meeting these goals; on the other hand, it will also use a more focused legal approach by examining cases emanating from the international criminal law bodies. Specific topics such as the inclusion of victims in the international criminal law process, sexual violence, and child soldiers will be examined throughout the course. Students will analyze numerous contemporary situations that have garnered headlines both in the legal world and in international current affairs.

one 500-word comment based on the readings (10%); one 500-word comment analyzing an issue before the International Criminal Court (15%); class participation 15% (10% informed input into class discussion, 5% attendance); and a 5,000-word research paper due at the end of term (60%).

At a Glance

Second Term
Perspective course



20 JD


T: 4:10 - 6:00