International criminal law (2014/2015)

Course code
4S001174
Credits
6
Coordinator
Lorenzo Picotti
Other available courses
Other available courses
    Academic sector
    IUS/17 - CRIMINAL LAW
    Language of instruction
    Italian
    Teaching is organised as follows:
    Activity Credits Period Academic staff Timetable
    UL1 2 2° Periodo di lezioni - aprile/maggio 2015, 2° Periodo di lezioni - febbraio/marzo 2015 Lorenzo Picotti
    UL2 1 2° Periodo di lezioni - aprile/maggio 2015, 2° Periodo di lezioni - febbraio/marzo 2015 Roberto Flor
    UL3 3 2° Periodo di lezioni - aprile/maggio 2015, 2° Periodo di lezioni - febbraio/marzo 2015 Ivan Salvadori

    Lesson timetable

    2° Periodo di lezioni - febbraio/marzo 2015
    Activity Day Time Type Place Note
    UL1 Wednesday 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall I.C.I.S.S. A from Feb 10, 2015  to Feb 18, 2015
    UL1 Thursday 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall I.C.I.S.S. A from Feb 10, 2015  to Feb 19, 2015
    UL2 Wednesday 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall I.C.I.S.S. A from Feb 19, 2015  to Mar 11, 2015
    UL2 Thursday 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall I.C.I.S.S. A from Mar 3, 2015  to Mar 12, 2015
    UL3 Wednesday 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall I.C.I.S.S. A from Mar 12, 2015  to Mar 30, 2015
    UL3 Thursday 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall I.C.I.S.S. A from Mar 13, 2015  to Mar 30, 2015
    2° Periodo di lezioni - aprile/maggio 2015
    Activity Day Time Type Place Note
    UL3 Wednesday 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall I.C.I.S.S. A  
    UL3 Thursday 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall I.C.I.S.S. A  

    Learning outcomes

    The course will be conducted entirely in English. It is divided in two main parts, which reflect the particular importance of criminal law in its present supranational dimension.
    1). The first and more extended part will focus on the subjects of international criminal law stricto sensu, relating to criminal liability for the so called “international crimes”, their origins and the analysis of the different categories (war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide, crime of aggression), with particular attention to the crimes within the jurisdiction of the permanent International Criminal Court (ICC - established by the Rome Statute of 1998), but also with reference to the case-law of the ad hoc Tribunals, in particular Nuremberg, Tokyo, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia - ICTY and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda - ICTR, besides the ICC.
    2). The second part will focus on the subjects of “european criminal law”, this being understood as both the areas of criminal jurisdiction explicitly attributed to the European Union (arts. 83, 86 and 325 TFEU), of which some harmonization instruments will be considered (in the field of cybercrime and copyright, trafficking in human beings and illegal immigration, child pornography); and the system of the protection of fundamental rights under the European Convention on Human Rights, especially with regard to the obligations of penal protection bearing on the national judicial systems (e.g. the prohibition of torture and inhuman and degrading treatment).

    Syllabus

    The course is divided in the following didactic units:
    1). The origin and evolution of international criminal law from the International Criminal Tribunals of Nuremberg and Tokyo to the creation, with the Rome Statute, of the permanent International Criminal Court (ICC); the analysis, through the constitutive acts, the Statutes and the jurisprudence of the ad hoc Tribunals (ICTY, ICTR), of specific international crimes, with a special regard to the crimes within the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (ICC: war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide, crime of aggression); the special forms of criminal responsibility for the crimes committed in particular by military and political leaders (such as the responsibility of commanders and other superiors ex art. 28 ICC, the joint criminal enterprise, etc.)
    2). National criminal law and European criminal law: the evolution and the process of “Europeanisation“ of criminal law; the role of the jurisprudence of the European Court of Justice; the Lisbon Treaty and the new explicit penal competences of the European Union in the fight against the transnational crimes (child pornography, trafficking of human beings, illegal immigration, cybercrime, terrorism, etc.); the penal protection of the European financial interests; the establishment of an European Public Prosecutor.
    3). Protection of the fundamental rights; the role of the Council of Europe and the function of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR); the relations between the case law of the ECHR and the national penal jurisdictions; the obligations of penal protection bearing on the national judicial systems (e.g. the prohibition of torture and inhuman and degrading treatment).

    Assessment methods and criteria

    The exam will be conducted in English, with the discussion of a written essay on a specific topic developed in class and agreed with the professors, or, as a choice of the student, a written test based on the answer to three questions on the subjects analyzed during the course; the written test will be followed by a brief oral interview.
    Variations of the program can also be arranged with the professors for the study of specific topics of interest of the candidate.

    Teaching aids
    Title Format (Language, Size, Publication date)
    PROGRAMMA E TESTI CONSIGLIATI - English  mswordmsword (it, 37 KB, 19/08/14)
    PROGRAMMA E TESTI CONSIGLIATI - Italiano  mswordmsword (it, 30 KB, 19/08/14)