International Criminal Law

Credits: 3.00
Faculty: Stacy Caplow, Maryellen Fullerton

Prerequisite: Criminal Law

The increasing globalization of crime and of anti-crime efforts have led to the emergence of the new field of International Criminal Law. This course will focus on the legal principles that have emerged at the intersection of the traditional notions of international law and criminal law and will analyze the developing international standards, cooperation, and enforcement mechanisms aimed at preventing and prosecuting certain types of criminal activity. This course will examine the substantive crimes that have evolved in the field of international law and will emphasize the interpretation and application of international standards in the context of criminal prosecution. In addition, this course will analyze the application of national law to crime that occurs in more than one nation. The course will focus both on substantive crimes and on enforcement mechanisms. Specific topics will include sources of international criminal law; U.S. jurisdiction over crimes committed abroad; individual substantive crimes such as drug smuggling, computer crime, and money laundering; international offenses such as piracy, hijacking, torture, terrorism and genocide; extradition, evidence gathering abroad, and other procedural matters; defenses available under international law; and international criminal tribunals.

Materials for the course will include cases, treaties, international statutes, as well as literature and film. Students will be expected to participate in class actively in role plays and in discussions of problems. There may be occasional guest speakers from organizations and agencies with different perspectives on the subject matter.

Grading and Method of Evaluation

Letter grade with pass/fail option. Final exam and several short written assignments.