CRJU309-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020

International Criminal Law

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 13 July 2020
End Date: Sunday, 8 November 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 24 July 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 25 September 2020

This occurrence is not offered


The aim of this course is to provide a comprehensive introduction to the field of international criminal law, which is taken to include the substantive criminal law (international and transnational crimes), and international criminal procedures (such as extradition, mutual legal assistance, transfer of proceedings, transfer of prisoners, recognition of criminal judgments, etc).

The course will provide a comprehensive overview to students of the key modalities, history, theory and general principles of international criminal law and key issues. Focus will be placed on the work of the International Criminal Court, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, along with touching on the work of the hybrid courts. Students will be introduced to key issues, including modes of criminal liability, theoretical rationales for punishment, the role of victims in the ICC, and the temporal, personal and subject matter jurisdiction of these courts. Students will gain an understanding of what constitutes war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide, and aggression and the elements of these crimes. The course will provide an introduction to procedural issues within the ICC.  Focus will be placed on admissibility, complementarity and case selectivity. The course will also cover the relationship between sexual and gender based violence and international criminal law. Students will gain an understanding of the concept of positive complementarity and its importance in terms of countering impunity for international crimes.

Learning Outcomes

Students completing this course will gain:
- Core knowledge of the foundations of international criminal law
- An advanced understanding of individual criminal responsibility and modes of liability for international crimes, including war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide
- Understand the rationales for punishment under international criminal law
- Comprehend the basic modes of operation of international criminal law, including the issue of admissibility
- Ability to conduct research in the area of international criminal law

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.


60 points at 200 level, including either CRJU202 or
LAWS202, from Schedule C to the Bachelor of Criminal Justice degree regulations.


Equivalent Courses

Course Coordinator

For further information see School of Law Head of Department


The assessment will be confirmed in the first week of lectures.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $822.00

International fee $4,000.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 10 people apply to enrol.

For further information see School of Law.

All CRJU309 Occurrences

  • CRJU309-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020 - Not Offered