Scientific Disciplinary Sector (SSD)
IUS/17 - CRIMINAL LAW
1° periodo lezioni (1B) dal Nov 4, 2022 al Dec 16, 2022.
The course will enable students to acquire a comprehensive knowledge and the skills necessary to understand and analyse the general principles of the European and International Criminal Law, the International case-law and their influence on the National Criminal Law. Furthermore, the course will develop the students' ability to solve concrete case studies on the basis of a correct legal methodology.
Prerequisites and basic notions
It is recommended to take previously the course in Criminal Law.
The course is divided in four parts:
1st Part: International Criminal Courts and Tribunals
• Historical evolution, jurisdiction and structure of international criminal courts and tribunals
• The Nuremberg and Tokyo International Military Tribunals
• The International ad-hoc Tribunals (ICTY, SCSL, ICTR)
• International Criminal Court (ICC)
2nd Part: The international crimes (core-crimes)
• The objective and subjective Elements of International Crimes
• War Crimes
• Crimes Against Humanity
• Crime of Aggression
3rd Part: General principles of International Criminal Law
• Individual Criminal Responsibility
• Direct and Indirect Responsibility
• Command/Superior Responsibility
• Grounds excluding Criminal Responsibility
4th Part: The future of International Criminal Law
• Cyber warfare and cyber operations
• Drone attacks
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Language of teaching for this course is English. All literature and auxiliary material are also in English.
For students attending classes, the course will be mainly based on lectures and seminars. Workshops, seminars about specific topics or case studies could be organized during the course. Some lectures or seminars could be also delivered by distinguished Visiting Professors. The online registration to the University e-learning platform will provide students with a source of reference, bibliography, scientific papers and selected case-law.
The professor will provide support to students non-attending classes during the office hours (see the Law Department webpage). Students non-attending classes may also register to the University e-learning platform and have access to a source of reference, bibliography, scientific papers and selected case-law.
Learning assessment procedures
The final exam for all students will consist of an oral exam, held in English. Students attending the course could take a midterm exam and they could have also the possibility to write a short paper on specific topics of the program, by agreement with the professor. The paper will be discussed during the oral examination and will constitute part of the final exam.
The final exam aims at verifying:
• The level of achievement of the learning outcomes previously identifies
• The linguistic accuracy
• The argumentative, reasoning and problem-solving skills
• The ability to connect systematically the knowledge achieved
Criteria for the composition of the final grade
Grades are awarded on a scale from 18 to 30, where 30 is the highest grade and 18 is the lowest grade to pass the exam. In case of an excellent knowledge, a high level of linguistic accuracy and an argumentative, reasoning and problem-solving capacity the candidate may earn the highest grade with “cum laude” honor.