Le Grand Syllabus 2016/2017
Teachers : William SCHABAS (Professor of International Law), Deniz TEKAYAK (Etudiante Doctorante). Prerequisite : There is no pre-requisite. However, students who have not previously studied criminal law are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with the subject prior to the course by studying an introductory textbook in criminal law. Pedagogical format : Seminar Course validation : Students will be required to submit a short research assignment on a major theme in international criminal justice (50%). At the end of the course, there will be a take-home examination to be completed in a 24-hour period (50%). Pedagogical method : Classes will consist of lecture presentations, with questions and discussion by students strongly encouraged. Course Description : The course will provide students with a general introduction to international criminal law, focusing on the role of the International Criminal Court. It will begin with a history of the discipline, where the important developments including the Nuremberg trial and the establishment of the ad hoc tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda will be reviewed. Then, using the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court as a framework, the major themes of international criminal justice will be explored : the place of the Court within the international legal system, the crimes that are punished, the relationship with transitional justice initiatives at the national level, general principles of criminal law at the international law, the structure of the Court, the procedure including trials and appeals, sentencing matters and treaty law issues. Required reading : Schabas (W.), Introduction to the International Criminal Court, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2011, 4th ed. ; Schabas (W.), International Human Rights Law, Cases and Materials (a 'polycopié' to be available for purchase and distributed upon request in pdf format at no cost).
Teachers : Annyssa BELLAL (Conseillère juridique). Pedagogical format : Seminar Course validation : The course will be graded in the following manner : presentation (30%), ﬁnal paper (60%), and participation in class (10%). Course Description : The course aims at illustrating the basic principles and rules relating to the protection of human rights at the international level. Starting with some history of the concept of human rights and an examination of the ways human rights are instrumentalised in foreign policy, the course will then focus on the legal dimension. International obligations are explored as they arise in customary and treaty law. The UN and regional machinery for the protection of human rights will be critically examined with special emphasis on the UN Human Rights Council and the work of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. The course will be a mixture of theory and practice. Required reading : Walter Kälin and Jörg Künzli, The Law of International Human Rights Protection (Oxford University Press, 2009) ; Andrew Clapham, Human Rights : A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2007) ; Andrew Clapham, International Human Rights Lexicon (Oxford University Press,2005) (Selected chapters) ; Philip Alston, Ryan Goodman, International Human Rights (OUP, 2013) ; Henry J. Steiner & Philip Alston, International Human Rights in Context : Law, Politics, Morals, (3rd ed., Oxford : Clarendon Press, 2008).
THE POLITICS OF CLIMATE CHANGE
Semester : Spring Number of hours : 24 Language of tuition : English
Opened to the exchange program
THE INTERNATIONAL FRAMEWORK FOR THE PROTECTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS
Semester : Autumn Number of hours : 24 Language of tuition : English
Opened to the exchange program
Teachers : Michel COLOMBIER (Directeur Scientiﬁque). Pedagogical format : Lecture alone Course validation : Active participation (20%) ; - Short oral introductions to the course (groups of 3) (20%) ; - Final paper (60%) max. 30K characters due at the end of semester.