International Criminal Law (2 hrs.)
This focus of this course is the international framework for combating crime, including the role that the United States plays in developing vehicles for bilateral and multilateral cooperation. The course examines responses to offenses traditionally viewed as “international crimes” (e.g., genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and piracy) as well as transnational criminal conduct that increasingly is seen as undermining sovereignty, stability and the rule of law (e.g., narcotics trafficking, terrorism, organized crime and money laundering). Major topics include jurisdiction (including extraterritoriality issues), international criminal tribunals, extradition, mutual legal assistance, substantive international and transnational crimes, law enforcement activities undertaken abroad, and immunities. The class explores selected emerging tensions that affect international criminal law, including military vs. law enforcement responses to terrorism, and the need for individual criminal accountability vs. collective truth and reconciliation approaches to post-conflict situations. Mr. Surgalla.