International Criminal Law



This course will explore legal and institutional responses to transnational and international crime. We will examine the history of nations' attempts, individually and jointly, to prosecute crimes including torture, genocide, terrorism, war crimes, and drug trafficking. We will examine the post-World War II war crimes tribunals as models for their modern successors, including the International Criminal Court. Finally, we will consider some of the practical problems faced by law enforcement in dealing with international criminal activity, including extradition treaties, diplomatic immunity, and the role of borders themselves in both creating crime and hindering enforcement.