511.01 International Criminal Law

“An international crime,” wrote eminent legal scholar George Schwarzenberger in 1950, "presupposes the existence of an international criminal law. Such a branch of international law does not exist." This course will begin by probing the concept of international criminal law. What does it mean to say that certain conduct constitutes an "international crime"? What are the objectives of such a legal regime? We will then examine the law of genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and aggression, as well as “treaty crimes,” such as terrorism offenses. Particular attention will be focused on the question of jurisdiction over such offenses in national courts and international tribunals,” and on immunities to such jurisdiction.

Grades will be based on the quality of weekly (3-page) briefings, practical simulations, and class participation.

Enrollment Pre-/Co- Requisite Information


Fall 2021

Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor
Course Credits
Series of Short Analytical Papers
Practical exercises
Class participation
Madeline Morris
Sakai site: https://sakai.duke.edu/portal/site/LAW.511.01.F21
Email list: LAW.511.01.F21@sakai.duke.edu
Degree Requirements
Course Requirements - JD
Course Requirements - LLM
Course Requirements - LLM-ICL
Course Requirements - Public Interest
Course Areas of Practice