International Criminal Law

Course titleInternational Criminal Law
Chair of Criminal Law Sciences
Number of ECTS credits3 Igor Vuletić
Office AddressRadićeva 13 Radićeva 17, prizemlje
Telephone+385 31 224 500
Course content

1. Historical part The beginnings of the development of international criminal law. The period after World War I. The period between the two wars. Trials after II. world war. Cold War period. The emergence and development of ad hoc courts. Court for Rwanda. Court for the former Yugoslavia. Activities related to the development of a permanent international criminal tribunal. Preparations for the diplomatic conference. Diplomatic conference in Rome and adoption of the Rome Statute. The organization and operation of the Permanent International Criminal Court from its inception to the present day. 2. Defining basic terms The concept of international criminal law. The concept of an international criminal offense. List of international criminal offences. The relationship between international and national criminal law. The concept of transnational criminal law. The relationship between international and European criminal law. 3. General part The principle of legality. Forms of guilt. Reasons for exclusion of criminal liability. Attempt. Voluntary withdrawal. Participation. Sanctions. Analysis of relevant cases from the practice of the International Criminal Court. Joint criminal enterprise and analysis of the Tadić case. Command Responsibility and Analysis of the Yamashita Case. 4. Special part Genocide. War crime. A crime against humanity. Crime of aggression. Human trafficking and slavery, international arms trade, the international drug trade. Suppression of international organized crime. Analysis of Title IX. of the Croatian Criminal Code. 5. Procedure Analysis of the procedural provisions of the Rome Statute: structure of the procedure, structure and organizational provisions, composition of the court, stages of the procedure, decisions in the procedure, the structure of the hearing, procedural principles, legal remedies, and comparison with the Croatian criminal procedure. International legal assistance and refusal of cooperation. The role and significance of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute. Court financing. 6. A brief introduction to European criminal law Basic principles of European criminal law. The need for harmonization. European criminal law before and after the Treaty of Lisbon. Protection of EU financial interests. European Arrest Warrant. European Public Prosecutor. EUROPOL. EUROJUST.

Course learning outcomes

After completing the course and passing the exam, students should be able to: 1. Explain the historical development and affirmation of international criminal law, 2. Define the basic concepts of international criminal law, 3. Connect the fundamental institutes of international criminal law, 4. Apply these institutes to the analysis of individual examples, 5. Solve practical examples,

☑ Lectures
☐ Seminars and workshops
☐ Exercises
☐ Independent tasks
☐ Multimedia and internet
☐ Distance education
☐ Office hours
☐ Laboratory
☐ Field work
☐ Mentoring work
☐ Knowledge test
☑ Oral exam
☑ Written exam
☐ Colloquium
Required reading
Josipović Ivo, Krapac Davor, Novoselec Petar. Stalni međunarodni kazneni sud. 2001. Narodne novine, Zagreb
Optional reading
Vuletić Igor. To Withdraw or Not to Withdraw: A Structural Analysis of the Scope and Limits of Voluntary Withdrawal of Criminal Attempt in the Rome Statute. 2020. International criminal law review, 20 (2020)