DI118 | Spring | 6 ECTS

Accountability for International Crimes

This course explores the forms and mechanisms available in international law to hold individuals, states, groups and legal entities accountable for acts amounting to international crimes such as genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and aggression. Since these crimes have generally a collective dimension, the course intends to stimulate critical reflection on the merits and flaws of existing international principles and institutions in allocating responsibility and accountability. The course will therefore examine issues related to the enforcement of individual criminal responsibility for international crimes at the national and international level, state responsibility and reparation to victims of international crimes, the interplay between state responsibility and individual criminal responsibility, international responsibility and accountability of corporations, non-state actors and of international organizations. Ultimately, the course intends to provide students with a solid understanding of the existing pluralistic system of international accountability for international crimes and of its main challenges.