University of Miami School of Law Course Description - Online System
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Spring 2017

Course Description
This course provides an overview of the institutional legal regimes emerging through the internationalization of criminal justice: including the ad-hoc Tribunals established by the UN Security Council for the Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, the International Criminal Court, the International Court of Justice, the extraterritoriality of United States criminal laws, international police cooperation, as well as substantive international crimes, focusing specifically on terrorism, genocide, the crime of aggressive war, torture, drug trafficking and the proposed crime of “patrimonicide.” The materials will cover U.S. law, foreign law and international law as they converge in the yet unfolding field called “international criminal law” with an emphasis on examining the implications of these developments on various understandings of the relationship between criminal justice and social justice in multicultural world of nation-states. A significant objective of the course is to provide students with the means to assess these developments in criminal law in light of the original understandings of the nature and role of international law of the framers of the American constitution. Thus the first part of the course will focus on original understandings of international law. The second part will focus on substantive crimes, and the third part will focus on international legal regimes and institutions.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
01-17-2017 - 04-25-2017   MW  9:30 AM-10:50 AM F109

Course Frequency
This course is usually offered once every academic year

Course Information

Credits: 3
Pass/Fail Option: Yes
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: Final Paper
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Special Attributes: None
Special Restrictions: Students may take this course to satisfy their upper level writing requirement, but the length of their paper and number of drafts must comply with guidelines established for meeting such requirement. Course is capped at 15 students.
Law Track(s):
Criminal Law - Related
International & Comparative Law - Specialized
Litigation - Related
Bar Subject(s): None
Litigation & Dispute Resolution (Concentration)   More information
Course Book(s): TBD/None      
First Class Assignment(s): TBD/None



Contact Information:
Phone: (305)284-4050
Office: G269