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International Criminal Law

The course International Criminal Law focuses on national and international features of states criminal jurisdiction.

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The course International Criminal Law is given within the framework of the Master of Laws Programme in International Law at the Department of Law, Stockholm University.  

Read more about the Master of Laws Programme in International Law

The course includes the development of international criminal law, core concepts (i.e. international crimes, grave breaches of international humanitarian law, individual criminal responsibility, state responsibility for violations of international law) and criminal proceedings at international courts (the International Criminal Court - ICC, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia - ICTY), hybrid (national and international) courts (Sierra Leone, Cambodia) and national courts (Iraq, Belgium).

  • Course structure

    Follow the link below to read more about the course details.

    Syllabus - International Criminal Law


    Teaching format

    The course starts with an introductory lecture, the aim of which is to provide general orientation within the subject area. Following this introduction, each of the six main topical components of the course is then discussed separately. Each subject area may consist of lectures as well as seminars.

    During the course, students will make an inquiry into a concrete legal problem. This inquiry is presented in written form as an essay. There will also be a moot court exercise, which consists of written motions as well as an oral trial hearing.

    As part of the LL.M. in International Law, a theoretical and practical seminar is also held. This particular seminar will focus on the study of international criminal law from legal, external and critical perspectives.


    The course's learning outcomes are assessed through the individual essay, participation at the seminars, written submissions as well as participation in the oral main proceedings of the moot court.

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    • Cryer, Robert, Friman, Håkan, Robinson, Darryl & Wilmshurst, Elizabeth, An Introduction to International Criminal Law and Procedure, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, fourth edition, 2019.
    • Cryer, Robert, International Criminal Law Documents, 2019 - Commentary on the Law of the ICC available at
    • Course literature is available at Juristernas bokhandel, but only to a limited extent
  • More information

    Learning platform

    During the course, registered students will receive additional course information on the Athena learning platform.

    The Departement

    Read more about education at the Department of Law at Stockholm University on our homepage.

    Education - Department of Law 


  • Contact

    LL.M. Public International Law 

    Course coordinator: 
    Sara Freeman

    Course manager:
    Mark Klamberg