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International Criminal Justice: When Law meets Politics

FKVC36 – International Criminal Justice: When Law meets Politics (7.5 credits). Bachelor course in Peace and Conflict Studies. Spring term.

The course offers a critical reading of the work undertaken by all international criminal courts and tribunals. Throughout the course you will study basic tenants of Criminal Justice and their application at the international level to discover the fragility of the international legal system, its interplay with global, regional and local politics, and the challenges of reconciling justice with the interest of states.

Topics covered during the course include issues such as:

  • the selection of cases at the international level, the relation of courts with states (participants and by-standers),
  • the setting of goals and the measuring results of courts,
  • determining the societal impact that courts have in the international community,
  • determining the impact courts have on individuals (end-users) such as victims and accused,
  • the role of international criminal courts in the writing/re-writing of history,
  • the effectiveness of courts in responding to ever-growing international criminality and the alternatives available to address the same.

The aim of the course is to present you with challenging debates regarding the state of international criminality and justice, to test criticisms in the field with real-life practice, and to spark debates regarding solutions or alternatives to all the limitations of the international criminal justice system. 

Literature (pdf, new window)
Syllabus (pdf, new window)


Helen Fogelin

International coordinator – incoming students

Room: 234
Telephone: +46 (0)46-2228951
E-mail: helen [dot] fogelin [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se