The ICC is organising a 16-week Model Course on International Criminal law and the International Criminal Court in Spanish
This program is designed to assist teachers in the preparation of a course intended, in principle, as a core or elective subject in the undergraduate or undergraduate degrees in Law, International Relations or Political Science.
This program is designed to assist teachers in the preparation of a course intended, in principle, as a core or elective subject in the undergraduate or undergraduate degrees in Law, International Relations or Political Science. It can also be used as a postgraduate module that aims to serve as an introduction to the study of International Criminal Law and the International Criminal Court. It is proposed with a four-month duration, and an hourly intensity of 1 or 2 sessions of 2 or 3 hours for each of the 16 weeks. The program is accompanied by recommended readings, all of them in Spanish.
Some of the contents of the program and of the course readings can also be used as support material to build postgraduate modules that aim to offer a greater degree of in-depth study of specific contents related to the study of International Criminal Law and the International Criminal Court (modules on authorship and participation, evidence, protection of victims and witnesses and treatment of crimes committed against minors or for gender reasons, to give just a few examples).
The contents of the program are presented divided into 16 weeks and within each week the contents are divided into sections.
Except in the case of item 6.1. of week 13 (relative to the Commissions of Inquiry and Investigation), all the included readings are doctrinal in nature. Resolutions, documents and reports of national and international organizations (whether intergovernmental, governmental or non-governmental) have not been included. The jurisprudential decisions issued by national or international courts have not been included either.
All the readings are available open on the internet through the links. To identify them, a specific investigation has been carried out in relation to each one of the themes collected in the different sections of all the weeks of the course. With this, the aim has been to offer legal actors, teachers, researchers, students and the general public a comprehensive vision of the publications that exist in Spanish on the Internet on the central issues of International Criminal Law and the International Criminal Court.
The readings are arranged in alphabetical order. In this way, it has been tried to respect, as much as possible, the autonomy of the user when selecting the readings that he considers most appropriate for each of the topics addressed in the course program.
Among the several hundred readings identified, no type of selection process has been carried out, apart from linking them to specific topics.
In addition to the web version, we have included a pdf version of the program that is accompanied by two annexes. Annex I contains the recommended readings for each of its 16 weeks. Annex II contains the recommended readings for each of the sections for each week. When it has been considered necessary, the following have been included in Annex II: (i) readings with a cross-sectional content, which are relevant for the different sections of the same week (these readings appear at the beginning of the corresponding week under the heading "general readings for the week"); and (ii) readings that, although they do not have as their main purpose the specific topic for which they are recommended, help to offer a better understanding of it.
This program has been carried out by Professor Héctor Olásolo, full professor at the Universidad del Rosario (Bogotá, Colombia) and president of the Ibero-American Institute of The Hague for Peace, Human Rights and International Justice (Netherlands) with the collaboration of Lucía Carcano, Daniela Suárez and Vanessa Bonilla (researchers at the Universidad del Rosario during the period of its preparation).
It was completed on April 15, 2019. The readings will be updated in 2021.