International Criminal Law: General Principles and International Crimes

from Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
Registration deadline: 07 Nov 2019 Training date: 14 Nov 2019 to 29 Nov 2019 More Information


International criminal law has developed dramatically since the early 1990s, and now consists of a complex system involving national courts with international participation, alternative transitional justice mechanisms like truth commissions, and temporary or ad hoc international courts. The International Criminal Court sits at the centre of this.

This short course reviews the origins of international criminal law, its relationship with the international legal order including the UN Security Council and its coexistence with national justice institutions. The scope of international crimes – genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression – is considered alongside initiatives to expand or add to these categories.


This short course is open to professionals – diplomats, lawyers, legal advisers, judges, NGO staff, human rights advocates, media specialists, professionals working in emergency situations, UN staff and staff from other international organizations – who are not enrolled in the Executive Master and who want to deepen their expertise in this specific issue.


Courses take place on:

  • Friday 14 November 2020, 15:30 – 18:00
  • Thursday 21 November 2020, 18:00 – 20:30
  • Friday 22 November 2020, 15:30 – 18:00
  • Thursday 28 November 2020, 18:00 – 20:30
  • Friday 29 November 2020, 15:30 – 18:00
Fee information:
The fee to attend this course is 1,150 Swiss Francs.
How to register:

Applications for this short course must be submitted via this online form.
Your application will need to include:

  • A short motivation letter (no more than one page)
  • Your curriculum vitae
  • Proof of your competence in English (a certificate or statement highlighting your solid background in English)
  • A valid copy of your visa or residence permit (only applicants who require a visa to enter the Schengen area)

Once admitted to the course, participants receive instructions on how to pay. Proof of payment is required before you begin the course.