Law 657 - Contemporary Issues Facing the International Criminal Court

Richard H. Steinberg

Richard H. Steinberg

Professor of Law
Professor of Political Science
B.A. Yale, 1982
J.D. Stanford, 1986
Ph.D. Stanford, 1992
UCLA Law faculty since 1996
Course Description:

This seminar briefly introduces students to international criminal law, then focuses on contemporary issues facing the International Criminal Court (ICC). At each weekly class meeting, we will discuss readings pertaining to a particular problem facing the ICC, including: the scope of its jurisdiction; effectuating arrest or surrender of the accused; political oversight of the Office of the Prosecutor; maximizing the ICC’s potential to deter crimes; who gets reparations and what form they should take; proving mass rape; claims of ICC bias against African countries; improving the ICC’s exchange of information with victims groups and NGOs that have evidence of crimes; and challenges of prosecuting crimes based on sexual and gender-based violence. Each student will write one or two term papers (a longer paper if only one paper) that responds to a contemporary issue of interest posed to us by the ICC Prosecutor. Student opinions will be published on . This course satisfies the Substantial Analytical Writing (SAW) requirement. No prerequisites. Limited to 12 students.

Course Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this course students will be able to:

1. understand the basics of public international law,

2. interpret and apply The Rome Statute, ICC case law, and related international criminal law treaties and case law,

3. understand and analyze legal, political, and institutional factors that might be considered by the Court, the Office of the Prosecutor, the Registrar, states parties, and non-states parties in decision-making related to situations in which mass atrocities are alleged, and

4. provide thoughtful advice to policymakers on the pros and cons of particular proposals in the area of international criminal law.

Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Richard Steinberg 19F 657 SEM 1 M 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM 3.0 No Yes
  Early drop deadline: 12:00 noon 8/29/2019.