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Training materials on international criminal law and practice

As part of the War Crimes Justice Project, the International Criminal Law Services (ICLS) developed training materials on international criminal law and practice in partnership with local and international experts and the region’s judicial and prosecutorial training institutions.

The training materials are practice-oriented and intended to serve primarily as a training tool and resource for legal trainers in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia, but are also envisaged for adaptation and use in other jurisdictions of the region. The materials include information on international criminal law and practice, focusing specifically on the substantive international crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. The materials bring together the ICTY jurisprudence and the developing body of war crimes jurisprudence of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia.

The training materials are divided into 15 modules:

  • Module 1: Introduction   [ENG] [BCS]
  • Module 2: What is public international law and international criminal law?   [ENG] [BCS]
  • Module 3: General principles of international criminal law   [ENG] [BCS]
  • Module 4: International and hybrid criminal courts: an introduction   [ENG] [BCS]
  • Module 5: Domestic application of international criminal law   [ENG] [BCS]
  • Module 6: Genocide   [ENG] [BCS]
  • Module 7: Crimes against humanity   [ENG] [BCS]
  • Module 8: War crimes   [ENG] [BCS]
  • Module 9: Modes of liability: Commission and Participation   [ENG] [BCS]
  • Module 10: Modes of Liability: Superior Responsibility   [ENG] [BCS]
  • Module 11: Defences and grounds for excluding liability   [ENG] [BCS]
  • Module 12: Basic procedure and evidentiary issues   [ENG] [BCS]
  • Module 13: Sentencing and penalties   [ENG] [BCS]
  • Module 14: Witnesses and victims: support, protection, compensation and participation   [ENG] [BCS]
  • Module 15: Cooperation and mutual legal assistance   [ENG] [BCS]
  • Each module could serve as the basis of a separate training, or could be used in conjunction with other modules. Each module contains a note for trainers, a section on international law and practice, followed by separate sections for each jurisdiction: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia.

    The modules are not a comprehensive legal text on all the jurisprudence of the international courts and national jurisdictions. They deal with the main legal issues and cases in order to facilitate training.

    The materials have been prepared with the financial assistance of the European Union. The contents of the materials are the sole responsibility of the International Criminal Law Services (ICLS) and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE ODIHR) and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.

    The designations employed and the presentation of the material do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the United Nations, the UNICRI, the ICTY, the OSCE ODIHR or ICLS concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries.

    All rights reserved. The contents of the materials may be freely used and copied for educational and other non-commercial purposes, provided that any such reproduction is accompanied by an acknowledgement of ICLS - OSCE/ODIHR as the source.

     

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