The lecture International Criminal Law (ICL), including International Humanitarian Law (IHL), is offered (in English) in the winter semester and is part of the elective area of ​​focus 5 and 6. ICL has become increasingly important with the establishment of the ad hoc tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda and the establishment of the permanent International Criminal Court as well as the creation of numerous mixed international tribunals and new investigative mechanisms. In this area, too, more and more legal expertise is required, as the increasing number of young (including German) lawyers at the mentioned tribunals shows - albeit not enough lawyers compared to the vast number of sociologists and political scientists. But also beyond that, ICL is becoming increasingly important as a supranational criminal law for certain core crimes (genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes) and as a guideline for harmonization in criminal procedure. In addition, the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court has led to two important bodies of legislation at the domestic level, e.g.  in Germany the Code of International Criminal Law (Völkerstrafgesetzbuch) and the ICC Implementation Act regulating cooperation of Germany with the ICC. ICL is in many ways influenced by IHL (law of armed conflict), especially with regard to the criminal liability of crimes committed in armed conflict, and Customary International Law (CIL).


The syllabus of this lecture is closely aligned to the following works of Prof. Ambos:


Internationales Strafrecht

5. Aufl. 2018

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Fälle zum Internationalen Srafrecht

2. Aufl. 2019

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Volume I:

Foundations and
General Part (2021), 2nd ed.

ISBN: 9780192844262


Volume II:

The Crimes and
Sentencing (2014)

ISBN: 9780199665600


Volume III:

Procedure, Cooperation, and Implementation (2016)

ISBN: 9780199665617