This assignment is designed to assess learning outcomes:
The intended learning outcomes are that on completion of this module the student should be able to:
- Appreciate the historical context for the development of international criminal law.
- Investigate the theoretical underpinnings of the concept of international crimes.
- Analyse and evaluate the substantive definitions of crimes under the International Criminal Court.
- Investigate the diplomatic and institutional problems of enforcement.
- Evaluate the effectiveness of sanctions.
This assignment is an individual assignment.
This assignment requires you to choose one of the following titles.
Coursework Title (worth 100% of the total module mark)
- “Most of these crimes do not result from the criminal propensity of single individuals but constitute
manifestation of collective criminality: the crimes are often carried out by groups of individuals acting
in pursuance of a common criminal design.”
Prosecutor v Tadic, ICTY (Appeal Chamber), judgement of 15 July 1999, para. 191.
With the above quotation in mind, critically assess the extent to which international criminal law makes
provisions for the enforcement of individual responsibility in the international legal system.
- With respect to article 8 of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and Common Article 3 of the Geneva
Conventions, critically analyse the legal significance of the ICC’s trial of Thomas Lubanga Dylio on war
- With the reference to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading
Treatment or Punishment (1984) and by the use of one substantive article of the Statute of the ICC,
critically assess how the national courts exercise universal jurisdiction over torture offences.
Criteria for Assessment
- You must follow Oxford Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA) as part of the assessment
criteria. You will lose marks if you do not follow these guidelines when preparing your coursework. A
more detailed sheet is available on CU Online.
- Students should show that they have considered and used relatively a wide range of independent
information retrieval from a variety of sources. A minimum standard in this area must be reached in
order to achieve a pass mark.
- Students will be able to obtain a better mark through thoughtful, critical and convincing evaluation of
their selected academic issues, which demonstrate their in-depth understanding of the topic under
- Students will also improve their mark by ensuring that the work is coherent, justifiable and wellwritten leaving the lecturer in no doubt about the student’s knowledge and communication skills in
the given area.
The word count is 4000 maximum
There will be a penalty of a deduction of 10% of the mark for work exceeding the word limit by 10% or more.
The word limit includes quotations, but excludes the bibliography, references and citations.
Include a bibliography at the end of your work.
Ensure that citations and references to articles, books, cases etc., are accurate to avoid plagiarism. All
statements, opinions, conclusions, images, etc. which you have taken from someone else’s work,
books, journals, lectures, videos, TV, newspapers, internet pages, etc. should be acknowledged,
whether the work is mentioned, described, reproduced, summarized or directly quoted. A minimum
standard in this area must be reached in order to achieve a pass mark.
Please word process (normally font size 12) your coursework with at least one and half line spaced or
double line spaced.
How to submit your assessment
The assessment must be submitted by 18:00 on 8/4/2020. No paper copies are required. You can access the
submission link through the module web.
Your coursework will be given a zero mark if you do not submit a copy through Turnitin. Please take care
to ensure that you have fully submitted your work.
All work submitted after the submission deadline without a valid and approved reason (see below) will be
given a mark of zero.
Extensions of up to two calendar weeks can only be given for genuine “force majeure” and medical
reasons, not for bad planning of your time. Please note that theft, loss, or failure to keep a back-up file,
are not valid reasons. The extension must be applied for on or before the submission date. You can apply
for an extension by submitting an Examination/ Coursework Deferral/Extension Application Form.
Application Forms along with the supporting evidence should go to the relevant Student Support Office.
For a longer delay in submission a student may apply for a deferral.
Students MUST keep a copy and/or an electronic file of their assignment.
Checks will be made on your work using anti-plagiarism software and approved plagiarism checking
GUIDELINES AND BACKGROUND TO THIS ASSIGNMENT
As part of your study you will be involved in carrying out research and using this when writing up your
coursework. It is important that you correctly acknowledge someone else’s writing, thoughts or ideas and that
you do not attempt to pass this off as your own work. Doing so is known as plagiarism. It is not acceptable to
copy from another source without acknowledging that it is someone else’s writing or thinking. This includes
using paraphrasing as well as direct quotations. You are expected to correctly cite and reference the works of
others. The Centre for Academic Writing provides documents to help you get this right. If you are unsure,
please visit www.coventry.ac.uk/caw. You can also check your understanding of academic conduct by
completing the Good Academic Practice quiz available on Moodle.
Moodle includes a plagiarism detection system and assessors are experienced enough to recognise plagiarism
when it occurs. Copying another student’s work, using previous work of your own or copying large sections
from a book or the internet are examples of plagiarism and carry serious consequences. Please familiarise
yourself with Oxford Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA) and use it correctly to avoid a case of
plagiarism or cheating being brought. Again, if you are unsure, please contact your Academic Personal Tutor or
a member of the module team. The full version of OSCOLA is available at:
Return of Marked Work
You can expect to have marked work returned to you within 15 working days for level 1 and 2, and 10 working
days for level 3 and M level. If for any reason there is a delay you will be kept informed. Marks and feedback
will be provided online/in class/face to face. As always, marks will have been internally moderated only, and
will therefore be provisional; your mark will be formally agreed later in the year once the external examiner
has completed his / her review.