LLM Transnational Criminal Law

Module leader: Professor Rob Cryer

Teaching and assessment (2016-2017): Semester 2, Exam - 3hrs

Module description:

In an increasingly globalised world, crime is no longer (if it ever was) confined to the territory of one state. The actions of, inter alia, drug traffickers, money launderers and terrorists require cross-border solutions, and cooperation. There are now various mechanisms and institutions dedicated to co-operation in relation to so-called ‘transnational’ crimes. This module will introduce students to transnational crimes, the mechanisms of inter-state co-operation and the institutions designed to promote such co-operation

The module will provide students with a detailed understanding of the nature of transnational crimes, such as drug trafficking, money laundering, terrorism and torture, and the treaties that create obligations for States with respect to their suppression. The module will also cover the mechanisms of state co-operation with respect to transnational crimes, such as extradition and mutual legal assistance. It will finish by providing students with a study of the various international bodies dedicated to promoting inter-State co-operation and the suppression of transnational criminality such as INTERPOL, and the UNODC.

Seminar topics:

  • The concept of transnational crimes
  • Jurisdiction and the aut dedere aut judicare principle
  • Drug Trafficking
  • Money Laundering
  • Aspects of the international suppression of terrorism (note, care will be taken to avoid duplication of any material in the counter-terrorism course)
  • Piracy
  • Extradition
  • Mutual Legal Assistance
  • The UN Office on Drugs and Crime