LLM Transnational Criminal Law

Module description:

In an increasingly globalised world, crime is no longer confined to the territory of one State. The actions of, among others, drug traffickers, human traffickers, and pirates require cross-border solutions, and institutions dedicated to co-operation in dealing with ‘transnational’ crimes.

This module is intended to introduce students to the nature of transnational crimes, such as drug trafficking, money laundering, piracy, terrorism and torture, and the treaties that create obligations for States to suppress these crimes. The module will also cover the mechanisms of state co-operation with respect to transnational crimes, such as mutual legal assistance and extradition. Students will also study the workings of INTERPOL- one of the pivotal international bodies that is dedicated to the promotion of inter-state co-operation and to the suppression of transnational criminality. The course concludes with a consolidation/revision session.

Outline of seminar topics:

  • The concept of transnational crime and elements of criminalisation
  • Jurisdiction and the aut dedere aut judicare principle
  • Drug Trafficking
  • Human Trafficking
  • Money Laundering
  • Aspects of the international suppression of terrorism (NB no duplication of any material in the counter-terrorism course)
  • Piracy
  • Extradition and Mutual Legal Assistance
  • Consolidation and revision