This course will introduce students to transnational criminal law, including the substantive and procedural law that applies to crimes which may or do have trans-border impacts. In this course, we will consider issues which apply to all transnational crimes including: jurisdiction, extradition and mutual legal assistance. We will also consider the substantive law underpinning some specific transnational crimes and explore the features of the “suppression treaties”, that is, the treaties which require States to criminalize certain conduct in their domestic law and cooperate in suppressing that conduct. Potential topics include: trafficking in persons and migrant smuggling, corruption, transnational organized crime and terrorism. We will critically engage with issues which can arise from these acts, their criminalization and international cooperation to suppress crimes. This course will be of particular value to students interested in criminal law: transnational criminal law fills the space between purely domestic crimes and international crimes. In learning about transnational law, we will also gain an understanding of its relationship to international criminal law and domestic criminal law.
Please see Course Syllabus here.