The LLM-programme comprises the modules Transitional Justice, International Criminal Law, Law Relating to Organised Crime and Money Laundering, as well as International Anti-Corruption Law. The lectures are delivered by permanent teaching staff and by visiting experts.
The programme starts in late January of each year. During the mid-year vacation in June/July, the students travel to Germany for a two-week summer school at the Humboldt University of Berlin. Students who pass all their modules and the research paper (final thesis) are awarded their LLM degree in early December.
In respect of each module a candidate must submit at least one written assignment and pass the written examination at the end of the course. Furthermore, at the end of the second semester, the candidates must present a research paper (LLM thesis) in a module of their choice, which demonstrates the candidate's ability to conduct independent research.
In addition to the four core modules, lectures on Comparative Criminal Law and Modern Legal History are offered in order to broaden the horizon of the students. African students receive introductory lessons in the German language. The permanent teaching staff consists of Prof Lovell Fernandez (UWC), Prof Gerhard Werle (Humboldt University of Berlin), Prof Raymond Koen (UWC) and Dr Moritz Vormbaum.
1 | Transitional Justice
The module on Transitional Justice covers both legal issues and contemporary history. It deals with the legal framework for transitions from a dictatorship to a democracy or from violent conflict to peace, illustrated by different country situations. The course gives a general overview, and investigates the challenges presented by transitions to systems of justice. The course also allows for the discussion of recent developments, with a focus on transitional justice in Africa. The course is taught by Prof Lovell Fernandez and Dr Moritz Vormbaum.
2 | International Criminal Law
The module on International Criminal Law gives an insight into the international dimension of criminal law, with a focus on current developments in the case law of the international courts and tribunals. It covers the historical development of international criminal law as well as its foundations in international law. The module deals with the enforcement of international criminal law by international, hybrid and national courts, with a particular focus on the structure and procedure of the International Criminal Court. The focus of the course, however, is substantive international criminal law, namely, general principles, as well as the structure and elements of the crime of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression. The course is presented by Prof Gerhard Werle.
3 | Law Relating to Organised Crime and Money Laundering
The module on Law Relating to Organised Crime and Money Laundering focuses, inter alia, on the following aspects: the theory of money laundering; confiscation and forfeiture; money laundering and links to the illicit drugs trade; typologies of money laundering in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region; the regulatory legal framework and SADC Protocols; issues relating to the regulation of banks and the finance industry, including state regulations and industry self regulation. This module also deals with the international agreements in the area of organised crime. The course is presented by Prof Lovell Fernandez.
4 | International Anti-Corruption Law
The fourth module focuses on corruption and the illegal use of public office for private gain. The course, among others, deals with the following topics: the definition and scope of corruption (what is corruption and why does it matter?); international, regional and national regulatory anti-corruption framework; causes and consequences of bureaucratic corruption; endemic corruption in underdeveloped and developed countries; anti-corruption in transitional states with special focus on state-enterprise interactions in granting of tenders; judicial corruption; challenging corruption in Africa: case studies; when are anti-corruption campaigns successful?; corporate criminal liability; international co-operation; extradition; confiscation, seizure and asset recovery procedures. The course is presented by Prof Raymond Koen.