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B565 International Criminal Law

Description What does it mean for criminal law to be international? Along with the monopoly on violence, the legal and bureaucratic power to define and sanction wrongful behavior is one of the core functions # and definitions # of the modern state. How does this function translate to an international institution and the realm of inter-state relations? This course provides an introduction to the politics, institutions, processes, and substantive commitments of international criminal law. It will consider international criminal law in its broader political context, as one response (among many) to episodes of mass violence and social disruption, as well as a mechanism for control and replication of values, and will focus in particular on how the international aspect # the horizontality of legal relations in the state system # shapes that response. The course surveys the historical development of legal responses to war and atrocities, especially through the politics and jurisprudence of the principal criminal tribunals of the modern era. Particular attention is paid to the issues arising out of the Yugoslav conflicts, as well as responses to mass atrocity and war crimes in World War II, Rwanda and the Great Lakes region, and West Africa. The entire course is a comparative legal exercise, examining various attempts to create international tribunals and domestic efforts to respond to international atrocities. Students will complete a take-home final exam, with active participation in class discussion factoring significantly into the final grade. There are no prerequisites, but courses in area studies, history, political science, international law, human rights, criminal law, and international relations will all prove complementary.

Faculty T. Waters

Fall 2015 - 2016International Criminal LawWaters, T.
Fall 2013 - 2014International Criminal LawWaters, T.
Fall 2010 - 2011International Criminal LawWaters, T.
Fall 2009 - 2010International Criminal LawWaters, T.