POLI 316 The Politics of International Justice (1)
How can the international community hold leaders responsible for genocide, crimes against humanity and other human rights violations? In this class we will examine the ways in which international criminal courts and tribunals have sought to end impunity for human rights abuses. We will consider key institutions and innovations in international criminal law, explore political and scholarly debates in the field of international and transitional justice, and analyze the relationship between international, national and local justice mechanisms. Our focus will be on historical and contemporary case studies, including Yugoslavia, Rwanda, and on-going International Criminal Court trials, paying particular attention to cases involving sexual violence and child soldiers.