International Justice For Human Rights Violations (LAW-725R-001) | Available Online

Online Course:

10:00 AM - 11:50 AM (EST), Monday - Friday.

Professors:

  • David Crane, Founding Chief Prosecutor, Special Court for Sierra Leone & Former Under Secretary General, United Nations
  • Helen Duffy, Founder, Human Rights in Practice, The Hague, The Netherlands, and Professor of human rights and humanitarian law, Leiden University

Course Description:

One of the major advances of the human rights movement in recent decades has been the development of individual criminal accountability for mass atrocities. Fifty years after the establishment of the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg and its partner in the Far East, the international community in 1998 created an International Criminal Court on the heels of ad-hoc war crimes tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia. The same year, 1998, former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, was arrested in England under the principle of “universal jurisdiction.” Since then, post-conflict tribunals have been created in Cambodia, Kosovo, East Timor, and Sierra Leone among others, while universal jurisdiction prosecutions have multiplied. This course will examine that historical evolution, and the tensions between the pursuit of justice and realpolitik in the achievement of political settlements. The class will begin with an overview of the key substantive elements of international criminal law, followed by a survey of the institutional architecture employed to achieve accountability in different contexts, and the particular evidentiary and procedural challenges posed by such cases.

Human Rights Events

September 18 12:00PM-1:00PM Power, Policing, & Tech September 22 12:00PM-1:00PM Online via Zoom Human Rights 101 September 23 12:00PM-1:00PM Online via Zoom International Suite Talk featuring Charles Di Leva, The World Bank’s Chief Officer for Environmental and Social Standards September 24 11:00AM-12:30PM Online via Zoom 15th International Commercial Arbitration Annual Lecture: Seven Dirty Tricks to Disrupt Arbitral Proceedings and the Responses of International Arbitration Law September 30 12:00PM-1:00PM Online via Zoom International Suite Talks Series October 02 12:00PM-1:00PM Online via Zoom American University Law Review Federal Circuit Fridays Series: Veteran's Law Keynote Address October 07 12:00PM-1:00PM Online via Zoom International Suite Talks Series October 09 12:00PM-1:00PM Online via Zoom American University Law Review Federal Circuit Fridays Series: Patent Law Panel Discussion October 13 4:00PM-7:00PM Day 1- 22nd Annual Hispanic Law Conference (HLC): What's at Stake for Latino/a/x Communities in 2020? COVID-19, Census, Elections, and Social Justice Movements October 14 12:00PM-1:00PM Online via Zoom International Suite Talks Series October 14 4:00PM-7:00PM Day 2- 22nd Annual Hispanic Law Conference (HLC): What's at Stake for Latino/a/x Communities in 2020? COVID-19, Census, Elections, and Social Justice Movements October 15 4:00PM-7:00PM Day 3 - 22nd Annual Hispanic Law Conference (HLC): What's at Stake for Latino/a/x Communities in 2020? COVID-19, Census, Elections, and Social Justice Movements Events Calendar ... Find more events in our events calendar
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