Summer 2020 Course Schedule

IntlJstcforHmnRghtsViolations (LAW-725R-E001)
David Crane Helen Duffy

Meets: 10:00 AM - 11:50 AM (MTuWThF)

Enrolled: 6 / Limit: 22

Administrator Access


All summer 2020 classes will be taught online. Classes may have a combination of live sessions and asynchronous materials/assignments. The block of time listed here will be the maximum amount of live session meeting time expected of you and may be decreased to the extent of asynchronous material added. Students taking AHR and ADH specific classes that want to write a longer paper for an extra credit may enroll in LAW-799 Human Rights & Humanitarian Law Independent Study (1 credit).


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.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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All Readings will be provided in a digital format. Students will not be required to purchase any textbooks.

First Class Readings

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