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LEWIS Mark A. - Crimes against Humanity and International Justice (8h)

This compact seminar will introduce students to the intellectual and political history of two 20th century legal concepts – “crimes against humanity” and genocide – and contrast them with an older concept: violations of the laws and customs of war. We will briefly survey various types of international tribunals, contrasting them with truth and reconciliation commission and national courts operating under universal jurisdiction (which are alternatives to dealing with mass crimes). We will discuss some controversies sparked by international tribunals: how the courts write and rewrite history; whether they create reconciliation or animosity in the domestic societies where the crimes occurred; and whether there is a double-standard for certain countries (both East and West) that do not belong to the permanent International Criminal Court. // ECTS Card

Professor: Mark A. LEWIS