International Criminal Law
This course will provide a broad overview of the extensive recent developments in International Criminal Law, commonly referred to as the law of atrocity. These developments began in the early 1990s with the creation of a series of ad hoc tribunals to prosecute mass violence, killings and human rights violations that had taken place in Eastern Europe, the Far East or Africa.
The material will cover the three major crimes of ICL – War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity and Genocide – as well as the major ICL involvements and developments in the U.S. It will highlight the remarkable creation of the International Criminal Court (ICC), the first permanent, forward-looking court with jurisdiction to prosecute international crimes either within or with regard to the nationals of over 120 countries. Small teams of students will be asked to investigate and report back to the class with regard to one of the major cases or controversies then in progress. Grading will be divided evenly between class participation and a three-hour take-home exam. The open window for taking the exam will cover roughly the first half of the exam period. Enrollment will be limited to 20 students.