PSCI 420 Spring 2015 Senior Seminar: Trials and Transitions (W)

Before the 1990s, the world saw only occasional, discrete war crimes trials after major-power cataclysms. In the last two decades, trials expanded dramatically in number, scope, and philosophy. Separate Ad Hoc Tribunals for crimes in Yugoslavia and those in Rwanda, in Sierra Leone and in Cambodia are giving way to a permanent International Criminal Court, which has begun to hand down indictments and refine its jurisdiction. At the same time, worries about residual impunity or the effect that punishment might have on societies' futures has led to the development of national and social courts to complement those at the international level. Models of transitional justice abound. This capstone seminar examines the intent, process, meaning and consequence of these new institutions, particularly in terms of national constitutions, international law, and principles of justice.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: four papers, longer final paper, class participation
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Prerequisites: senior standing or permission of the instructor
Enrollment Preference: Political Science majors concentrating in International Relations
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Divisional Attributes: Division II,Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: PSCI International Relations Courses,PSCI Research Courses
Enrollment Limit: 14
Expected Enrollment: 14
Class Number: 3738
PSCI 420 - 01 (S) SEM Sr Sem: Trials and Transitions (W) Division 2: Social StudiesWriting Intensive Cheryl Shanks
TF 1:10 PM-2:25 PM Hopkins Hall 105 3738
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