PSCI 420
Senior Seminar: Trials and Transitions Spring 2015
Division II Writing Skills
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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.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 14
Expected: 14
Class#: 3738
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: four papers, longer final paper, class participation
Prerequisites: senior standing or permission of the instructor
Enrollment Preferences: Political Science majors concentrating in International Relations
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills
Attributes: PSCI International Relations Courses
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