PSCI 325
International and Transitional Justice Spring 2017 Division II; Writing-Intensive; Cross-listed as PSCI325 / JLST402
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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. The UN Security Council, alongside national governments, decides on legitimacy and punishment. 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, as well as national military tribunals, to complement those at the international level. Meanwhile, national activists look to international apologies and reparations for models of what to demand. Examples of internationalized transitional justice abound. This research seminar examines the intent, process, meaning and consequence of these new practices, particularly in terms of national constitutions, international law, and principles of justice.
The Class: Type: seminar
Limit: 14
Expected: 14
Class#: 3671
Requirements/Evaluation: four papers, longer final paper, class participation
Prerequisites: Political Science major or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preference: Political Science majors concentrating in International Relations
Distributions: Division II; Writing-Intensive;
Attributes: PSCI International Relations Courses; PSCI Research Courses;

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