Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Seats available: Post-conflict Justice: Holding Despotic Leaderships to Account

This course is being taught by Prof & former Ambassador Feisal Istrabadi, who also serves as faculty in the Maurer School of Law. His full bio can be found here.  Please share with your students.



Instructor: Istrabadi, Feisal Amin
Day & Time: MW 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM
Building & Room: Ballantine Hall 015
Credit Hours: 3.0

Post-conflict Justice: Holding Despotic Leaderships to Account: Despite a long-standing international legal norm against the targeting of civilians in armed conflict, experts estimate that no less than 100 million civilians were killed in the course of such conflicts in the twentieth century. Since the trials of the German and Japanese leaderships for the crimes they perpetrated during the Second World War, there has been some precedent of holding high-ranking individuals to account for the commission of crimes against humanity, war crimes, and genocide. This course will examine the legal, historical, political, and philosophical underpinnings of the modern era of accountability, starting with the first modern international tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda in the mid-1990s, through to the International Criminal Court. Topics to be considered will include impunity (especially in ostensible exchange for peace) and amnesty, as well alternatives to international and hybrid judicial systems, such as local tribunals, truth and reconciliation systems, and other alternatives. This class would interest students interested in, inter alia, international human rights issues, the laws of war, and conflict resolution.