Global Outlwas? Law & Crime
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Undergraduate Studies
Department: Social Sciences
Course Number: NPOL 3311
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
- Social Sciences
- Global Studies
In a world of conflict and catastrophe, is there such a thing as global justice? This course is an introduction to international criminal law (ICL) and its application to war, terrorism, environmental destruction, and the global financial crisis. We consider both philosophical and practical aspects of the prosecution, trial, and punishment of individuals accused of serious violations of international law and human rights. We study the origins and evolution of ICL, including the legal elements of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes, and the fundamentals of international criminal responsibility. The ability of courts and tribunals to prevent crimes and promote peace, security, and reconciliation is debated. In particular, we examine the creation and work of international criminal tribunals such as those established for the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Cambodia, and Lebanon, as well as the International Criminal Court (ICC). We consider the advantages and disadvantages of international versus national approaches to dealing with atrocities through litigation.This is an introductory course; prior knowledge of international law is not required.
Open to Undergraduate students.