This lower division course will explore the development of substantive international criminal law in the course of the past century. Against the background of humanitarian law and historical antecedents of modern international criminal law, students will examine the watershed developments resulting from the establishment of the Nuremberg and Tokyo Tribunals. The course will then focus on how these developments contributed to the elaboration of international conventions requiring the domestic criminalization of atrocities, during a time in which attempts to create an international criminal court were stymied by the UN’s institutional deadlock. Students will then survey the various international criminal justice mechanisms established after the conclusion of the Cold War and will analyze the substance of international criminal law as elaborated in the jurisprudence of these mechanisms. Following the Voyage itinerary, the course will have a significant focus on the law and politics of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and its impact in Croatia. It was also pay particular attention to the International Criminal Court proceedings arising out of the conflicts in Darfur, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Libya, and implications for the region.
Field WorkCountry: Croatia
This program will examine the impact of the Yugoslav wars across a range of sectors, and will raise questions about the need for and efficacy of accountability measures, including prosecution of perpetrators before international criminal courts. The program will include a tour of war affected areas of Croatia.