Thematic Short Course: International Criminal Law and Transitional Justice
MAY 15 - 19, 2017
Who can be held accountable for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide? Can the international criminal justice system effectively prevent the commission of such atrocities? How can transitional justice mechanisms help societies come to terms with past violence and assist in the search for truth and reconciliation? This thematic seminar explores the historical and theoretical foundations of criminal and transitional justice efforts and provides participants with an introduction to judicial and non-judicial mechanisms available to ensure accountability, serve justice and achieve reconciliation.
Explore the historical and theoretical foundations of criminal and transitional justice efforts, and analyse the judicial and non-judicial mechanisms available to ensure accountability, serve justice and achieve reconciliation.
By the end of the seminar, participants will be able to:
- Identify key norms and instruments of international criminal law and transitional justice
- Apply the law in concrete situations and use it to support victims of injustice
Learning outcomes in terms of knowledge - Understanding of
- the main organs and norms of international criminal law
- the rights of victims ans accused before international criminal courts
- the non-judicial organs implemented after mass crimes
Learning outcomes in terms of skills - Capacity to
- apply the law in concrete situations
Learning outcomes in terms of analytical competences - Ability to
- analyse goals of various mechanisms after mass crimes and their efficiency from legal and sociological perspectives
- critically assess the opportunities and limitations of the use of legal mechanisms for responding mass crimes
2 ECTS - Credits recognized by the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.