This course is about the successes and failures as well as the challenges and critiques of international criminal justice. It surveys the complex legal, political, philosophical, historical, military, gendered and cultural issues that have emerged in the fight against impunity for the perpetrators of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and aggression. Despite the entry force of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court almost twenty years ago – and its ratification by 123 states – the pursuit of international criminal justice in international relations and law is still considered to be controversial or, to say the least, in a state of evolution. This course aims to equip students to approach international criminal justice from diverse and critical perspectives, as well as to enable them to assess if and how justice and accountability for international crimes should be pursued.
This course is for 2nd year MIA and MPP students only.