Victim's Rights and Advocacy at the International Criminal Court | L4197

Since World War II there have been some 250 conflicts throughout the world, leaving between 70-170 million victims. Unlike diseases or natural disasters, the injuries and tragedies of war are largely self-inflicted. Created in response to such outrages, the International Criminal Court ("ICC") stands as the first permanent juridical body prosecuting "atrocity crimes" such as genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. The ICC in historic fashion is attempting to give those once deprived of humanity a voice, permitting victims' direct participation in the trials of their abusers. The class will focus on the promises -- and notable pitfalls -- of these ground-breaking efforts to piece together the lives of the victims, and in so doing will also cover topics such as the origins of victims' rights, as well as the ICC's mandate, jurisdiction, and function. The text is T. Markus Funk, Victims' Rights and Advocacy at the International Criminal Court (Oxford University Press 2010). Grading will be based on class participation (30%), as well as on one in-class final exam (70%).

Prerequisites: None
Credit Hours: 3
ULW: This course does not satisfy the Upper Level Writing requirement (ULW)

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