Transitional Justice



SLN #: 26327
Course Prefix: LAW-791
Course Section: 016
Credit Hours: 2
Instructor(s): Rothenberg

Course Description:
From the mid-20th century to the present, wars, insurgencies, ethnic unrest and the repressive actions of authoritarian regimes have produced enormous human suffering and the deaths of tens of millions, the majority of whom have been civilians. These conflicts have often involved significant and systematic violations of fundamental human rights, including genocide, torture, disappearances, massacres, rape and mass displacement. There is a growing international acknowledgment that building a responsive and democratic society and supporting the rule of law in the wake of atrocity requires an open engagement with the demands of victims and the scope of human suffering associated with systematic abuse through a variety of practices, policies and strategies known as “transitional justice”. This course provides an introduction to the emerging field of transitional justice by combining philosophical and legal reflections on issues of truth, justice and reconciliation with a review of key strategies such as prosecutions, amnesties, truth-telling, historical memory, reparations, vetting and institutional reform. These issues will be reviewed in relation to a number of case studies of societies that have developed and implemented a variety of mechanisms of transitional justice.

Additional Information:
Credit Hours: 2
Grading Option: Numeric Grade and ONE-Time Pass Option is Available, or Letter Grade Only
Graduation Writing Requirement: Yes, With Instructor's Approval*
Flexible Writing Requirement: Yes, With Instructor's Approval*
Skills Requirement: No
Note: Only one of the above listed requirements can be fulfilled with this course.
Limited Enrollment Number: 16
Final Exam Given: Yes
Final Exam Type: In-Class
Attendance Policy: Per Statement of Student Policies
Online Course Site: None