MINT197 | Autumn | 3 ECTS

Accountability for Atrocity Crimes: Current Issues

This course examines how accountability for mass atrocities can be pursued, by reviewing the respective contributions of different mechanisms, including the International Criminal Court and international commissions of inquiry. It provides an opportunity to study the definition of atrocity crimes (or the so-called “core” international crimes: war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide); review the contribution of domestic/national courts and of international criminal courts in fostering accountability for these crimes; examine how international fact-finding support accountability; and discuss the potential of transitional justice, for instance the importance of reparations for victims. This course combines discussions of legal concepts and of practical examples, with a focus on current or emerging issues.