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LAWS 6673 Law of War, War Crimes and Genocide (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

This course examines the development of the law of armed conflict and the prosecution of war crimes, and the legal aspects of genocide. Topics include The Hague and Geneva Conventions, the International Military Tribunals at Nuremberg (1945), and Tokyo (1946), the My Lai massacre in Vietnam (1968), the Rwandan genocide (1994), the Genocide Convention, and the Convention Against Torture. We also consider litigation over the status and rights of detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, issues presented by drone warfare and targeted assassinations, and new assertions of jurisdiction over war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, including The International Criminal Court. Related topics, such as the defense of superior orders and the doctrine of command responsibility, and law and the future of war, will also be considered. Breaking developments will be incorporated into class discussion.


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Last Updated: 07-Oct-15