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International Justice for Human Rights Violations - 2024

May 27, 2024 - Jun 14, 2024

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The Academy of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law presents the online summer course: "International Justice for Human Rights Violations".

Come to Washington, D.C. and meet the top human rights experts! Professor David Crane, Founding Chief Prosecutor, and Special Court for Sierra Leone & Former under Secretary General UN, and Professor Helen Duffy, Founder of Human Rights in Practice in The Hague, Netherlands, will be teaching the course "International Justice for Human Rights Violations."

Learn from their experiences, and deepen your knowledge on the development of individual criminal accountability for mass atrocities and acquire an overview of the substantive elements of international criminal law through emblematic cases presented to the International Criminal Court.

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 Course: International Justice For Human Rights Violations - American University Washington College of Law


One of the major advances of the human rights movement in recent decades has been the development of individual criminal accountability for mass atrocities. Fifty years after the establishment of the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg and its partner in the Far East, the international community in 1998 created an International Criminal Court on the heels of ad-hoc war crimes tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia. The same year, 1998, former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, was arrested in England under the principle of “universal jurisdiction.” Since then, post-conflict tribunals have been created in Cambodia, Kosovo, East Timor, and Sierra Leone among others, while universal jurisdiction prosecutions have multiplied. This course will examine that historical evolution, and the tensions between the pursuit of justice and realpolitik in the achievement of political settlements. The class will begin with an overview of the key substantive elements of international criminal law, followed by a survey of the institutional architecture employed to achieve accountability in different contexts, and the particular evidentiary and procedural challenges posed by such cases.

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Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

(202) 274-4295