12:00 PM to 01:15 PM TR
Horizon Hall 4016
Section Information for Fall 2021
In this course, we will examine responsibility for the atrocity crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and aggression, through the lens of both moral and legal accountability mechanisms. The course will begin with an introduction to the moral notions of agency, responsibility, blame, and desert, as well as free will and moral luck. We will then consider the various understandings of responsibility within criminal law, the goals and application of criminal law, and justifications for punishment. In the middle of the course, we will explore and critically examine the various approaches to, and models of, justice and accountability that have been pursued to address political violence and bolster peace, including international criminal courts and tribunals, truth commissions, traditional or alternative justice mechanisms, amnesty laws, and reparations. We will close by examining some key debates within the realm of international justice, including the “peace versus justice” debate and the role of power and geopolitics in international justice.