In the course of study over the three weeks abroad (and the four meetings held prior to and following the program), we will examine the intertwined issues of genocide and international justice. We will focus on the meaning of justice and its various dimensions including calls for retribution, restoration, or some transitional middle ground. We will also explore how international justice is complicated by issues of sovereignty, denial, on-going violence, and rejection of international jurisdiction. Specific historical and political foundations of various case studies will be examined, treaties and policies engaged, antecedents explored, and policy-makers and actors engaged. By using an actual historical case study from the conflict in Bosnia during the 1990s we will come to learn more about the complexity of international justice, its failures and successes, and the future potential for the world’s communities and nations in seeking and benefiting from the pursuit of justice.
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The Honors College / The International Center