Curriculum Guide · Courses
International Crime of Genocide
J.D. Course 628 (cross-listed) | 1 credit hours
This course will have the following classes: (1) The Regulation of Genocide in International Law, (2) Acts of Genocide and their Context, (3) The Mental State Requirements of the Crime of Genocide, (4) Forms of Participation in the Crime of Genocide, (5) The Elements of the Crime of Genocide and the Means of Proof Digest, (6) Interpreting the Crime of Genocide, and (7) The Genocide Convention and the draft Crimes Against Humanity Convention. The course offers an in-depth study of genocide as one of the three main categories of international crimes, with frequent references to the categories of crimes against humanity and war crimes as well as to the crime of aggression. It discusses issues that are common to all these international crimes, such as their logical construction, the role of contextual elements, the balancing of mens rea and actus reus requirements, issues of proof, and the relationship between perpetration and other modes of liability. It also addresses aspects of interpretation particular to these international crimes, as well as the relationship between obligations to punish and to prevent. It ends with a class that carefully examines the merits of an ongoing international law-making initiative concerning crimes against humanity in light of the Genocide Convention.
This class will meet the first seven weeks of the Fall 2010 semester on the following dates: 8/30, 9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/12 (Monday classes meet instead of Tuesday classes), and 10/18.