Reconciliation in a post-conflict society

  • Course description

    The overall objective of the course is to introduce students to the concept of reconciliation, justice. Students will learn about definitions of international crimes, criminal jurisdiction, international tribunals. They will learn how to apply legal sources to facts and they will discuss the possibility of reconciliation.
  • Main themes

    • International crimes
    • Individual responsibility – principles
    • Forms of participation in crimes
    • Defences
    • Procedure of international criminal courts
    • The impact of national and international tribunals on reconciliation within societies
  • Learning outcomes

    After finishing the course, a student:
    • Has a thorough knowledge of the main institutions of international system of justice, describes principles of their functioning and analyses their legal basis. 

    • Has a critical understanding of the various models of reconciliation in post-conflict societies, including threats and opportunities related to them, and their possible impact on the needs and rights of crisis-affected people.
    • Has proven to be able to identify and critically analyse problems associated with the execution of justice in the cases of violation of international obligations, and formulate adequate recommendations for response. 

    • Has the ability to solve the legal case studies concerning the liability of both the individuals and the state and non-state actors with a clear application of humanitarian standards and principles as well as respect for the needs of crisis-affected people. 

    Social competences:
    • Has shown to be able to transfer acquired knowledge to real life situations, in particular in a form of largely self-directed short research project. 

    Compares different models of justice and their impact on reconciliation, is able to critically assess their results within a given society, formulates opinions on models of reconciliation with reference to lessons learned in other countries.
  • Teaching and learning methodology

    The course is a combination of lectures and classroom. Students will be requested to take part in discussion and work within the group in order to defend their position in the debate at the end of the course. 
  • Assessment methods and criteria

    30 % - Activeness (presence, discussion, group presentation)
    70 % - two written tests (open and closed questions)
    The exam will try to assess the passive knowledge of the contents of the course, and also the applicability of this knowledge in a practical situation. 

Last updated: 21 May 2018

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