Preventing Mass Atrocities: The Security Council and the International Criminal Court

Preventing Mass Atrocities: The Security Council and the International Criminal Court

Mr. Luis Gabriel Moreno Ocampo
Winter 2018 course
M, T, W, Th, F 9:00am - 1:00pm
2 classroom credits

Prerequisite: None

Exam Type: No Exam

The assessment will be based on attendance, class participation, short position papers to be presented in advance of each class, and on the completion of a final essay of up to 10 pages on a topic discussed in class that will be assigned.

This course will explore the functioning of global order in the 21st century focusing on the prevention of mass atrocities. It will study three coexisting and parallel normative systems: a) a system adopted by the UN Charter, establishing an order based on equal sovereign states under the UN Security Council’s authority on issues of international peace and security; b) a subsystem adopted by the Rome Statute where more than 120 states from all over the world, and an independent and permanent International Criminal Court work together to prevent, investigate and punishing atrocity crimes; and c) a “war on terror” system, , an operation led primarily by the US to use military forces against Islamic terrorism, launched in 2001 and is still ongoing. They are like three different software programs running on the same hardware.

The first part of the course will expose the origin of the three different normative systems, and the second part will explore the interrelation between them. There will be an emphasis how justice interventions are influencing the management of different conflicts, and the possibilities that may exist to harmonize the three systems. Aspects of the most serious crises of the 21st century will be analyzed, including North Korea 2017, Former Yugoslavia 1993, Uganda 2003/2009, Iraq 2003, Congo 2004, Colombia 2004/2017, Darfur 2003/2016, Libya 2011/17, Palestine 2009/2017, Kenya 2008/2014 and Venezuela 2017. The course will rely extensively on case studies and role-playing exercises to analyze how a variety of stakeholders made decisions. To promote interdisciplinary thinking prominent scholars in International Relations and International Law will be guest lecturers. The course is cross-listed and students’ different backgrounds, including political, diplomatic, military, legal and journalistic, and nationalities will provide a fundamental interdisciplinary and intercultural contribution.

Note: This course is jointly-listed with HKS as IGA 367M. It will be held at HKS and will meet between 9:00am and 1:00pm from Wednesday, January 3, 2018 through Friday, January 12, 2018

Subject Areas: International, Comparative & Foreign Law, Human Rights