Crimes Against Humanity Seminar
Do you know what makes an act qualified as a crime against humanity, as opposed to an ordinary offense under (U.S.) criminal law? This seminar answers this question, and many other related ones, by examining the problem of definition of crimes against humanity in international criminal law. It uses a comparative perspective in relation to genocide and war crimes to explore the theoretical, historical, and practical problem of defining the most popularly invoked but at the same time most widely misunderstood crime under international law. It shows the potential, and limits, of using the criminal law at the national and international levels to address mass atrocities in countries seeking to transit from conflict to peace.