C100 International Law and Conflict
What is international law and conflict?
-Human rights law. International criminal tribunal. Conflict where a lot of countries are involved
-Is Hotel Rwanda an international conflict? Why or why not?
What is the UN? What is its role in law and conflict?
-The United Nations. The United Nations (UN) is an international organization
aims are to facilitate cooperation in
3. What are justice and methods of justice? Why might justice be different for everyone?
How might law be invoked differently?
Proper ordering of things and persons within a society. It involves punishment, retribution,
reconciliation, reparations, truth/accountability, vengeance, and amnesty.
-Methods of justice: trials, international courts, truth commissions, amnesty, forgiveness,
-Differing definitions of justice: what factors affect this, nature of crime, culture, perceptions of
likelihood of punishment, closure, moving on.
-Law can be invoked in numerous ways: Nuremburg Trials (WWII), Good Friday Agreement
(Ireland), Truth Commissions (Argentina, South Africa), International Court (Bosnia, Rwanda),
local courts (Rwanda Gacaca Courts), Amnesty, Incentives for “truth and reconciliation”,
4. What is the role of the media? Language and media?
5. What is power? What are the two different kinds and examples of each?
-Power: Capacity to acquire material resources (money, land, food) and social resources
(prestige, influence). Always a question of inequality.
-Coercive force (domination). E.g. Apartheid
-Hegemonic force (seems natural to be powerless). E.g. poverty, police force
6. What is the role of each of the following in law and conflict:
: Enemies, terrorists, cockroaches. “Us” versus them-language can
result in actions. Free speech, government speech, propaganda
Historical conflict, importance of time, place, history, memory. Living
on in the space. Memorials. Whose story is being told? How is it being told?
What is done to right the wongs?
Polarizing identity characteristics