Midterm ReviewC100 International Law and ConflictSpring 2008Week 1

Midterm ReviewC100 International Law and ConflictSpring 2008Week 1

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1 Midterm Review C100 International Law and Conflict Spring 2008 Week 1: 1. 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? 2. What is the UN? What is its role in law and conflict? -The United Nations. The United Nations (UN) is an international organization whose stated aims are to facilitate cooperation in international law , international security , economic development , social progress and human rights issues. 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, testifying, reparations -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”, Vengeance. 4. What is the role of the media? Language and media? a. Hotel Rwanda 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: b. Language : Enemies, terrorists, cockroaches. “Us” versus them-language can result in actions. Free speech, government speech, propaganda c. Memory: 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? d. Identity: Polarizing identity characteristics
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e. Power: Somebody has more power than somebody else. f. History/Time/Place g. Justice: What is being done to right the wrong? Week 2-4: 1. What are some common (mis) conceptions of the Irish? Why might this be (consider the role of history, media, identity) -Drinkers, green, celtics, and fighters. 2. What are some of the main sources of conflict between the Irish and the British? -Religion. Irish were Catholics. The British were Protestants. 3. British Colonization of Ireland: a. Protestant Plantations : The Irish were forced off their land.
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  • Spring '08
  • Wakefield
  • Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Sinn Féin, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, The Troubles

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