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Seminar: Transitional Justice

Course number: L9165

This seminar will examine the legal, ethical, conceptual and policy issues confronting societies and successor governments in dealing with past violence and violations of human rights committed during the tenure of undemocratic and repressive regimes. It will review various sources of international law regarding state obligations in dealing with past violations and will consider a number of case studies to determine how and why emerging democracies (and in some cases, established democracies) have succeeded or failed in fulfilling these duties and in dealing with the past.