The course will explore the real functioning of global order in the 21stcentury, aiming to develop new strategies to prevent mass atrocities and to control international terrorism. It will expose the emergence of two international paradigms to manage violence that crosses borders: The national War on Terror launched in 2001 to protect the US, authorizing to kill “enemies” inside countries with which the United States is not at war, and the transnational criminal justice system established by the Rome Statute implemented since 2003 based on the idea that there are no enemies to kill but criminals with rights to be controlled, investigated and, eventually, punished. The course will use a series of cases study to analyze the functioning of the War on Terror and the Rome Statute, their interaction, and explore the ways to harmonize them. Both models are shaping the nation-states and the UN Security Council’s decision-making process.
Students will participate in role-playing exercises to experience how a variety of stakeholders made legal, military and political decisions. The course will analyze unresolved crisis like Afghanistan, Darfur, Syria, Ukraine and Palestine. To promote interdisciplinary thinking prominent scholars and prractitioners will be invited as guest lecturers. The course is cross-listed, and students’ different nationalities and professional backgrounds — political, diplomatic, military, legal and journalistic, — will provide a fundamental intercultural and interdisciplinary contribution.
Also offered by the Law School as 2945.