Seminar on Transitional Justice and International Human Rights National Taiwan University
Addressing legacies of pervasive human rights and humanitarian law violations is essential to breaking cycles of violence. But trying to render justice for victims of mass atrocity and violations raises large conceptual and practical difficulties, particularly when a states political balance is delicate, society is divisive, prevailing narratives of the past are irreconcilable, resources are limited, and international actors get involved. Transitional justice has emerged as an approach to achieving justice in these complex settings, when states are emerging from conflict and authoritarian rule. This course is designed to provide students with an introductory understanding of transitional justice theory and the challenges faced when applying that theory in real contexts of transition to address legacies of mass human rights and humanitarian law violations. The course is based on the Socratic teaching method, which requires student participation in class discussion. Students are expected to read assignments before coming to class. In addition to lectures and class discussions, a range of experiential and participatory learning methods will be employed, including group projects, presentations, and role plays. All instruction, discussions, assignments, and examinations, including all student input, will be conducted in English.
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JAMES KENG-HUI LIN