Crimes Against Humanity & the Philosophy of International Law

New School for Social Research: Philosophy

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Crimes Against Humanity&I. Law

Spring 2022

Taught By: Jay Bernstein

Section: A

CRN: 10854

Credits: 3

Crimes against humanity refers to certain acts committed in the context of a large-scale, planned and/or systematic attack targeting civilians, often regardless of their nationality. The acts include murder, torture, sexual violence, enslavement, persecution, enforced disappearance, etc. Standardly, these attacks are carried out by the state itself or its agents or tolerated as if the destruction were state policy. The prohibition on crimes against humanity can only be a matter of international law because it concerns a state’s wrongful violence against its own citizens. Crimes against humanity thus reveal a fundamental limit on state sovereignty. Fundamental norms of international law, after a brief moment of flourishing, since 2001 have fallen victim to a “period sober disillusionment.” In this course, after working through the case for a crimes against humanity statute, we will interrogate the philosophical justifications and critiques of (post-natural law) fundamental international law principles, the meaning and limits of state sovereignty, the context between national self-determination and international law, “The Responsibility to Protect” (R2P) Principle , and a range of urgent international law issues including the proposal for an international law against ecocide.

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Philosophy (GPHI)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 6, 2022 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 17, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 10:27am 5/25/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 8:00pm - 9:50pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 912

Date Range: 1/25/2022 - 5/10/2022