This course examines the relationship between law and warfare, including the historical evolution of the law of war (including Shakespeare's Henry V); war crimes and crimes against humanity, and their punishments; the Geneva Conventions; the growth of international human rights; and the concept of genocide. We examine the trial of Nazi war criminals at Nuremberg, the 1968 massacre at My Lai in Vietnam, the ongoing persecution of the Rohinga in Myanmar; the International Criminal Court, and post-9/11 US policies on detention, torture, and trial, including the response of Congress and the Supreme Court, and related topics. The focus is on broad concepts of law, justice, and accountability in warfare and genocide. No prior knowledge of legal or military systems is required.
Harvard Division of Continuing Education
Harvard Extension School