Genocide, State Crime and the Law

Subject CRIM90007 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2-hour seminar per week for 12 weeks.
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: Admission to the postgraduate certificate/ diploma or fourth-year honours in criminology or socio-legal studies, or the Master of Criminology, Master of International Politics, Master of International Relations or Master of Development Studies.
Corequisites: none
Recommended Background Knowledge: Criminology, or Politics and International Studies at Undergraduate level
Non Allowed Subjects: none
Core Participation Requirements:

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Dr Jennifer Balint


Dr. Jennifer Balint

Subject Overview:

Genocide, State Crime and the Law examines the differing roles played by law and legal process in the wake of genocide and other forms of state crime. It examines the limitations and potentials of law in addressing mass harm, in particular analysing the role and function of law in societal reconstruction and reconciliation. Case studies analysed include Rwanda, South Africa, East Timor, the former Yugoslavia, the Holocaust, Australia and Cambodia.

  • Be familiar with a range of approaches to addressing genocide and state crime.
  • Understand the social, political, cultural and historical contexts of legal and quasi-legal responses to genocide and state crime.
  • Possess a critical understanding of these choices.
  • Be able to critically and constructively discuss the limitations and potentials of law in the context of addressing mass harm.
  • Be able to critically and constructively discuss the limitations and potentials of law in reconstruction and reconciliation.
Assessment: Written work of 5000 words (100%) due during the examination period.
Prescribed Texts:

A subject reader will be available for purchase from the University Bookshop.

Recommended Texts:
  • Lethe"s Law: Justice, Law and Ethics in Reconciliation, E. Christodoulidis and S. Veitch, eds, Hart Publishing, Oxford, 2001.
  • Between Vengeance and Forgiveness: Facing History after Genocide and Mass Violence, M. Minow, Beacon Press, Boston, 1998.
  • Radical Evil on Trial, N. Carlos Santiago, Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 1996.
  • Mass Atrocity, Collective Memory, and the Law, Mark J. Osiel, Transaction Publishers, New Brunswick, NJ, 1997.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • have highly developed cognitive, analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • have an advanced understanding of complex concepts and the ability to express them lucidly in writing and orally.
Related Course(s): Master of Criminology (CWT)
Master of International Politics
Master of International Relations
Master of International Studies
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Criminology
Socio-Legal studies
Socio-legal Studies

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