International Rule of Law
0.5 Credit

This course examines the concept and core principles of the Rule of Law. It examines the fundamental aspects required to ensure adherence to the Rule of Law, including equality before the law, reliability of the justice system, fairness in the application of the law, transparency, and equal access to justice. It also explores the major impediments to the Rule of Law, such as impunity and corruption; war crimes and genocide; human rights violations; discrimination; and political abuse, among others. Students examine how the Rule of Law breaks down in societies in conflict and how the different actors in the justice system, including security, police, the judiciary, lawyers, and civil society, have to work together to rebuild the Rule of Law and societies' faith in the legal and justice system. Historic injustices and the mechanisms to address them to ensure the continued development of peace and national reconciliation are also examined.