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From Nuremberg to Syria:
War Crimes and the Development of International Human Rights Law
Steven D. Roper

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: The last 70 years has seen significant increase in the areas of war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity. Since the Nuremberg Principles, we have seen an expansion in the definition of these crimes, types of defendants as well as the development of institutions to try individuals. This frequency led to the creation of the International Criminal Court which is the first-ever permanent court to try individuals for such crimes. These crimes have occurred against a background of some of the worst human rights violations since World War II in places such as Bosnia, Rwanda, Cambodia and Sudan. While there are laws and an international court, groups such as ISIS, as well as governments such as Syria, continue to violate basic human rights. This lecture discusses the Nuremberg Principles, which have served as a foundation for the development of international human rights law and using country case studies, explains the nature of the crimes and their frequency since World War II and, ultimately, the limits of international law to bring perpetrators to justice.

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Dr. Steven D. Roper is the Executive Director of the Peace, Justice and Human Rights Initiative and Professor of Political Science at Florida Atlantic University. His research explores the design and the implementation of transitional justice with a focus on conflict resolution mechanisms. He is the author of four books and over fifty articles and book chapters. Dr. Roper is Editor-­in-­Chief of the journal Human Rights Review.

FPL12062
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Date: Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member - $30 per event
$75 for any combination of three events, members only
$120 for any combination of eight events, members only

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Non-member - $35
Cash will no longer be accepted as payment for lectures.

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