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Human Rights and Human Wrongs:
Hate, Violence and the Search for Justice in the 21st Century
Steven D. Roper

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: This lecture series explores human rights violations, national and international responses and the future of justice and peace. The series begins by addressing the development of international human rights laws. These legal norms are then explored by using a number of country case studies. The series examines the development of the new International Criminal Court to try individuals for human rights violations and concludes by analyzing whether peace and justice are complementary or competitive using the case of the current conflict in Syria.

1. Genocide, War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity: The development of the concepts of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity and how the definition of these crimes has evolved over the last 70 years.
2. The Wars in the Former Yugoslavia: The creation of the first post-Nuremberg criminal tribunal, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). This lecture explores the wars that engulfed the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s.
3. Genocide in Africa: The Summer of 1994 in Rwanda: The Rwandan genocide in July 1994 in which approximately one million people were murdered and the response of the international community to the tragedy.
4. The Wars in Africa: Child Soldiers in Sierra Leone: The use of children in warfare and how the international community deals with children as victim and defendant in episodes of war crimes.
5. The Killing Fields: Genocide in Southeast Asia: The murder of approximately two million Cambodians by the Khmer Rouge, the arrest of Pol Pot and trial of leading figures.
6. Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa -  Truth versus Justice: The development of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the delicate balance between truth, justice and peace.
7. The International Criminal Court - A Moment that has Come (and Past?): The development of the International Criminal Court and principles of universal jurisdiction and the problem of creating global justice.
8. Are Peace and Justice Compatible?: This lecture series concludes by exploring the relationship of peace and justice with an application to the ongoing conflict in Syria.
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.

Time: 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Date: Wednesdays, March 14, 21, 28; April 4, 11, 18, 25; May 2
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member - $100
Non-member - $130
Cash will no longer be accepted as payment for lectures.

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