520B
LAW
Genocide, Bureaucracy & War Crimes Trials in Historical Perspective

Law School Description

Faculty members or visiting scholars present selected topics focusing upon subject areas in their area of specialty or expertise.

UH Mānoa Catalog Description

Faculty members or visiting scholars present selected topics focusing upon subject areas in their area of specialty or expertise. (B) topic 1; (C) topic 2; (D) topic 3; (E) topic 4; (F) topic 5; (G) topic 6; (H) topic 7; (I) topic 8; (J) topic 9; (K) topic 10; (M) topic 11; (N) topic 12; (O) topic 13; (P) topic 14; (Q) topic 15.

Notes

This course is a seminar cross-listed with the History Department graduate program. The core issue is how to assess individual responsibility in the context of state-sponsored mass atrocity. Genocide is not the work of individual perpetrators acting independently but is rather the product of a systematic and highly organized attempt to exterminate a particular group of human beings. A wide variety of governmental and non-governmental organizations and institutions typically contribute to the planning and implementation of a genocide and individuals often try to hide behind the anonymity and fragmented responsibility of bureaucratic hierarchies. Yet ultimately it is the actions of discrete individuals, from the direct perpetrator who pulls a trigger or wields a machete to the bureaucratic functionary who may be far removed from scenes of death and violence, that are responsible for implementing the genocide policies formulated by national leaders. We will consider a series of readings that examine the tension between the roles of individuals and the collective action that makes genocide possible. These include key cases that from WWII to today that have defined the contours of individual responsibility as well as books that consider the nature of responsibility in complex organizations and the motivations and conduct of individuals who participate in mass murder.

Credit(s) for this CRN

2

Instructor Approval

No

Competition

No

Bar Course

No

Clinical Requirement

No

Textbooks

THE DESTRUCTION OF THE EUROPEAN JEWS (study edition)
Author: R. Hilberg
ISBN: 9780841909106
This book is required.
Publisher: Holmes & Meier
Comments: Purchase through Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Destruction-European-Student-Volume-Edition/dp/0841909105
MODERNITY AND THE HOLOCAUST
Author: Z. Bauman
ISBN: 9780801487194
Publisher: Cornell Univ. Press
Comments: Purchase through Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Modernity-Holocaust-Zygmunt-Bauman/dp/0801487196
ORDINARY MEN: RESERVE POLICE BATTALION 101 AND THE FINAL SOLUTION IN POLAND [Paperback]
Author: C. Browning
ISBN: 978-0060995065
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Comments: Purchase through Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Ordinary-Men-Reserve-Battalion-Solution/dp/0060995068
WHEN VICTIMS BECOME KILLERS
Author: M. Mandami
ISBN: 978-0691102801
Publisher: Princeton Univ Press
Comments: Purchase through Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/When-Victims-Become-Killers-Colonialism/dp/0691102805
VOICES FROM S-21
Author: D. Chandler
ISBN: 978-0520222472
Publisher: University of California Press
Comments: Purchase through Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Voices-S-21-Terror-History-Secret/dp/0520222474
THE KEY TO MY NEIGHBOR’S HOUSE
Author: E. Neuffer
ISBN: 978-0312302825
Publisher: Picador
Comments: Purchase thorough Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Key-My-Neighbors-House-Seeking/dp/0312302827

Instructor(s)

Office Hours

By Appointment

Support Specialist

Julie Suenaga

Class Schedule

W
1:30pm - 3:20pm

Dates

August 26, 2013 to December 20, 2013

Classroom

Seminar Room 3

Course Reference Number

79679