Corporations, Conflict and International Crimes

2018-2019

Course Objective

The course corporations, conflict and international crimes deals with
the
involvement of corporations in international crimes and other gross
human rights violations. While using a criminological approach we also
use insights, knowledge and theories from various disciplines including
history, social psychology, organizational sciences, business ethics and
political science. Moreover, multiple areas of law are relevant
including public international law, human rights law and international
and national criminal law. Because the participants in the course have
various backgrounds (they are lawyers, political scientists,
psychologists, sociologists, anthropologists and, obviously,
criminologists) and because the subject is interdisciplinary by nature,
students are encouraged to critically assess the existing viewpoints as
well as to bridge the gaps between disciplines (most notably law and
social sciences). Moreover, not a lot of research about this subject
exists,
encouraging students to develop their own critical and creative ideas
regarding the subject, the different approaches, and the available
theories. For the final assignment students write an individual
research paper on a topic they choose themselves.

Course Content

- Corporate crime
- White collar crime
- International crimes (genocide, crimes against humanity and war
crimes)
- Corporate Social Responsibility
- Business ethics
- Totalitarian/authoritarian regimes and the role of business
- International conflict and the role of business
- Non-international conflict and the role of business
- Private military/security firms
- Resource curse and trading conflict commodities

Teaching Methods

The course consists of 7 x 2 sessions. In each week, a particular theme
or element in the criminological analysis of corporate involvement in
international crimes is addressed. Every week, the Monday lecture will
provide a general overview of knowledge, research and literature on
these particular issues. During the Friday seminars this general
knowledge will be applied to actual cases of (alleged) corporate
involvement in international crimes. The seminars are interactive, and
based on the assignments you have to hand in via Canvas, the lectures,
and the literature of that week.

Method of Assessment

Obligatory assignments (pass or fail)
Paper

Literature

The literature consists of a selection of articles and reports including
Wim Huisman's Business as Usual
(http://www.bju.nl/juridisch/catalogus/business-as-usual-1).

Target Audience

Apart from regular students, the course is also available for:
Students from other universities/faculties
Exchange students (Master)
Contractor (students who pay for one course)

This course is only available to bachelor exchangestudents who can show
they have completed 3 revelant bachelor courses such as criminology,
white-collar/organizational crime, international criminal law, human
rights, corporate social responsibility/sustainable development or
something similar. Please contact the course coordinator.

This is an interdisciplinary course, inviting students from many
backgrounds including criminology, (international) law, human rights,
psychology, anthropology etc. We especially welcome students of
(international) business administration and economics. Students are
encouraged to use their existing knowledge but in order to complete the
course will also have to be willing to delve into other disciplines.

Recommended background knowledge

Exchange students need to have an understanding of either
(international) law or criminology/other social science. Most
importantly they have to be willing to study during the course to make
up for the knowledge they lack (limited of course to the course
subject).
In general students from other backgrounds such as social psychology,
economics, business, organizational studies, conflict studies, IR etc
are welcomed because the add to the interdisciplinary of the course. It
is our experience that motivated students from these disciplines can add
value to the discussion in class.

General Information

Course Code R_CorIC
Credits 6 EC
Period P4
Course Level 500
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Law
Course Coordinator prof. dr. mr. W. Huisman
Examiner prof. dr. mr. W. Huisman
Teaching Staff

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Teaching Methods Lecture, Study Group
Target audiences

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