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Lessons in Leadership: Criminal Justice Approaches for Preventing Mass Atrocities

These videos provide an introduction to basic concepts covered in the “Lessons in Leadership” course, including definitions of mass atrocity categories, atrocity prevention, the role of criminal justice professionals during the Holocaust, testimony regarding the impact of mass atrocities on affected communities, and transitional justice after mass atrocities.

  • A black and white collage of people holding photos of their lost ones due to mass atrocities

    Run time: 13 min.

    This video provides an introduction to the four types of mass atrocities – crimes against humanity, war crimes, genocide, and ethnic cleansing – and discusses the importance of mass atrocity prevention.

  • Scott Straus speaking

    Run time: 10 min.

    This video introduces the early warning signs, risk factors, and triggers of mass atrocities.

  • Jewish refugees carrying their belongings as they are forced to walk down a road

    Run time: 9 min.

    This video examines the choices and motivations of various criminal justice professionals – judges, prosecutors, and law enforcement officers – during the Holocaust and the impact of their actions on Jews living in Germany between 1933 and 1945.

  • Wai Wai Nu speaking

    Run time: 8 min.

    In this video, Wai Wai Nu describes her family’s interactions with the criminal justice system in Burma leading up to the genocide of the Rohingya in 2017.

  • A photo of an United Nations hearing

    Run time: 9 min.

    This video discusses the origins of transitional justice in the aftermath of the Holocaust and the Second World War and discusses four key forms of transitional justice – truth seeking, prosecution, reparations, and prevention. Experts Yasmine Chubin and Ambassador Stephen Rapp as well as Rohingya activist Yasmin Ullah discuss the goals and challenges of transitional justice efforts, as well as the role of criminal justice professionals in the aftermath of mass atrocities.