MA Diplomacy & International Law

Visual History Archives

Faculty Student Collaboration

The Visual History Archives, housed in AUP’s George and Irina Schaeffer Center for the Study of Genocide, Human Rights and Conflict Prevention, offer a unique opportunity for student-faculty collaboration. In consort with Professor Susan Perry’s research project on the notion of deterrence in international criminal law, over 50 graduate students have examined the testimonies of victims in order to analyze how deterrence functions in wartime. Through comparative analysis and extensive discussion, AUP graduate students have demonstrated that the crime of persecution is inextricably linked to the possibility of deterrence for core crimes. According to the archives, if persecution can be prevented, ethnic cleansing and genocide may be stymied.