UNM Taos Course Description

Crimes Against Peace

UHON 205, Fall 2014

University of New Mexico – Taos

Tuesdays 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

                             Instructor:  Allen Ferguson, JD, MFA

Contact: 575-776-1118 or crimesagainstpeace@gmail.com

At the end of World War II, the United States, Russia, Britain and France established the Nuremberg Tribunal and with it the legal principle that waging aggressive war is a “Crime Against Peace” and “the supreme international crime.” The same year, the world adopted the United Nations Charter, proclaiming a determination “to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war.”  Despite concerted efforts to end war, it persists, and its peril has grown. In the words of John F. Kennedy, “Mankind must put an end to war – or war will put an end to mankind.” This course, drawing primarily on original sources, is designed to provide students with an understanding of legal and ethical principles dealing with war and peace.  Such an understanding is essential in order to evaluate world conflict situations; to critique official pronouncements about state violence; and to decide what course of action to take.

 This course meets one of the Humanities Core Requirements



You cannot register for this course online.  You must either go in person to Student Services, East Pueblo Hall, Klauer Campus, ORContact Dr. Thomas Shaw at 575-737-3755 or tmshaw@unm.edu, or contact Allen Ferguson at 575-776-1118 or crimesagainstpeace@gmail.com.