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        The Reckoning: Should the United States Join the International Criminal Court?

        This lesson plan is designed to be used with the film, The Reckoning: The Battle for the International Criminal Court, which tells the history of this judicial body and the struggles it has faced since it was organized in 2002. Classrooms can use this film to explore U.S. policy related to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

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        The Reckoning: The Establishment of the ICC (Clip 1 of 2)

        In the first clip associated with The Reckoning lesson plan, a movement for an international court begins in the aftermath of the atrocities of World War II, and over time, the court is established. Students should consider how cases of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity were addressed before the establishment of the ICC and address whether they think there is a need for a global system of justice like the ICC.

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        The Reckoning: The Court and the U.S. (Clip 2 of 2)

        In the second clip associated with The Reckoning lesson plan, John Bolton, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under President George Bush, explains his opposition to the International Criminal Court. As a result, the U.S. is not a member of the court. Students should conduct research and build a case for why the United States should join the ICC, or a case for why it should not.

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