The Reckoning: Understanding the International Criminal Court

Explore judgment, justice, and the International Criminal Court with these resources centered on the documentary film "The Reckoning".

This collection centers around the feature-length documentary film, The Reckoning: The Battle for the International Criminal Court. Ever since the Nuremberg Trials, individuals around the world have imagined how an international judicial body could be used to prevent genocide, crimes against humanity, and other violations of civil and human rights. In 2002, over 100 nations made this vision a reality with the establishment of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

This set of resources includes a self-paced workshop and a viewers' guide that provide valuable background information, teaching ideas and strategies to help lead your class in an engaging exploration of the the film. Also included are three short videos from the film, each one focused on an important dilemma raised by the court related to issues of sovereignty, impunity, and peace. These videos help students confront the complexity of justice in a global context, and make connections to their own lives.


  • Nuremberg Trials : An international court set up after World War II to try Nazi war criminals, named for the city in Germany where the trials took place. The proceedings were divided into two stages: The International Military Tribunal (IMT) prosecuted 24 high-ranking Nazi leaders. Following the IMT, the United States, with the approval of other nations, prosecuted other Nazi criminals at trials also held in Nuremberg.

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