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LAW8135 : Law of Armed Conflict

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Elliot Winter
  • Owning School: Newcastle Law School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To provide students with an awareness of the historical backdrop against which LOAC developed.

To provide students with a deep understanding of the principles of LOAC at a theoretical level.

To furnish students with the tools necessary to critically assess LOAC.

To enable students to apply LOAC to practical situations.

To stimulate students’ awareness of contemporary and future challenges for the law.

To develop students’ research skills.

To encourage student-driven learning.

Outline Of Syllabus

The proposed outline of the syllabus is as follows, with the proviso that topics and emphasis may change each year dependent upon current issues, controversies and developments.

Introduction to the Law of Armed Conflict
Conflict Classification (alternate)
Distinction of Persons
Distinction of Objects
Methods of Warfare
Means of Warfare
Regulating Emerging Military Technologies (alternate)

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion160:0060:00Own reading and revision of substantive module content, combined with directed readings
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture52:0010:00Non-synchronous online
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities80:152:00MCQs used to provide formative feedback on student understanding of factual content
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching82:0016:00In person classes (Flex – moved to synchronous online).
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1107:00107:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time12:002:00One two-hour exam preparation workshop.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time31:003:00Three one-hour Q&A sessions placed throughout the module for all students to ask questions
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The teaching methods have been adapted for delivery in the post-COVID environment and are based on the presumption that in-person drop-in sessions will be possible but that this needs to be supplemented by making alternative arrangements under ‘FLEX’ in case of limited scope for on Campus teaching.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1351A1003 out of 6 questions
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written Examination1MAnswer one question from two options.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination provides an important incentive for students to establish substantial knowledge in the subject. The examinations tests the demonstration of knowledge and understanding by applying the skills that need to be developed over the whole module. The examinations provides a means for testing students' ability to analyse, synthesise, deploy critical judgement and evaluate alternative arguments. It also allows candidates to demonstrate intended learning outcomes across a broad range of topics within the syllabus. MCQs will be used throughout the module linked to each of the seminar sessions, allowing for the provision of formative assessment and instantaneous feedback on student’s understanding of course material.

Alternative assessment for exam: if the exam cannot take place due to public health circumstances, it will be replaced with a 24 hour take home exam.

Reading Lists