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LAW8135 : Law of Armed Conflict (Inactive)

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

•       To provide students with a thorough knowledge and understanding of the international regime applicable in armed conflict;
•       To provide students with an awareness of the historical backdrop against which the regime developed;
•       To stimulate students’ awareness of contemporary, and future, challenges for the law;
•       To ensure that students understand the relationship between the law of armed conflict and other relevant regimes such as international human rights law;
•       To provide an exposition of how violations of the law are identified and enforced; and to consider the limitations inherent in this context;
•       To develop students’ capacity for critical analysis and problem solving;
•       To develop students’ research skills through the preparation of coursework and class presentations;
•       To encourage student-driven learning.

Outline Of Syllabus

•       History and sources of the law of armed conflict
•       Conflict qualification and the differences between international armed conflicts and non-international armed conflicts
•       Conduct of hostilities and the principal substantive rules regulating conflict
•       Protected persons and objects
•       Relationship to other regimes such as international human rights law
•       Enforcement through state and individual responsibility
•       Consideration of case studies and the rules in operation

List of Seminars (Provisional):

1.       Introduction (History, Actors, Key Treaties)
2.       Conflict Qualification I: International Armed Conflicts
3.       Conflict Qualification II: Non-International Armed Conflicts
4.       The Conduct of Hostilities I: Distinction
5.       The Conduct of Hostilities II: Proportionality and Precautions
6.       The Conduct of Hostilities III: Methods of Warfare
7.       The Conduct of Hostilities IV: Means of Warfare
8.       The Conduct of Hostilities V: Regulating New Technologies
9.       The Conduct of Hostilities VI: Protected Persons
10.       The Conduct of Hostilities VII: Protected Objects
11.       Related Regimes I: LOAC and International Human Rights Law
12.       Related Regimes II: LOAC and the Law of Occupation
13.       Enforcement of the Law of Armed Conflict
14.       Case Studies (Student Led)
15.       Revision Seminar

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

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