International Humanitarian Law is an area of international law which appears to have undergone a revival in recent years.
However, the basic principles of international humanitarian law and the founding conventions in the field are longstanding. Any course in the area therefore requires an historical appreciation of the topic, a thorough understanding of the relevant international conventions – especially the Geneva Conventions and the Additional Protocols – mixed with a contemporary understanding of some of the current issues which have arisen. This course aims to provide that mix between the historical, traditional, and contemporary aspects of international humanitarian law.
Topics covered in the course may include:
the historical evolution of international legal norms
the principles determining the rules applicable in different conflict situations
the relationship between human rights and humanitarian law norms
the role of the ICRC in general, as well as in specific conflicts
enforcement of international humanitarian law; the Security Council and international war crimes tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia
new directions, including the challenges posed by international terrorist activities, and the emergence of new weapons.
Students must rely on the Approved Assessment which will be posted to the course homepage on the ANU Law website, prior to the commencement of the course.
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26 Contact Hours (Intensive Delivery)
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Offerings and Dates
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|5751||07 Aug 2014||07 Aug 2014||22 Aug 2014||23 Sep 2014||In Person||N/A|