This course focusses on some of the legal and, to a lesser extent institutional, issues related to the conduct of United Nations peace operations (broadly defined) within the context of use of force by UN mandated or authorised forces.
Emphasis is placed on examining issues such as the role and powers of the UN Security Council, UNSC Resolution interpretation, UN peace operations doctrine, Rule of Law and the inevitable enmeshing of domestic and international law inherent in such operations.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate an advanced, specialised understanding of international law as it applies to UN peacekeeping operations;
- Analyse and critically engage with a number of UN peacekeeping operations case studies;
- Contribute to discussion, debate and analysis of the course topics informed by relevant scholarship and operational experience; and
- Plan and execute complex legal research with independence in order to produce original scholarship.
- Class contribution/participation (10) [LO 1,2]
- UNSC Resolution analysis paper (25) [LO 1,2,3]
- Research paper (65) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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Classes offered in non-standard sessions will be taught on an intensive base with compulsory contact hours (approximately 26 hours of face to face teaching). The course will also require advanced preparation through assigned readings. In total, it is anticipated that the hours required for completion of this course (class preparation, teaching and completion of assessment) will not exceed 120 hours. Classes offered during semester periods are expected to have 3 contact hours per week.
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Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsThere is no prescribed text for this course. However, should students wish to acquire a useful reference text, the following are recommended:
- Trevor Findlay, The
Use of Force in UN Peace Operations (OUP/SIPRI, 2002)
- Hitoshi Nasu, International Law on Peacekeeping (Martinus Nijhoff, 2009)
- Bruce Oswald, Helen Durham, and Adrian Bates, Documents on the Law of UN Peace Operations (OUP:
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