- Code HUMN8023
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Humanities
- Areas of interest Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Development Studies, History, Museums and Collections
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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- appreciate the historical basis for the development of the law in the field;
- understand the relevant international conventions and treaties, especially the four Geneva Conventions and two Additional Protocols to the Geneva Conventions;
- appreciate some of the contemporary issues which have arisen in the application of international humanitarian law in recent conflicts such as Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya; and
- understand the application of international humanitarian law to the actions of military forces and the impact of the law upon civilian populations.
- Take-home examination, 50% (LO 1-4) (50) [LO null]
- Written essay, 3,000 words, 50% (LO 1-4) (50) [LO null]
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WorkloadIntensive delivery - 130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 26 hours of contact; and b) 104 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Yoram Dinstein (2010) The Conduct of Hostilities under the Law of International Armed Conflict, 2nd Edition, Cambridge University Press.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|5405||01 Apr 2020||24 Apr 2020||24 Apr 2020||30 Jun 2020||In Person||N/A|