International Humanitarian Law is an area of international law that 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 of long standing. 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 that have emerged as a result of the application and interpretation of IHL in recent conflicts. This course thus aims to provide a coherent introduction to historical, traditional, and contemporary aspects of international humanitarian law.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:By the conclusion of this course, it is intended that students who have successfully completed all of the course requirements will be able to:
- Demonstrate a sound appreciation of the historical basis for the development of the law in the field;
- Demonstrate an advanced understanding of international law as it applies in the area of international humanitarian law with a specialised knowledge of the relevant international conventions and treaties, especially the four Geneva Conventions and two Additional Protocols to the Geneva Conventions;
- Demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of the application of international humanitarian law to the actions of military forces and the impact of the law upon the protection of civilian populations in specific contexts; and
- Plan and execute complex legal research in order to construct an in-depth, critical analysis of contemporary issues which have arisen in the application and interpretation of international humanitarian law.
Other InformationThis is an intensive course with 4 days of compulsory attendance required (see LLM timetable for dates).
Approximately 6 weeks from the completion of the intensive your final assessment will be due. Contact with fellow students and the convenor, both prior to the intensive and after, is conducted via the Wattle course site.
Indicative AssessmentStudents must rely on the Course Study Guide which will be posted to the Wattle course site approximately four weeks prior to the commencement of the course.
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Workload26 hours of face to face teaching (4 day intensive). The course will also require advanced preparation through assigned readings. In total, it is anticipated that the hours required for completion this course (class preparation, teaching and completion of assessment) will not exceed 120 hours.
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Requisite and Incompatibility
Students must rely on the approved Course Study
Guide which will be posted to the Wattle course site approximately 4 weeks
prior to the commencement of the course.
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