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:
- 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.
- Students must rely on the approved Class Summary which will be posted to the Programs and Courses site approximately 2 weeks prior to the commencement of the course. (null) [LO null]
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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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Students must rely on the approved Class Summary which will be posted to the Programs and Courses site approximately 2 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.
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