JJUA55102U Laws of Armed Conflict: Rules, Principles, Context
In the course of the seminar the students will be introduced to the core rules and principles of the laws of armed conflict and to some of the most important contemporary developments and challenges that are reshaping the law. Throughout, the seminar will focus on how the law responds to changes in warfare and to the emergence of new threats to state security, including global terrorism. To give a more comprehensive account of the challenges that face practitioners today, we will also consider issues usually seen as extrinsic to the laws of war, including issues relating to civil war and belligerent occupation.
Among the topics covered are
- Principles of use of force
- Conflict status and individual status
- War crimes
- Command responsibility
- Civil war
- Belligerent occupation
- Interface between laws of war and international humanitarian law
- Virtual warfare (drones)
- Legitimacy of warfare
The course aims to provide students with the analytical tools needed to
1) identify and critically reflect upon theoretical problems in the rules pertaining to war (laws of war and international humanitarian law) and
2) assess how these rules apply to a series of conflicts that fall outside their traditional scope.
Another learning objective of the course is to provide the students with an appreciation of the complex ways in which political change and technological developments impact the legal regulation of war.
The following textbook will be used:
Solis, Gary D., The Law of Armed Conflict. International Humanitarian Law in
War (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016).
Additional texts will be communicated at the beginning of the semester.
understand and speak English at a reasonable academic level. They are expected to attend and participate actively in seminars.
Please see further: http://jura.ku.dk/cilcc/education/international-law-crisis/
The CILCC Advanced Programme is open to all Danish and foreign MA students at the Faculty of Law. While it is possible to take this course individually, only students completing at least three of the four courses in the CILCC Advanced Programme package will receive a document confirming their participation in the programme.
- 15 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Oral examination, 20 minutesOral exam with preparation, 20 minutes
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- External censorship
- Exam period
Week 50, 2018 - Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Week 5, 2019 - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday