The general theme of the course is: “The contemporary system of implementing International Humanitarian Law”. After an introductory study of Humanitarian Law in armed conflict (such as protection of victims and use of weapons), the course will deal with topical developments in the law and state practice at the diplomatic level, in the judicial field and during armed conflicts. The lectures and working groups will focus on the interplay between the more traditional rules governing the conduct of parties in armed conflict and new developments in the areas of collective reactions of states to violations of rules and recently created new methods and means of implementation. Among the topics to be addressed are: the regime on landmines, UN peace operations, safe areas, criminal responsibility and international war crimes tribunals.
Should there be any future extenuating circumstances which may impinge our teaching and assessment, these could necessitate modification of the course descriptions after 1 September. This will only happen in the event of strict necessity and the interests of the students will be taken into account. Should there be a need for any change during the course, this will be informed to all students on a timely basis. Modifications after 1 September 2023 may only be done with the approval and consent of the Faculty Board and Programme Director.