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International Humanitarian Law

Vak 2010-2011

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.

Study material: To be announced

Examination: This course includes group work and is assessed by means of a final written exam.

Course dates: Monday 24 January until 28 March from 09:00-11:00 hrs at KOG Leiden, room to be announced.