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.
*Disclaimer: This course has been updated to the best of our knowledge at the current time of publishing. Due to the Covid 19 pandemic and the fluctuating changes in lock down regulations all information contained within this course description are subject to change up to 1 September 2020.
Due to the uncertainty of the Covid 19 virus after 1 September 2020, changes to the course description can only be made in the event of strict necessity and only in the circumstances where the interests of the students are not impinged. Should there be a need for any change during the duration of the course, this will be informed to all students on a timely basis and will not be to the prejudice of students. Modifications after 1 September 2020 may only be done with the approval and consent of the Faculty Board.**