International Humanitarian Law (LAW-620-001)
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This course introduces students to basic rules and principles that govern the conduct of contemporary armed conflicts. Particular attention is devoted to how to identify and classify armed conflicts and their applicable rules, how to distinguish civilians from combatants, when civilians and civilian objects become lawful targets of attack, the duties of both attackers and defenders to protect civilians, how IHL deals with terrorism, how IHL and Human Rights Law interrelate during situations of armed conflict, and whether the US’s ongoing War on Terror is an armed conflict under existing IHL. Students may elect to write a 35- page paper of publishable quality, which can satisfy the Upper-Level Writing Requirement, or take the 24 hour, open book, take home exam.
Textbooks and Other Materials
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Students can purchase the multi-volume xeroxed text, International Humanitarian Law: Problems and Materials, from the Course Packet Center, located in Room T07 in the Yuma building.
First Class Readings
Historical Background; Jus Ad Bellum & the Just War Tradition: Read pp. 3-29 in Volume 1
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