Law of Armed Conflict (LAW-795AC-001)
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Our class will explore the legal regulation of armed conflicts. It will require each student to gain a practical understanding of how international law and domestic U.S. law and policy impact the planning, execution, and accountability for what is commonly called, “war.” Each chapter will cover a different range of legal issues; all chapters are unified by a common scenario with associated discussion problems. Students are expected to review these problems prior to reading each chapter. These problems will then provide the basis for class discussion related to the practical implementation of the substantive legal and policy rules.
This course examines two core prongs of law: the limitation on methods of warfare (such as bans on certain weapons) derived from the Hague tradition, and the protection of people not engaged in combat (especially civilians and prisoners of war) derived from the Geneva tradition. The course will take a scenario-based approach, paying particular attention to recent developments, including the merger of these two traditions, the proliferation of noninternational armed conflicts, the promulgation of new treaties banning various weapons and the increasing significance of non-governmental organizations in advocating for such treaties, and the challenge of applying this law to operations against transnational nonstate organizations associated with the “war on terrorism” and in the context of new technologies.
Textbooks and Other Materials
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Geoffrey S. Corn, et. al., The Law of Armed Conflict: An Operational Approach, 2nd Edition.
First Class Readings
Skim Chapter 1 – Legal Basis for Use of Force
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