International Humanitarian Law (LAW-620-001)
John Cerone, Tracey Begley
Meets from 05/30 - 06/16. Students may earn academic credit for up to two credits per week in the summer semester (excluding full semester courses). This course counts toward the two credit per week limit. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This course will explore the development and application of international humanitarian law (IHL), also known as the jus in bello or the law of armed conflict. It will examine the origins of this body of international law, and trace its codification from the mid-19th century to the present day. The class will consider the challenges posed to the application of IHL by contemporary armed conflicts and the changing nature of warfare. Topics to be discussed include: the principles underpinning IHL, the qualification of armed conflict, targeting, the notion of direct participation in hostilities, the regulation of private military and security companies, humanitarian action during armed conflict, the role of the International Committee of the Red Cross, protection of vulnerable populations, and the protection of persons hors de combat. Questions to consider throughout the course include: What is international humanitarian law / the law of armed conflict? What are its purposes? How is it created, interpreted, applied, and enforced, and how does it evolve? To what extent does it differ from other bodies of international law in this regard?
Textbooks and Other Materials
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First Class Readings
Identify one issue of international humanitarian law that has been in the news recently, and be prepared to discuss it in class.
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