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030205 KU Law & International Security (2020S)

Formerly calied: Law & Politics of International Conflict Management

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 3 - Rechtswissenschaften
Continuous assessment of course work

Registration/Deregistration

Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).

Details

max. 20 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Dear Students,
It is safe to assume that we will continue to be on lock-down by the time this course commences.
This course will therefore meet normally at the times indicated, but online on Zoom.
It is an extremely good idea to begin to acquaint yourself with the readings already now. The material is now fully online available at https://ucloud.univie.ac.at/index.php/s/a6Nai7ZAMsBYuGz

I will accept students beyond the limit indicated, so all are welcome!

Monday 04.05. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum SEM63 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 6.OG
Wednesday 06.05. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum SEM63 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 6.OG
Monday 11.05. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum SEM62 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 6.OG
Wednesday 13.05. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum SEM63 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 6.OG
Monday 18.05. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum SEM63 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 6.OG
Wednesday 20.05. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum SEM63 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 6.OG
Monday 25.05. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum SEM63 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 6.OG
Wednesday 27.05. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum SEM63 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 6.OG
Wednesday 03.06. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum SEM63 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 6.OG
Monday 08.06. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum SEM63 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 6.OG

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

Conflict is a normal part of human life, so its presence at the international level should not surprise us. Still, human beings are social animals and require security to sustain communal life, usually provided by states. The current international security architecture is built on particular axiomatic conceptions of how states operate, many of which have become increasingly tenuous. This course presents the genesis of this architecture in the two world wars and ensuing Cold War, and its drastic transformation since 1989.
Since then, the landscape of conflict has dramatically changed, arms control has become eclipsed by proliferation concerns, and inter-state warfare by asymmetric, often criminal violence. As states have become weaker or collapsed outright, fighting has become more asymmetric, while drastically better communication channels have given remote local struggles global bearing. Consequently, international efforts to address violent conflict have multiplied, for instance through peace-keeping, peace-making, territorial administration, sanctions, mediation, etc. But the intransigence of many such conflicts has likewise exposed the limitations of the existing institutional, legal and conceptional tool-box.
This course presents the changing character of violence and international efforts to deal with it. The focus lies on the practical challenges of normative ambiguity, strategic competition, resource constraints and operational decision-making. The normative clarity of international law is contrasted with the existence of competing interests between states and non-state actors, in other words: politics, and the inherent limitations of collective redress.

Assessment and permitted materials

The grade for this course consists of class participation (20%) plus one written, two day, open-book book exam of maximum 2000 words excluding footnotes (80%). You can write your answer in either German, English or French.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Some knowledge of international law and a sufficient command of English.

Examination topics

Students will have to answer two questions out of six, thus accommodating to some degree personal preferences. The exam is aimed to motivate a renewed engagement with the course material and to cement the retention of the above stated Learning Outcomes, which will guide grading. Special emphasis will be given to the mastery of comparative approaches.

Reading list

The literature can be downloaded here:
https://ucloud.univie.ac.at/index.php/s/a6Nai7ZAMsBYuGz

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