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030263 KU From the protection of persecuted co-religionist to the protection of universal human rights (2016W)

Theory and practice of humanitarian interventions in historcial perspective

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

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Language: English

Lecturers

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Thursday 13.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal U16 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, KG1
Thursday 20.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal U16 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, KG1
Thursday 27.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal U16 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, KG1
Thursday 03.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal U16 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, KG1
Thursday 10.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal U16 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, KG1
Thursday 17.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal U16 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, KG1
Thursday 24.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal U16 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, KG1
Thursday 01.12. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal U16 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, KG1
Thursday 15.12. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal U16 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, KG1
Thursday 12.01. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal U16 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, KG1
Thursday 19.01. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal U16 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, KG1
Thursday 23.02. 11:00 - 13:00 Seminarraum SEM10 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 1.OG

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Aims, contents and method of the course

The primary target of this course is to acquire a broad and critical understanding of the history of humanitarian intervention. In order to achieve this objective the course combines three methodological tools, contextualization, longue durée and diachronic approach. First, looking at the subject matter in context means that we’ll investigate the history of humanitarian intervention as history of human rights, as diplomatic and military history, as history of communication and the public, as history of sovereignty and the international community and as history of international law. This approach does not only provide a broader understandig of the history of humanitarian intervention, but also an opportunity for the critical reflection of concepts and practices that are central to our understanding of politics and law, such as the „sovereign state, the „international community“, „public opinion“ or „rights“. Second, the chronological scope from the 15th century to the present allows us to study different patterns of interventions on behalf of persecuted citizens (or subjects) of foreign states (or princes) carried out by one or several states by military or alternative means. Third, by adopting a diachronic perspective on the history of humanitarian intervention the course differs from attempts to construct a more or less linear evolution of humanitärian intervention. It rather makes use of the early modern period in order to highlight the contingency of the modern international order based on sovereign states and to provide a measure of orientation for challenges of current international law which is characterized by the conditionality or even erosion of the classical 19th and 20th century sovereign state.

Assessment and permitted materials

The grade is determined by three factors: regular attendance and active participation (students may miss not more than two sessions), a brief essay or translation plus critical commentary and a written exam.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The successful completion of the course is conditional on regular attendance, the writing of a brief essay (or the translation of a short text plus critical commentary) and a pass in the written exam. The written exam makes up two-thirds of the final grade.

Examination topics

- cases and other subject matters as discussed in class
- reading assignments on the e-learning platform

Reading list

Bardo Fassbender and Anne Peters (eds), The Oxford Handbook of the History of International Law, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.

J. L. Holzgrefe and Robert Keohane, Humanitarian Intervention. Ethical, Legal, and Political Dilemmas, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003.

Stefano Recchia and Jennifer M. Welsh (eds), Just and Unjust Military Intervention. European Thinkers from Vitoria to Mill, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.

Association in the course directory

MA Geschichte; APMG Neuzeit; Exkursion und transdisziplinäre Öffnung; Geschichte der Neuzeit im transdisziplinären Kontext(4 ECTS)| MA Zeitgeschichte;Disziplinäre und transdisziplinäre Kontexte; Zeitgeschichte im transdisziplinären Kontext (4 ECTS)

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