Universität Wien FIND

030446 KU International Humanitarian Law (2016S)

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

Details

max. 46 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Monday 04.04. 09:00 - 13:30 Seminarraum SEM34 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 3.OG
Monday 11.04. 09:00 - 13:30 Seminarraum SEM34 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 3.OG
Monday 02.05. 09:00 - 13:30 Seminarraum SEM34 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 3.OG
Monday 09.05. 09:00 - 13:30 Seminarraum SEM34 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 3.OG
Monday 23.05. 09:00 - 13:30 Seminarraum SEM34 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 3.OG
Monday 30.05. 09:00 - 13:30 Seminarraum SEM34 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 3.OG
Monday 06.06. 09:00 - 11:30 Hörsaal U13 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, KG1

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

International Humanitarian Law (IHL), also known as the Law of Armed Conflict, is the body of rules and principles that govern how forces are to act once hostilities have broken out. The IHL regime is designed to make armed conflict less barbaric by protecting certain groups, such as civilians, wounded, sick, shipwrecked, prisoners of war, and religious personnel, and by prohibiting certain methods and means of warfare. This course critically explores these rules and principles, as well as their application in various situations, with the aim to promoting the objectives of this regime. Emphasis also is placed on developing creative ways to reform this legal regime and building critical reasoning skills in the course participants.

Desired Outcomes - By the end of the course, students will be able to:
• Demonstrate a deep understanding of the key principles and cases discussed in this course through in-class comments and an examination.
• Apply the principles of international humanitarian law to new factual situations (both hypothetical and real) in determining the potential legality of the actions of various actors.
• Evaluate and critique international humanitarian law in an objective manner, keeping in mind the broad policy issues surrounding international humanitarian law.

Assessment and permitted materials

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Examination topics

Required: Frits Kalshoven & Liesbeth Zegveld, Constraints on the Waging of War: An Introduction to International Humanitarian Law (Cambridge University Press, 4th ed., 2011).

Required: Geneva Conventions of 1949 and their Additional Protocols

Reading list

Required Readings:
• Frits Kalshoven & Liesbeth Zegveld, Constraints on the Waging of War: An Introduction to International Humanitarian Law (Cambridge University Press, 4th ed., 2011) (on reserve in the office for 2-hour borrowing).
• Geneva Conventions of 1949 and their Additional Protocols (available online)

Optional Reading: Dieter Fleck (ed.), The Handbook of International Humanitarian Law (Oxford University Press, 3rd ed., 2013).


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