Universität Wien FIND

030457 SE Armed Conflicts, Crisis Management and Peace Making - from Yugoslavia to the Wider Middle East (2016S)

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

Why is our world suddenly so violent? Why does peaceful resolution of conflicts between religious and ethnic groups seem so difficult, if not impossible?

In an important sense these questions go back to the Balkan Wars of the 1990s, the only time since WWII that genocide has occurred on European territory.

The seminar will introduce fundamental ideas of international relations theory, international law, and the history of armed conflicts and interventions since the end of the Cold War, giving students the tools to analyse contemporary conflicts and policies.


max. 25 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Wednesday 06.04. 10:00 - 15:00 Seminarraum SEM44 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 4.OG
Thursday 07.04. 10:00 - 15:00 Seminarraum SEM34 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 3.OG
Monday 11.04. 10:00 - 15:00 Seminarraum SEM41 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 4.OG
Tuesday 12.04. 10:00 - 15:00 Seminarraum SEM42 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 4.OG
Wednesday 01.06. 10:00 - 13:00 Seminarraum SEM42 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 4.OG
Thursday 02.06. 10:00 - 13:00 Seminarraum SEM42 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 4.OG
Friday 03.06. 10:00 - 13:00 Seminarraum SEM42 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 4.OG


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.

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

Association in the course directory

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