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030479 KU Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in Armed Conflict (2019S)

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

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Details

max. 40 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Wednesday 13.03. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum SEM43 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 4.OG
Wednesday 13.03. 13:00 - 15:00 Seminarraum SEM43 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 4.OG
Thursday 14.03. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum SEM63 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 6.OG
Thursday 14.03. 13:00 - 15:00 Seminarraum SEM63 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 6.OG
Friday 15.03. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum SEM34 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 3.OG
Friday 15.03. 13:00 - 15:00 Seminarraum SEM34 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 3.OG
Monday 18.03. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum SEM33 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 3.OG
Monday 18.03. 13:00 - 15:00 Seminarraum SEM33 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 3.OG
Tuesday 19.03. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum SEM43 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 4.OG
Tuesday 19.03. 13:00 - 15:00 Seminarraum SEM43 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 4.OG
Wednesday 20.03. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum SEM63 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 6.OG
Wednesday 20.03. 13:00 - 15:00 Seminarraum SEM63 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 6.OG
Thursday 21.03. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum SEM44 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 4.OG
Thursday 21.03. 13:00 - 15:00 Seminarraum SEM44 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 4.OG

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

The aim of this course is to explore the regulation of armed conflict under international law, specifically under international humanitarian law (IHL, law of armed conflict) and international human rights law (IHRL). Following an analysis of the background, main features and respective scope of application of IHL and IHRL, the interaction between the two branches of international law will be examined. Two areas of overlap will be scrutinized in particular. First, the course will look into the restrictions on the deliberate use of deadly force in situations of international and non-international armed conflict (including in situations of belligerent occupation). Second, questions of internment and detention will be tackled in greater detail. Other areas of possible convergence or conflict will be discussed as well. Finally, the course will look into the implementation and enforcement of the rules of international law applicable in times of armed conflict, examining in particular to what extent the advance of human rights law may further compliance with IHL. Throughout the course, ample reference will be made to relevant recent practice, ranging from Germany’s 2009 Kunduz strike to the 2018 Gaza border protests, as well as relevant case-law, particularly from the European Court of Human Rights.
Students participating in the course are expected to have basic knowledge of public international law and human rights law. Prior knowledge of international humanitarian law is not required.

Assessment and permitted materials

Students will be graded on the basis of their participation during classes (counting towards 20% of the overall score for the course), as well as on the basis of a written examination to be organized in the wake of the course (80% of the overall score). The written exam will consist of one or two case studies, as well as one essay question. Students will be allowed to use the Sourcebook (see infra) during the written exam.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Examination topics

Reading list

The main course materials are:
- The Sourcebook, i.e., a compilation of relevant primary instruments from IHL and IHRL. This document will be made available to students in a pdf version. A printed version can (and should) be brought to the written exam.
- An introductory IHL textbook: the textbook concerned is Nils Melzer’s International Humanitarian Law: a comprehensive introduction. A pdf-version of the book can be downloaded for free on the website of the International Committee of the Red Cross. The relevant link is here.
Further reading materials for each of the different course components can be found below (see ‘tentative course structure’). Note: to access certain materials, students may have to set up a (free) account for the SSRN open access network.
Students interested in further (optional!) reading materials can consult the following works:
- on the interaction between IHL and IHRL: Gerd Oberleitner, Human Rights in Armed Conflict: Law, Practice, Policy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press)(2015), 431 pp.; Daragh Murray et al. (eds.), Practitioners’ Guide to Human Rights Law in Armed Conflict (Oxford: Oxford University Press) (2016), 400 p.; Robert Kolb (ed.), Research Handbook on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar)(2013), 704 p.
- On the extraterritorial scope of application of IHRL: Marko Milanovic, Extraterritorial application of human rights treaties (Oxford: Oxford University Press) (2011), 302 p.
- On the use of lethal force under IHRL: Jan Arno Hessbruegge, Human Rights and Personal Self-Defense in international law (Oxford: OUP) (2018), 400 p.;
- On detention: Lawrence Hill-Cawthorne, Detention in Non-international armed conflict (Oxford: OUP)(2016), 304 p.

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