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030680 KU International Humanitarian Law (2021S)

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

The course will be held online via Moodle.


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


max. 100 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Wednesday 10.03. 17:00 - 19:00 Digital
Wednesday 17.03. 17:00 - 19:00 Digital
Wednesday 24.03. 17:00 - 19:00 Digital
Wednesday 14.04. 17:00 - 19:00 Digital
Wednesday 21.04. 17:00 - 19:00 Digital
Wednesday 28.04. 17:00 - 19:00 Digital
Wednesday 05.05. 17:00 - 19:00 Digital
Wednesday 12.05. 17:00 - 19:00 Digital
Wednesday 19.05. 17:00 - 19:00 Digital
Wednesday 26.05. 17:00 - 19:00 Digital
Wednesday 02.06. 17:00 - 19:00 Digital
Wednesday 09.06. 17:00 - 19:00 Digital
Wednesday 16.06. 17:00 - 19:00 Digital
Wednesday 23.06. 17:00 - 19:00 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

This cours aims to give students an introduction into the law of armed conflicts, also known as ius in bello or international humanitarian law. Topics include
– the history and development of war and humanitarian law
– the basic rules of warfare as enshrined in the four Geneva Conventions and the two additional protocols
– disarmament and arms treaties (landmines, chemical or nuclear weapons)
– Human Rights Law in times of armed conflicts
– selected aspects of International Criminal Law
– special topics and recent trends such as the impact of artificial intelligence, drone strikes, cyber warfare, or hybrid threats
– the ethics of warfare: Asymmetry and post-heroism
– Case studies: Libya 2011, Syria 2011-, Eastern Ukraine, the Gaza war(s) between Israel and the Hamas, so-called New Wars (in Liberia, Somalia, or the Democratic Republic of Congo), the "War on Terror" including Guantanamo and targeted killings of terrorists (or the Iranian general Qasem Soleimani) under Obama and Trump, and the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict
– 16 June: special session on "Modern Warfare and the Impact of Emerging Technologies" with Markus Reisner from the Austrian Armed Forces

Assessment and permitted materials

Online exam in the last session. Single Choice, Multiple Choice and right/wrong-questions.
Active discussions in class on the basis of the course material as provided on Moodle. Participation will be taken into account.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Basic knowledge of international law is helpful but not a prerequisite
active participation in class
final exam (+ 50% necessary for a positive grade)
two unexcused absences are allowed

Examination topics

slides, videos, and articles uploaded on Moodle

Reading list

Emily Crawford/Alison Pert, International Humanitarian Law (Cambridge University Press 2020)
Nicholas Tsagourias and Alasdair Morrison, International Humanitarian Law. Cases, Materials and Commentary (Cambridge University Press 2018)
Robert Kolb, Advanced Introduction to International Humanitarian Law (Edward Elgar 2014)

Association in the course directory

Last modified: Th 05.05.2022 10:08