International Law and the Use of Force - LW643

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2017-18 2018-19
Canterbury Spring
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6 15 (7.5) DR S Kendall

Pre-requisites

Previous study of LW642.

Restrictions

Cannot be taken if you have previously taken LW506.

2017-18

Overview

The module will examine the role and function of international law in the use of force between states as well as non-state actors. It will provide students with detailed knowledge and understanding of the origins and development of international law on the use of force and of its concepts, principles and rules governing the use of force (jus ad bellum) and the conduct of armed conflict (jus in bello). The module will enable students to consider the relevance, or otherwise, of international law on the use of force to contemporary international disputes and to critically assess its limitations and effects. This will be achieved through a range of topics and case studies.

The topics covered may include:

  • The prohibition of the threat or use of force and the right to self-defence in international law
  • Principles of International Humanitarian Law
  • UN Peacekeeping and UN-authorised Peace Enforcement
  • Humanitarian intervention and the 'Responsibility to Protect'
  • Other doctrines of unilateral intervention
  • Combatants and civilians
  • Weapons and Methods of Warfare
  • War Crimes
  • The role of international humanitarian law in international criminal trials
  • Details

    This module appears in:


    Contact hours

    One hour lecture and one hour seminar weekly.

    Availability

    Spring term.

    Method of assessment

    50% coursework (one essay) and 50% examination. For short term exchange students only, 100% coursework option is available.

    Preliminary reading

    See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

    See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

    Learning outcomes

    On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

    1. demonstrate detailed understanding of the origins, development and current debates on the use of force in international law
    2. demonstrate an in depth knowledge and understanding of the international legal framework, principles and rules concerning the use of force in international law
    3. assess the relevance or otherwise of international law on the use of force to particular disputes
    4. critically evaluate the role of international law on the use of force in particular disputes and to critically assess the limitations and effects of the law on the use of force in regulating contemporary conflicts/disputes.

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