Previous study of LW642.
Cannot be taken if you have previously taken LW506.
OverviewThe 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:
This module appears in:
One hour lecture and one hour seminar weekly.
Method of assessment
50% coursework (one essay) and 50% examination. For short term exchange students only, 100% coursework option is available.
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.