LAWS5220 International Humanitarian Law

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Content
This unit explores the development and operation of international humanitarian law, which is the body of public international law that regulates conduct during armed conflict. The unit examines key issues relating to international humanitarian law and its application, enabling students to examine the historical and theoretical developments, sources, fundamental principles and objectives of the rules governing both international and internal armed conflicts. Topics include the constraints on means and methods of warfare; the protection of civilians and prisoners of war; means of enforcement of international humanitarian law, including criminal prosecution; and the relationship of the laws of armed conflict with international human rights law, and national law. The unit has a research focus, developing the independent research skills of students who explore a variety of primary and secondary materials in the field of international humanitarian law.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) demonstrate thorough knowledge of the fundamental principles of international humanitarian law, its relationship with other branches of international law and its application in the real world; (2) engage with the theoretical debates underlying the principles of humanitarian law, use and critically examine theoretical material on international humanitarian law, and situate and critically evaluate political and cultural factors which influence the development and application of international humanitarian law; (3) utilise a variety of primary and secondary sources and apply appropriate research methods to investigate research questions in international humanitarian law; (4) present orally and in writing well developed and critical arguments on issues relating to international humanitarian law and its application in the field; and (5) apply international humanitarian law to real world situations.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research essay; (2) film review; and (3) in-class participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Melanie O'Brien
Contact hours
Students must attend every day of the intensive period April 4, 5, 11 and 12. Refer to the timetable website for further information.
Unit Outline
Non-standard teaching period [TS-N-2A_2019]
Note
Students must attend every day of the intensive period.
Texts

Jan Wouters, Philip De Man and Nele Verlinden (eds.), Armed Conflicts and the Law (Intersentia, 2016).

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