Laws of War

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Fall 2012 Course
Meets: W 1:00pm - 3:00pm in WCC Room 3018
2 classroom credits
The Laws of War (also known as International Humanitarian Law) are a set of rules which seek to reconcile the realities of armed conflicts with humanitarian concerns for those affected by them. Although some humanitarian norms have been part of human history from its earliest times, the complexities of modern conflicts combined with the growing reach of international law and a greater public and media interest all make the laws of war a topic of greater relevance and interest than ever before. Through a historical and thematic journey, we will examine the application of these laws in a variety of conflict settings, its normative drive and moral underpinnings, and the inevitable compromises it must make to be relevant for parties in conflict. Specific topics covered include the rules of distinction, proportionality, military necessity, conduct of hostilities, the regulation of weapons, and belligerent occupation.

Subject Areas: International, Comparative & Foreign Law .