Armed Conflict and Humanitarian Protection

Armed Conflict and Humanitarian Protection

Ms. Bonnie Docherty
Fall 2013 seminar
T 5:00pm - 7:00pm in WCC Room 5044
2 classroom credits

This course is only available to students enrolled in the fall International Human Rights clinic. However, not all clinical students are guaranteed a seat in this course.
Required Clinic Component: International Human Rights Clinic (2-4 fall credits). Students must enroll in the clinic before they are permitted to enroll in this course.
Additional Co-/Pre-Requisites: None.
By Permission: No.
Add/Drop Deadline: September 4, 2013.
LLM Students: LLM students may apply to the clinic by submitting an application.

Minimizing the suffering that war inflicts on civilians presents many challenges for lawyers and rights advocates. This clinical seminar will explore ways to advance civilian protection during and after armed conflict. Following an introduction to relevant international humanitarian and human rights law, it will examine a wide spectrum of strategies, including naming and shaming, international criminal justice, treaty negotiation, military intervention, and victim assistance. Students will assess the promises and limitations of each strategy and consider how to determine the most appropriate one for a specific situation. Through role-playing exercises on fact-finding, media work, and treaty negotiation, they will also learn practical skills needed to work in the field.

A fall clinical practice component is required of all students. Clinical placements are with the International Human Rights Clinic.

Subject Areas: Procedure & Practice, Human Rights, International, Comparative & Foreign Law