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2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
2022-2023 Academic Catalog [Published Catalog]

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LAW 511/5211 - International Humanitarian Law (3 cr.)


This course provides basic introduction to the field of international humanitarian law (IHL), otherwise known as the laws of war, the law or armed conflict, or jus in bello. It will consist in an overview of the existing substantive body of international law relating to the regulation of armed conflict, as well as an exploration of its internal structure and dynamics. It will discuss in a first part the relationship between humanitarian law and both general international law and international human rights Law, with regard to applicability implementation, and enforcement. In a second part, the course and materials will approach the “principle of distinction” and its implementation in the so-called “Geneva Law”, relating to protected persons, as well as the so-called “Hague Law”, relating to the means and methods of combat. Final sessions will discuss questions of implementation and criminal responsibility.

When Offered
This course is normally offered in the spring semester.

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