Module Information

Module Identifier
LAM4220
Module Title
International Humanitarian Law
Academic Year
2017/2018
Co-ordinator
Semester
Semester 2
Reading List
External Examiners
  • Ms Emma R McClean (Senior Lecturer - Westminster University)
 
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminar 11 x 2 Hour Seminars
 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT OF 5,000-6,000 WORDS  80%
Semester Assessment ORAL PRESENTATION  20%
Supplementary Assessment WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT OF 5,000-6,000 WORDS TO BE RESUBMITTED, IF FAILED  80%
Supplementary Assessment ORAL PRESENTATION OR WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT IN LIEU OF ORAL PRESENTATION TO BE SUBMITTED, IF FAILED  20%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Display a knowledge and understanding of the underlying rationale and methodology of this area of law at the international level.
2. Display a knowledge and understanding of the primary sources of IHL and how it regulates the conduct of armed conflicts, as well as the protection of the victims of armed conflicts.
3. Critically evaluate and test the arguments relating to the need for international protection of human rights during armed conflicts, as well as the weaknesses in implementation and enforcement of the law.
4. Know how to gain access to the relevant literature and materials in this field and how to use them in critical discussion of the subject.
5. Present critical and well-informed argument relating to the protection of the principal victims of armed conflict, as well as the conduct of States and insurgent groups during armed conflict.

Brief description

This module will introduce students to the legal regime with regard to the protection of human rights during international and non-international armed conflicts. There are separate, but related, legal regimes for each. The course covers the two principal areas of IHL: the direct protection obligations owed by States and individuals towards combatants and victims of armed conflict; and the means and methods of warfare

Content

This module will introduce students to the legal regime with regard to the protection of human rights during international and non-international armed conflicts. There are separate, but related, legal regimes for each. The course covers the two principal areas of IHL: the direct protection obligations owed by States and individuals towards combatants and victims of armed conflict; and the means and methods of warfare

Transferable skills

Throughout the module, students will practise and develop their skills of research, analysis, time-management, oral and written presentation. In seminars they will develop their ability to listen, understand and explain subject related topics as well as present a point of view orally and discuss their thoughts with the rest of the class; their assignments will enable them to develop their skills of independent research, analysis, presentation and writing (including data collection and retrieval, IT and time management). All learning throughout the module will be relevant to a career in any legal profession.


Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 7