|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Seminars / Tutorials||22 hours; 11x2 hour seminars|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||TWO WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS OF 2,500-3,000 WORDS (40% EACH) OR ONE WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT OF 5,000-6,000 WORDS||80%|
|Semester Assessment||ORAL PRESENTATION||20%|
|Supplementary Assessment||WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT(s) TO BE RESUBMITTED, IF FAILED||80%|
|Supplementary Assessment||WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT IN LIEU OF ORAL PRESENTATION TO BE SUBMITTED, IF FAILED||20%|
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.
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
Scope of application of IHL - types of armed conflict; personal, temporal and geographical application
Some basic concepts - fundamental principles on which IHL is based
Protection of combatants - the principal rights and obligations of combatants; entitlement to prisoner-of-war status and the rights of POWs; protection of the sick, wounded and shipwrecked
Protection of civilians - principal obligations of occupying forces towards civilians; special protections for women and children
Protection of cultural property - outlines what is classified as cultural property and the protection obligations towards such property
Methods and means of combat - the limitations on how a conflict is conducted
Non-international armed conflicts - the more limited regime applicable to such conflicts and the principal protection obligations owed
Refugees and IHL - the particular protection needs of refugees, including internally displaced persons
Collective security operations and IHL - the role of United Nations and other international forces and their obligations when engaged in conflict
Criminal repression of breaches of IHL - punishment of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide
The relationship between IHL and human rights law - the link between the two regimes and how human rights continues to apply simultaneously with IHL
This module is at CQFW Level 7