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261.5 sec. 1 - International Humanitarian Law (Fall 2011)
Instructor: Kate Jastram (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Meeting Time: WTh 11:20-12:35
Meeting Location: 12
Course Start: August 24, 2011
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49772
International Humanitarian Law (IHL), also known as the Law of Armed Conflict, is a set of rules which seek, for humanitarian reasons, to limit the effects of war. It protects persons who are not, or are no longer, participating in the hostilities and restricts the means and methods of warfare. We will discuss rules regulating the conduct of international and other armed conflicts; the historical development of restraints on armed conflict; the distinction between rules governing when to go to war (recourse to armed coercion) and those governing how it should be fought (conduct of armed hostilities); the protections afforded by the 1949 Geneva Conventions and the 1977 Protocols to combatants and noncombatants, including civilians and POWs; the role of the International Committee of the Red Cross; and the relationship of IHL to other areas of public international law such as human rights, refugee, and international criminal law. We will also discuss current problems facing IHL such as its applicability to non-international armed conflict, the "war on terror", and the Guantanamo detainees. We will consider the means of implementation and enforcement of IHL, including the international tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, and the Statute of the International Criminal Court.
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- The Law of Armed Conflict
Gary D. Solis,
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Copyright Date: To Be Determined
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