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287.9 sec. 001 - Law of War (Fall 2019)

Instructor: Robert Barnsby  
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Units: 2


    W 6:25 PM - 8:15 PM
    Location: Law 130
    From August 21, 2019
    To November 22, 2019

Course Start: August 21, 2019
Course End: November 22, 2019
Class Number: 33311

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 23
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 30
As of: 04/07 11:14 PM

This course will examine the modern Law of War. The primary learning objective of the course is to develop students' understanding of the Law of War (also known as the Law of Armed Conflict and/or International Humanitarian Law, though reasonable minds may disagree with usage of the latter term as a synonym). By sampling, discussing, and scrutinizing a broad range of complex Law of War topics, students will formulate useful philosophies and methods for interpreting, teaching, and practicing in this important field. Though not an exhaustive list, this course will cover legal bases for the use of force; targeting principles including necessity, distinction, proportionality, and humanity; means and methods of warfare; civilian protection law; hybrid warfare and the law; war crimes; command responsibility; international human rights law, and several other related topics. As much as possible, we will use an international / comparative approach, examining the writings and jurisprudence of a variety of states and systems.

Professor Barnsby is a Visiting Assistant Professor, invited to Berkeley Law for the Fall 2019 semester from the West Point Department of Law (United States Military Academy). He has taught Law of War, Intelligence Law, Cyber Law, and Constitutional Law, all for several years during and after his service as both a Military Intelligence and JAG Corps Officer in the United States Army. A West Point graduate, Professor Barnsby earned his J.D. at William & Mary Law School, where he served as the Executive Editor of the William & Mary Law Review. As a military law practitioner, he served as the lead Detention Operations Legal Advisor and ICRC Liaison for U.S. forces in Afghanistan, among other key positions. Professor Barnsby has published a number of scholarly articles, including most recently in the 2018 volume of the Texas Law Review; he has participated in scholarly panels, and has often been a featured speaker, at law schools and at conferences throughout the United States.

Requirements Satisfaction:

This is an Option 1 class; two Option 1 classes fulfill the J.D. writing requirement.

Exam Notes: (P) Final paper  
Course Category: Public Law and Policy
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
International and Comparative Law

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  • The Law of Armed Conflict: An Operational Approach
    Geoffrey S. Corn, Victor Hansen, Richard Jackson, M. Christopher Jenks, Eric Talbot Jensen, James A. Schoettler
    Publisher: Aspen Publishers
    ISBN: 9781454880882
    e-Book Available: unknown
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: To Be Determined

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