|(2 cr.) International Humanitarian Law of Armed Conflict
Course Description: International Humanitarian
Law (also known as the law of armed conflict and
the laws of war) concerns the rules and principles
governing the conduct of armed conflict. This
course will consider the origins and development
of IHL, the Geneva Conventions, and the
interaction between IHL and other law, such as
international human rights law, international
criminal law, and U.S. constitutional law.
Specific topics may include the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Iraq and Afghan
wars, the treatment of detainees at Guantanamo
Bay, the applicability of IHL to international
terrorism, and mechanisms for holding violators
accountable, including ad hoc international
tribunals and the International Criminal Court.
Although the focus of the course will be jus in
bello, the law regulating the conduct of war,
there will be some discussion of jus ad bellum,
the law relating to the legality of armed
conflict, aggression, and self defense.