University of Technology Sydney

78016 International Humanitarian Law

Requisite(s): ( 70616 Australian Constitutional Law OR (70110 Introduction to Law AND (76006c Public International Law OR 70108c Public International Law OR 76110c Introduction to Public International Law)) OR ((94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04236 Juris Doctor OR 142 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04250 Juris Doctor Master of Business Administration OR 94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04363 Juris Doctor Master of Intellectual Property OR 94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04364 Juris Doctor Graduate Certificate Trade Mark Law and Practice) AND 70106c Principles of Public International Law AND 70107c Principles of Company Law) OR (94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04320 Juris Doctor Graduate Certificate Professional Legal Practice AND 70106 Principles of Public International Law))
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This subject examines all the major areas of international humanitarian law (IHL). It covers the traditional topics of the laws of armed conflict and the laws in war, in addition to considering more recently emerged fields such as refugee law, peacekeeping operations and international crimes. The subject aims to situate each of these areas within the historical, philosophical and political contexts in which they have, and continue to be, developed. Moreover, there is an emphasis on the analysis of international humanitarian law through issues that have arisen by virtue of recent events, such as the proliferation of internal conflicts and the reaction to international terrorism. Through the use of role-plays and real-life case studies, this subject takes international law 'out of the books' in order to equip students with the tools to develop their skills in critical analysis, research and communication. This subject invites students to consider the place of law in war, and to reflect on the role of lawyers in facilitating and limiting violence in war.

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