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DDRO 1995A - New Wars, New Laws? Use of Force and the Conduct of Hostilities in the 21st Century

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

The character of war is gradually transforming, as the distinctions between war, organized crime and large-scale violations of human rights are becoming blurred. The emergence of ransnational terrorism exercises pressures to the traditional framework regulating war. Arguments justifying the scope of permissible uses of force have been advanced as a response, even though such an expansive reading might lead to the legitimisation of increasing resort to violence. Moreover, the ‘global war on terrorism', whose battlefield could be territorially unlimited, threatens to collapse the foundational distinction between fighters and civilians. This course examines the existing legal framework regulating the resort to force and the conduct of hostilities, identifying at the same time the challenges posed by the evolution of new wars. The course moves on to question the adequacy of the current legal framework to address these challenges and asks whether the international community is in need of new laws.


PANTAZOPOULOS, Stavros (Teaching Fellow)

Course validation

1) 10%: Class participation ; 2) 20%: Oral presentation in class ; 3) 35%: Take-home essay (4-5 pages) ; 4) 35%: Final exam in class 1 hour (One or two questions on a topic studied in class).

Required reading

Mary Kaldor, New and Old Wars: Organised Violence in a Global Era, Cambridge: Polity Press, (3 rd ed) 2012