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DHIS 2020A - History of War and Law: a journey in the legal construction of war

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

The course reflects on the legal governance of war and security, in a historical perspective. It analyzes the contemporary conception of the relationship between law and war. How has law evolved from providing legal frameworks for peace and war to the management of global security? The first part of the course will map the evolutions of war governance during 20th century through the analysis of core legal distinctions such as jus ad bellum/in bello, international/non-international conflict and civilian/combatant. The second part the course will explore how new legal and regulatory assemblages produce a managerial account of war and security through case studies: targeted killing policies, cyber-war, responsibility to protect, private military companies, peace indexes and indicators, military robots and financial compliance mechanisms.


DOGOT, Delphine (Doctorante)

Course validation

Evaluation is based on oral and written, individual and collective, linear and nonlinear work. The general criteria for assessment is the ability to critically reflect on complex issues. Oral presentation of a mind-map (25%) Response paper 800 words (25%) Collective Book review 2500 words (25%) + presentation (5%) Oral participation (20%)

Required reading

David Kennedy, Of War and Law, Princeton University Press.