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KINT 4650 - Law of Armed Conflict

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English


The course is aimed at university students of international law, international relations, politics and other areas, who want to gain knowledge in the field of the law of armed conflict. (Basic) knowledge in international law is an advantage, but not a prerequisite.

Course Description

This course will aim at the study of rules governing the conduct of international and non-international armed conflict. Students will acquire knowledge of the “Geneva Law”, mainly concerned with the protection of the victims of armed conflict, as well as the “Hague Law”, whose provisions relate to limitations or prohibitions of specific means and methods of warfare, as well as the 1977 Additional Protocols. Their application will be put into perspective, having in mind that today's armed conflict are mainly non-international, and that the methods of warfare are progressively changing. The influence of new actors (armed groups, peacekeepers, multinational companies) and new types of arms and means of warfare (drones, cyber) will thus form an important part of the course.


AMINI, Sara (Conseillère indépendante)

Pedagogical format

The course will be made of three parts: The first one will be a one-hour presentation of the subject by the instructor; The second part will consist in one 20-minute presentation made by two students, followed by a class discussion; The third part will consist of a case study based on the course which all the students will be asked to work on.

Course validation

40% of the grading will be made on the basis of presentations - two students being asked to present a pre-defined subject during each course, and previously send their presentation via email ; 10% on participation in class; 50% will be based on the final exam.


Students will have to prepare each course by the compulsory reading of a general manual on the law of armed conflict. Students doing the presentation will have to work on rules, case-law and doctrine on the chosen subject.

Required reading

  • D. Fleck (ed.), The Handbook of International Humanitarian Law, Oxford University Press, 2013
  • E. David, F. Tulkens, D. Vandermeersch, International Humanitarian Law Code, Bruylant, 2013
  • R. Kolb, G. Gaggioli, Research Handbook on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Edward Elgar, 2013
  • A. Clapham, P. Gaeta, M. Sassoli, The 1949 Geneva Conventions: a Commentary, Oxford University Press, 2016