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KINT 5045 - International Law and Security

Type d'enseignement : Lecture alone

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English

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Course Description

The course aims to foster a critical understanding of contemporary security issues around the globe and the role of public international law in addressing these issues. The course will focus on various security issues, namely armed conflicts, terrorism, piracy, drug- and weapons trafficking, transnational organized crime, natural disasters, cyber-espionage, cyber-crime and cyber-warfare. In particular, the course aims:

• to provide an fuller and deeper understanding of the international legal framework applicable to contemporary security issues and the salient and interlinked legal and political factors that govern international responses to various security issues;
• to assess the effectiveness and legitimacy of security policy options and responses within a framework of human and state security and to provide an in-depth analysis of the role of public international law in addressing these issues;
• to examine contemporary and to anticipate future challenges to public international law in the area of international security.

The course aims to prepare students for future policy planning, decision-making and practical implementation in the area of international security and public international law. It combines theoretical as well as practical aspects.


GEISS, Robin (Professor)

Pedagogical format

A mix of lectures, discussions, case studies and group work.

Course validation

1. A short research assignment on a self-selected theme in international law (50%) 2. A take-home examination on a pre-defined subject, 3 days (50%)


3 to 6 hours

Required reading

  • Nigel White et al. Mary E Footer, Julia Schmidt, Nigel D White, Lydia Davies-Bright (eds.), Security and International Law, Hart Publishing, 2016.
  • Mary Kaldor, Iavor Rangelov (eds.), The Handbook of Global Security Policy, Wiley-Blackwell 2014.
  • Sean Kay, Global Security in the 21st century, 3rd edition, Rowman & Littlefield 2015.

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