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OADH 4070 - Capstone Course on Counter-Terrorism and International Crimes

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn and Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English


Background in law is required. It is a bilingual French and English course. The capstone course is a one year course and is limited to the participation of around 20 students. 1st year students registered in semester 1 , will be automatically registered in semester 2. Few seats can be offered to 2nd year students for their semester 4. PSIA reserves the right to unsubscribe students who would not be qualified for the course (2nd year student must have a Law degree or /knowlegde in international criminal law or counter terrorism legislation French and English - preferable).

Course Description

This capstone course aims at providing human rights education and formation through practical work in the context of armed conflicts, counter terrorism and accountability for international crimes. The teaching methodology includes both theoretical and practical aspects. The theoretical aspects of international law related to armed conflicts and counter-terrorism will be thought in the first semester (Jus ad bellum/Use of force, International Humanitarian Law, Human Rights Law and International Criminal Law). The different international legal instruments, enforcement mechanisms and relevant institutions are to be mapped. The applied work will be done in small groups and will include empirical research on foreign terrorist fighters, counter terrorism legal framework and its application in France. It will include trial observations and publications of notes on a website. During the course professionals will be invited to the class to share with the students their experience (NGOs practitioners, UN officials, human rights/defence lawyers and prosecutors). A trip to Geneva and a visit at the UN OHCHR and the ICRC will be organized during the year. The expected outcome is the issuing of a report that will be submitted to the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights, providing the students with a practical context for their work and a meaningful contribution. This course should be followed during semester 1 and semester 2. 2nd year students can be accepted during semester 4.


WEILL, Sharon (Chercheur)

Pedagogical format

This course has been labelled as a “PSIA pedagogically innovative course”: - Concrete application of theoretical knowledge on a project based and Clinic course ; - Development of strong team work and peers management skills in an international context ; - Working paper and report will be submitted to relevant international institution and may be published ; - Team work shared with another group of students from an American university. The capstone course will require individual work as well as group work and empirical research. The class will be taught in English, but some sub-groups might require French knowledge. The distribution of projects will be done by the professor.

Course validation

Presentation, working group, final project.

Required reading

  • Saul, B., Research Hand book on International Law and Terrorism, Chatemenn, Edward Edgar 2014
  • International humanitarian law and the challenges of contemporary armed conflicts, ICRC report, Oct 2015
  • Antoine Garapon, Michel Rosenfeld, Democracies sous Stress, Puf, 2016

Additional required reading

  • Andrea De Guttry and others (eds), Foreign Fighters under International Law and Beyond, Asser publication, 2016
  • Frank Foley, Countering Terrorism in Britain and France, Institutions, Norms and the Shadow of the Past, Cambridge University Press, 2014