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OADH 3060 - Law and Conflict

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

The course is intended to address the role that various branches of law and enforcement mechanisms play during conflicts, notably general public international law on the use of force, international humanitarian law, international human rights law, international criminal law and international refugee law. During the course we will examine different situations of conflict, focusing each lecture on a topic or a case study in which we will critically examine the law and the role of States, non states armed groups, international organizations, NGOs and international and domestic tribunals. Please note that Mrs. Weill won't be able to teach this year. She will be replaced by Stéphane OJEDA who is working at International Committee of the Red Cross as a legal adviser: Stephane Ojeda is a Legal Adviser at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Previously, he was the Deputy Permanent Observer & Legal Adviser of the ICRC Delegation to the United Nations in New York. He assisted in designing and implementing the ICRC's humanitarian diplomacy objectives and in overseeing the delegation's legal and policy positions. Ojeda joined the ICRC in August 1999 and has worked both at HQ (Law & Policy department; Operations department) and in the field (Ethiopia, Guantanamo Bay, Haiti, Israel, Lebanon, and Palestine). Prior to that, he spent two years working as Education Coordinator and Fundraiser for a French NGO in Mali. He has also worked as a humanitarian adviser for the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs in Iraq and Paris. Ojeda has written and taught on various legal and policy topics, devoting special attention to issues of internal displacement, deprivation of liberty and counterterrorism. He is a graduate of the Institute of International Humanitarian Studies from the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences of Aix-en-Provence.


  • OJEDA, Stéphane (Conseiller juridique)
  • SCHABAS, William (Professor of International Law)
  • WEILL, Sharon (Chercheur)

Course validation

Oral presentation (group work): 30%; Final paper: 60%; Oral participation during the class: 10 %.

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