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OADH 3065 - International Humanitarian Law

Type d'enseignement : Lecture alone

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English


There is no strict prerequisite for this course but students should preferably have a previous knowledge of public international law and notions of international criminal justice.

Course Description

This course is an introduction to International Humanitarian Law (IHL), also called the law of armed conflict or the laws of war. IHL is a set of rules that seek to limit the effects of armed conflict, with the dual purpose of saving those who do not, or no longer, participate directly in hostilities and to restrict the use of violence to the strict military necessity. IHL is a branch of public international law that has close relations with other branches, such as international human rights law and international criminal law, but also with international politics and transitional justice. While analyzing its principles, sources, rules and jurisprudence, and using the most recent case studies (the Israeli-occupied territories, Afghanistan, Iraq, Democratic Republic of Congo, Libya, Syria, Mali, etc.), this course encourages a critical and interdisciplinary approach of IHL.


  • JEANGENE VILMER, Jean-Baptiste (Policy advisor on security issues at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs Policy Planning Staff)
  • ROBIN, Marie (Doctorante)

Pedagogical format

Interactive lectures (questions and discussions by students are encouraged).

Course validation

A 2000-word book review, due in week 9 (40%) and a 5000-word research paper, including footnotes, due at the end of the term (60%), on a topic of the student's choosing with teacher approval.


Extensive reading, class attendance, book review and research paper.

Required reading

  • CLAPHAM Andrew and Paola GAETA, The Oxford Handbook of International Law in Armed Conflict (Oxford University Press, 2014)
  • CRAWFORD Emily and Alison PERT, International Humanitarian Law (Cambridge University Press, 2015)
  • DAVID Eric, Principes de droit des conflits armés, 5th ed. (Bruylant, 2012)