QLLM474 Conduct of Hostilities in International Law (Sem 2)
The course is concerned with the body of rules that govern the conduct of armed conflict. It explores in detail the constraints placed by the law of armed conflict on the methods and means of war. Specifically the Course looks at the legal framework for the protection of civilians and civilian objects; the protection granted to the wounded and ship-wrecked under humanitarian law and the distinct regime established in the Geneva Convention for the protection of prisoners of war. The key principles of humanitarian law considered include the principle of distinction, the prohibition of unnecessary suffering, the principle of humanity and equal application. Many of these rules were intended to apply specifically in the context of inter-state armed conflict and the specific problems that they raise for intra-state warfare are considered in detail. The final part of the course considers the law of belligerent occupation and specific problems that prolonged occupation give rise to.
Mode of Assessment
2.15 hour written examination