The first part of the module will focus on the many issues surrounding the legality of the use of force in international law (jus ad bellum). This includes the scope of the prohibition in the Charter of the United Nations; the nature and scope of self-defence; humanitarian intervention; Collective Security including Peacekeeping. The second part of the module will consider the rules governing the actual conduct of hostilities (jus in bello) and military occupation. Topics covered include: The regulation of weapons including nuclear arsenals; protection of Civilians and Civilian objects; Prisoners of war and Belligerent reprisals. The mechanisms for enforcing the law of war including the emerging regimes of international criminal responsibility will also be considered.
100 per cent exam