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LA961 - International Humanitarian Law

  • Module code: LA961
  • Module name: International Humanitarian Law
  • Department: Law School
  • Credit: 20

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module addresses the evolution of the laws of war (International Humanitarian Law) and the specific regimes that are supposed to govern the conduct of warfare. We shall also touch upon the complementary law regarding the use of force and in particular the customary right to self-defence and doctrines of 'humanitarian' intervention. In this context the module addresses the “crisis” of international humanitarian law in the post-Westphalian order, and the “war on terror”.

Principal learning outcomes

The module aims to develop: * a knowledge of the international legal principles regulating the conduct of armed conflict; * an understanding of the principal institutional structures for the implementation of international humanitarian law; * an understanding of the key issues for further development of the law and of current initiatives for change; * an understanding of the different roles played by individuals and institutions in armed conflict and the various ways international humanitarian law impacts upon their work; and * an ability to apply the norms of international humanitarian law to specific case studies and be able to conduct research in the field of international humanitarian law

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
20 CATS (Module code: LA961-20)
A (Assessed work only) 4000 word essay 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core


  • LLM International Development Law and Human Rights (M1M2) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught Politics (M1P0) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught Advanced Legal Studies (M3PJ) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Studies with (with NTU Singapore) (M91F) - Year 2
  • MA in Globalisation and Development (M9PB) - Year 2