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LAWS13-567: Laws of Armed Conflict and Peacekeeping

Description

Laws of Armed Conflict and Peacekeeping is an elective subject in undergraduate programs offered by the Faculty of Law. This subject considers the legal frameworks and institutions that regulate the conduct of armed conflicts (jus in bello), and the use of force (jus ad bellum). Students will be required to consider questions such as: What constitutes an armed conflict? Who is a combatant, and who is a civilian? Should the law of armed conflict apply to terrorists? What weapons are lawful, and why? What constitutes a war crime? Who is a war criminal? How should the law respond to the issue of child soldiers? Are United Nations peacekeeping operations appropriate? At the end of the subject, students will understand the relevant sources of international law such as international treaties, customary international law and judicial decision making. Students will also have considered the relationships between the law of armed conflict, human rights, refugee law, and domestic legal frameworks.

Subject details

TypeUndergraduate
CodeLAWS13-567
EFTSL0.125
FacultyFaculty of Law
Semesters offered
  • May 2021 [Standard Offering]
  • May 2022 [Standard Offering]
Credit10
Study areas
  • Law
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2020: $4,340
  • Commencing in 2021: $4,390

Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate understanding of the philosophical debates underpinning the law of armed conflict and peacekeeping.
2. Critically analyse relevant legal frameworks and institutions.
3. Construct and justify logical arguments explaining whether or not law reform is necessary.
4. Use research and critical thinking skills to identify an appropriate topic on which to develop and produce a written research paper.
5. Use oral communication skills to deliver a presentation on the chosen research topic.

Enrolment requirements

Requisites: ?

Nil

Restrictions: ?

Students must be admitted into a Bachelor law degree or Bachelor of Laws combined degree or be an approved Law Study Abroad OR Law exchange student.

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens15/03/2020
Semester start25/05/2020
Subject start25/05/2020
Cancellation 1?08/06/2020
Cancellation 2?15/06/2020
Last enrolment07/06/2020
Withdraw – Financial?20/06/2020
Withdraw – Academic?11/07/2020
Teaching census?19/06/2020