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LS5549: THE USE OF FORCE IN INTERNATIONAL LAW (2019-2020)

Last modified: 25 Sep 2019 09:58


Course Overview

The course analyses how international law regulates the use of armed forces between States.  It is of interest to  students who want to understand the legal considerations which frame contemporary conflicts. The course will  study the fundamental principle of the prohibition on the use of inter-State force. It will examine the current exceptions to this principle, and how States try to justify the use of force. Consequently, the course will study the most recent recourses to force on the international plane, in particular in Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, and Ukraine. Teaching will be delivered mainly through discussion based seminars.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Irene Couzigou

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)
  • One of Law (LS) (Studied) or MSc Strategic Studies and International Law (Studied) or MSc International Relations and International Law (Studied) or MSc Strategic Studies (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • Diploma in Professional Legal Practice (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

The course aims to analyse how international law regulates the use of armed force between States. It is of interest to every student who wants to understand the legal considerations which frame contemporary conflicts. The course will first analyse the fundamental principle of the prohibition on the use of force between States. It will then examine the current exceptions to this principle, and how States try to justify the use of force. In doing so, the course will study how the international community has reacted to the most recent recourses to force on the international plane, in particular in Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, and Ukraine.


Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Lecture during University week25
  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 26 - 33

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In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

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