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LS5549: THE USE OF FORCE IN INTERNATIONAL LAW (2015-2016)

Last modified: 25 Mar 2016 11:37


Course Overview

The course analyses how international law regulates the use of armed force between States. The course will first study the fundamental principle of the prohibition on the use of inter-State force. 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 the most recent recourses to force on the international plane, in particular in Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, and Ukraine. Teaching will be delivered through discussion based seminars and lectures. Assessment is based on the drafting of an essay and an exam.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Irène Couzigou

Qualification Prerequisites

None.

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

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

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

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, including conflicts in securing energy supply. 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.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • MSc International Relations and International Law
  • MSc Strategic Studies and International Law

Contact Teaching Time

24 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

First attempt: 2,500 word essay (25%); examination of 3 hours (75%). Re-sit Attempt: 3 hour examination (100%).

Formative Assessment

None.

Feedback

None.

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