October 2017 - June 2018
Application start 1 March 2017
Application end 5 October 2017
This course aims to study, in depth, an emblematic example of the complexity of international humanitarian law (IHL) and the challenges it raises: the classification of armed conflicts (ACs). The course first analyzes the contours of the various categories of ACs (e.g. international AC, internationalized non-international ACs, wars of national liberation, belligerent occupations, high-intensity and low-intensity non-international ACs) in connection with the traditional distinction between non-international and international ACs. The course then questions the relevance of this last distinction in light of the requirements of contemporary ACs and the increased role played by independent actors within them. The course relies, as much as possible, on concrete examples illustrating the different categories of ACs and the controversies they raise.
This course examines the other main purpose of international humanitarian law (IHL), which is to mitigate human suffering caused by war. It enables a careful evaluation of the various IHL rules intended to help protect vulnerable persons, such as civilians and prisoners of war, as well as property during armed conflict. It also examines the issue of non-international armed conflict (NIAC) from a variety of perspectives. Following this course, participants will know who and what protected persons and goods are and which IHL rules can be used for their protection in IAC and NIAC.
This course examines the sources of international humanitarian law (IHL) as well as the threshold criteria for its applicability to an armed conflict. It provides an introduction to the key principles and terminology of IHL. After completing this course, participants will have a thorough knowledge of the sources of IHL as well as the rules governing its application in the field.
This course examines the conduct of hostilities in situations of International Armed Conflict (IAC), also known as the Law of The Hague. As such, it covers prohibited means and methods of warfare, allowing participants to judge objectively whether the behavior of a party to a conflict conforms to the rules of international humanitarian law (IHL) applicable in a specific instance. Following this course, participants will know who the protected persons and goods are and what IHL rules can be used for their protection in IAC.