The law of armed conflict, or international humanitarian law, is one of the oldest areas of international law. This seminar will examine the two core prongs of that law: the limitation on methods of warfare (such as rules on targeting and bans on certain weapons), and the protection of people not engaged in combat (especially civilians and POWs). We will pay particular attention to recent developments, including challenges to the law from counter-terrorism operations and the conflict in Iraq. The last part of the course will turn to the implementation of international humanitarian law through the work of the International Committee of the Red Cross, national armies, and methods of holding individuals criminally responsible for violations of the law of war.
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