Law of Armed Conflict (Hybrid Class)

Section 1SP, Spring 21

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 16/17
Credits: 3
Day Time Room Start Date End Date
  • T
  • 1800-1950
  • SL294
01/26/2021 04/27/2021

Course Description

The conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria, war on terrorism, unrest in the Middle East and Africa, and the growing number of international war crimes tribunals, all highlight the importance of the international norms governing armed conflict. Public discussion is often plagued by misunderstandings of these norms, and is typically limited to vague references to the Geneva Conventions. The law of armed conflict is much broader, including numerous other treaties, state practices which have developed into customary law, and the decisions of various courts and tribunals. However, it is always evolving and changing, as the balance between military necessity and humanitarian concerns is constantly being redrawn. Students will be provided with a thorough grounding in the law of armed conflict, applying the associated rules with past, current, and potential future events. Students will be invited to critically examine the efficacy of current rules and advocate for required changes or improvements, both in classroom discussion and through the writing assignments. This course should appeal to those contemplating careers in public policy, international relations, human rights, or the military, but also to those interested in exploring an interesting and compact body of law which is increasingly becoming a part of public discourse.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Midterm Type (if any): None
Description: None

Final Type (if any): None
Description: None

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will prepare and submit 2-4 short (3-7 pages) memoranda on assigned topics, and a final research paper of 10+ pages on a topic of the student's choice. Final research paper of ten pages or more due on the last day of the exam period, at 12 Noon (EST).

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: No Mutual Exclusions
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Resources: To be announced.
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the Writing Requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

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Cross Listed: No
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Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Friday, April 16, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Sunday, May 02, 11:59 PM