International Law and the Use of Force

Section 1, Fall 22

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 15/16
Credits: 3
Days* Time Room Start Date End Date
  • W
  • 1540-1740
  • WB119
08/31/2022 12/07/2022
*“R” means Thursday

Course Description

This seminar will examine the extent to which international law successfully regulates the use of force in the international community. We will focus on the prohibition on the use of force found in the U.N. Charter, and the exceptions to that prohibition. The course will explore in detail the rights of national and collective self-defense, authorization of force by the U.N. Security Council, humanitarian intervention, the protection of nationals, and the use of force against non-state actors. Using both historical and contemporary case-studies (including Russia/Ukraine, Libya, Kosovo, the two Gulf Wars, and the conflict with al Qaeda and the Islamic State), we will examine the identities and incentives of players in the international community who interpret rules relating to the use of force. Thematically, the course will emphasize the role of international law in state decision-making; the importance of state practice in the evolution of international rules; and the relationship between substantive decision-making and the procedural requirements of international law.

Course Requirements

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

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will be required to write six short papers directly to the professor (not via EXPO) throughout the course. Deadlines to be announced.

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
Course Resources: To be announced.
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

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

*If “Yes,” then students are required to submit a substantial research paper in this course, which means students do not need to submit any form to SRO for this paper to meet their upper-level writing requirement. If “No,” then students must submit a “special request” e-form to SRO (available via LawWeb) no later than five weeks after the start of the term for a paper in this class to be counted toward the upper-level 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.

Schedule No.
Law No.
Modified Type
ABA Seminar
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Tuesday, November 29, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Friday, December 09, 11:59 PM