Law of Armed Conflict

Section 1, Spring 23

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 16/16
Credits: 3
Days* Time Room Start Date End Date
  • T
  • 1800-2000
  • WB114
01/24/2023 04/25/2023
*“R” means Thursday

Course Description

The war in Ukraine has resulted in a heightened focus on the importance of the international norms governing armed conflict. Such concern is nothing new: 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, are but a few of the recent events generating interest in the topic. Public discussion is often plagued by misunderstandings of the applicable 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:
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 via EXPO by May 12, 2023 at 12 Noon (EST).

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
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

*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.

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Cross Listed: No
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Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Thursday, April 20, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Sunday, April 30, 11:59 PM