Currnt Issues/Laws of War (SC)

Section 1, J-Term 20

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 12/16
Credits: 1

Course Description

The laws of war seek to reconcile the realities of armed conflict with humanitarian concerns for people affected by those conflicts. Though these laws have deep historical roots, the complexities of modern conflicts and quickly shifting technologies make the rules increasingly relevant – yet increasingly challenging to apply. This seminar will examine three new technologies that are placing stress on the system: drones, robots, and cyber weapons. The first day we will explore existing law of war principles that are relevant when considering the impact of new technologies on existing rules. We will spend the second day discussing drones; the third exploring the use of cyber weapons in armed conflict; and the fourth evaluating the legal, ethical, and political questions raised by autonomous weapons systems (AWS, a.k.a. lethal robots). On the final day we will attempt to negotiate a consensus treaty that regulates AWS.

Course Requirements

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

Final Type (if any): None
Description: None
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Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will write three (3) 2-3 page papers (each about 800-1000 words) to be submitted directly to the professor (not via EXPO). 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 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.

General Information

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