Law Winter School - LAW30003 International Humanitarian Law. The Past, Present, and Future of the Law of Armed Conflict

4-7 July 2018 (2pm - 6pm) Gold Coast Campus

This unit will provide an overview of the law of armed conflict.  We will address the fundamental principles of armed conflict, including humanity, necessity, proportionality, and distinction, and examine how those principles are applied in practice.  We will focus on specific topics such as targeting, detention, and weaponeering.  We will also study the different rules applicable in different contexts, such as the distinction between international armed conflict and non-international armed conflict, as well as the relationship between human rights law and the law of armed conflict.  We will consider accountability processes for law of armed conflict violations, principally war crimes, including investigation, criminal prosecution, and war crimes.  Finally, we will discuss new frontiers in the law, such as issues raised by the use of autonomous weapons, privatization, and cyber-conflict.

Delivered by: Laura A. Dickinson, Oswald Symister Colclough Research Professor of Law, The George Washington University. Laura is currently in a one-year position as Senior Counsel to the General Counsel of the US Department of Defense. Find more about our presenter at

Unit details:



Law Winter School 2018

Date and time

From: 02:00 PM Wednesday, July 4, 2018 To: 06:00 PM Saturday, July 7, 2018


Southern Cross University
Gold Coast Campus


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