Not currently available in 2020

Unit description

Introduces students to the origins, development, key legal instruments, doctrines and institutional structures of international humanitarian law. Discusses key principles which aim to limit the conduct of hostilities and the use of means and methods of warfare, with a specific focus on the protection of the environment in times of armed conflict.

Unit content

Topic 1 Origins, sources and the historical development of IHL
Topic 2 International and non-international armed conflicts
Topic 3 Conduct of hostilities (means and methods of warfare)
Topic 4 Protection of combatants
Topic 5 Protection of civilians
Topic 6 Jus Ad Bellum
Topic 7 Targeting and IHL
Topic 8 Privatization, autonomous weaponry and IHL
Topic 9 ‘War on terror’ and its implications for IHL
Topic 10 Implementation of IHL and the role of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
Topic 11 The relationship between IHL and international human rights law, and other branches of international law
Topic 12 Criminal repression of breaches of IHL

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


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Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 3

Fee paying courses
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