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Postgraduate Module Descriptor

LAWM097: The International Law of Armed Conflict

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Please note that the following syllabus is indicative and that the topics covered by the module may change from year to year:

  • Introduction to the Law of Armed Conflict
  • Material, Geographical and Temporal Scope of Application
  • Personal Scope of Application
  • Targeting
  • Means of Warfare
  • Methods of Warfare
  • Detention in Armed Conflict
  • LOAC and International Human Rights Law
  • The Law of Non-International Armed Conflict
  • Humanitarian Assistance

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity30Seminars (10 x 3 hours): the main teaching method for the module consists of weekly seminars requiring active participation by all students under guidance of the module convenor.
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity3Exercise: this activity will take place over two days and simulate a command post exercise to provide you with an opportunity to apply your knowledge in a practical setting.
Guided Independent Study24Preparation of seminar paper: for each seminar at least one student will research and write a paper on the seminar topic, presenting it to the rest of the group.
Guided Independent Study200Assigned seminar readings (including for the seminar paper).
Guided Independent Study40Preparation of the assessed/summative essay.
Guided Independent Study3Preparation for the exercise.

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

International Committee of the Red Cross:

International Review of the Red Cross:

International Law Department, US Naval War College:

International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia:

United Nations War Crimes Commission Law Reports of Trials of War Criminals (LRTWC):