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Postgraduate Module Descriptor

LAWM114: Post-Conflict Governance, Rule of Law and Justice

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

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:

  • Introduction to the concept of stabilisation operations and its legal underpinnings in post- crisis and transitional environments;
  • Safe and secure environment in integrated military-civil effort- legal challenges;
  • Rule of Law and post-conflict judiciary, law enforcement and prison administration;
  • Transitional justice and dealing with conflict- related crimes,
  • Right of return and post-conflict resettlement;
  • Stable governance: involving legal aspects of the creation and functioning of effective State institutions encompassing legislative, executive and judicial division of powers,
  • Going forward: regulation of free and responsible media, fair and independent elections and robust civil society;
  • Law and sustainable economy;
  • Vulnerable groups: legal protection of minorities; ensuring access to justice for women;
  • Role of international, regional and national organisations in advancement of rule of law, in peace building process and stabilisation effort.

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)
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 essay 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).

Lawfare (blog):

Just Security (blog):

Opinio Juris (blog):