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Postgraduate Module Descriptor

LAWM097: International Law of Armed Conflict

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

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


  • overview of the sources and development of the law of armed conflict
  • material, geographical and temporal scope of application
  • battlefield status and protection of persons
  • military objectives
  • means and methods of warfare
  • precautions in attack
  • detention during armed conflict.

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 Activity33Weekly seminars (11 x 3 hours)
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity3Attendance at relevant events organised by the Exeter Centre for International Law
Guided Independent Study194Assigned reading
Guided Independent Study 20Preparation of formative essay
Guided Independent Study 40Preparation of summative essay
Guided Independent Study 10Preparation of seminar presentation

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):