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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3146: International Law, Conflict and Strategy

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the precise content may vary from year to year, including in response to current developments, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover all or some of the following topics. Some content may be delivered by visiting lecturers.


The Context: Law, Conflict and Strategy

  • foundations of public international law
  • foundations of strategy


I. The Use of Force

  • the rules governing the use of force
  • collective security and the United Nations
  • the Global War on Terror: from Afghanistan to ‘unwilling and unable’


           II. The Conduct of Hostilities

  • the law of armed conflict
  • battlefield status and military objectives
  • precautions in attack and collateral damage


III. Current Challenges and Developments

  • cyber warfare, killer robots, artificial intelligence and drones
  • grey zone conflict
  • international criminal justice and its alternatives


Law, Conflict and Strategy: Some Lessons

  • a practical perspective
  • some conclusions

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 activities4422 x 2 hour Lectures
Scheduled learning and teaching activities96 x 1.5 hour Workshops
Guided independent study155Individual reading and lecture preparation
Guided independent study32Seminar preparation
Guided independent study 40Summative assessment preparation
Guided independent study 20Formative assessment preparation

Online Resources

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