Laws of War

This seminar will investigate whether and how the laws of war constrain different actors. It will provide a historical overview as well as an exploration of the different purposes of the laws of war. In particular, we will cover Hague law which governs the means and methods of war as well as Geneva Law with particular reference to the protection of civilians and prisoners of war. We will also address issues including the scope of liability during conflict; the differing constraints over international and non-international armed conflict; terrorism and the future of humanitarian law; as well as the environmental regulation of conflict. Prerequisites: None