War and Intervention (3 credits)

In this seminar we will study the legal, ethical and political aspects of war and intervention. The first part of the seminar will cover the history of war and various theoretical frameworks used to explain it: just war theory, realism and pacifism. The second part of the seminar will explore the current international law regarding the use of force, with a special emphasis on the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. We will discuss the notion of aggression, self-defense and humanitarian intervention under customary and UN Charter law, including pertinent resolutions of the UN Security Council. Finally, time permitting, we will conduct an introductory survey of the laws of war as established in the Geneva. Students must read the assigned materials, participate in class, and write a paper on a topic related to the seminar. The final grade will be based on these factors. Prerequisites: None