Legal and Moral Problems of International Violence - ZHSS8404

Faculty: UNSW Canberra at ADFA

School: School of Humanities and Social Sciences @ UNSW Canberra at ADFA

Course Outline: ZHSS8404 Course Outline

Campus: UNSW Canberra at ADFA

Career: Postgraduate

Units of Credit: 6

EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)

Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 2

CSS Contribution Charge: 1 (more info)

Tuition Fee: See Tuition Fee Schedule

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Most states, most of the time, seek to justify their use of violence against other states, using both legal and moral arguments. The course first examines the much-disputed relationship between law, morality and politics. It then explores topics such as: just war and self-defence; armed intervention with other states (from assassination to humanitarian intervention); laws of armed conflict; terrorists, irregulars and mercenaries; regulation of weapons of war; use of force by the United Nations; and enforcement of law by international courts. The course also asks whether individuals, civilian and military, can conscientiously object to violence by their state.


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