Law, Force and Legitimacy - ZGEN2215

Faculty: UNSW Canberra at ADFA

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

Course Outline:

Campus: UNSW Canberra at ADFA

Career: Undergraduate

Units of Credit: 6

EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)

Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 3

CSS Contribution Charge: 1 (more info)

Tuition Fee: See Tuition Fee Schedule

Further Information: See Class Timetable

Available for General Education: Yes (more info)

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The course will provide a detailed overview of international humanitarian law, and the legal obligations it imposes on states and armed forces prior to and during conflict. It provides a detailed introduction to the historical development of international humanitarian law, its key obligations, and the debate surrounding its creation. It then surveys a series of related ethical, legal and operational challenges raised by new forms of conflict and military operations including counterinsurgency and counter-terrorism, stability and reconstruction operations, humanitarian interventions and complex emergencies, conventional war-fighting, and air operations. Rather than narrowly treating ethical issues in terms of legal obligations, it explores how ethical questions have become central to strategic success.
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