LAW OF WAR SEMINAR
(LAWG-4049) - 3 UNITS
The decision to fight a "war on terror" made the international law governing the conduct of hostilities (the "law of war") an important part of contemporary public discussion of national security policy. This course will introduce students to the full scope of the modern law of war, including the Geneva Conventions of 1949 as well as the many other less well-known treaties, customary rules, and the jurisprudence of war crimes trials. Class sessions will cover both the historic development and present state of the law, and participants will discuss current issues of concern such as the use of drones for targeted killing, the validity of Guantanamo detentions and military commission trials, the applicability of "old law" to newly emerging technologies, and the concurrent applicability of human rights law in time of armed conflict. Each student will have the opportunity to explore a topic of personal interest in a substantial research paper. Prior exposure to international law is helpful but not required.