LLAW6058 & JDOC6058

General Course Information

1.1 Course details

Course code: LLAW6058 / JDOC6058
Course name: Armed Conflict, Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
Programme offered under: LLM Programme / JD Programme
Semester: Second
Prerequisites / Co-requisites: No
Credit point value: 9 credits / 6 credits

1.2 Course description

This course gives an introduction to the regulation of armed conflicts under international law. It begins with an overview of the historical evolution of the law regulating the waging of war (jus ad bellum) and conduct of war (jus in bello), and the classification of armed conflicts and other situations of violence. The bulk of the course focuses on the legal rules governing the conduct of armed conflicts and explores the relationship among the law regulating the use of force and international humanitarian law (IHL), and their interplay with international human rights law (IHRL) and international criminal law. It also explores the interplay between armed conflicts and environmental crises, and the significance of transitional justice in healing societies and building resilience to prevent future violence. The course invites participants to reflect critically on the morality and legal and social implications of using force to resolve conflicts and to place the development of IHL and IHRL along the path of human progress.

1.3 Course teachers

Name E-mail address Office Consultation
Course convenor S K Lee sklee1@hku.hk CCT 301B By email

Learning Outcomes

2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course

CLO 1 Understand and analyse what amounts to an armed conflict under international law, and the distinction between international armed conflicts (IAC), non-international armed conflicts (NIAC) and other situations of violence, and be able to evaluate and so classify a particular situation of violence.

CLO 2 Describe and explain different rules of international law applicable to different types of armed conflicts and other situations of violence, including the law regulating / prohibiting the use of force, international humanitarian law (IHL), international human rights law (IHRL) and international criminal law.

CLO 3 Understand and describe the distinction and interplay between IHL and IHRL.

CLO 4 Understand and evaluate the interplay between armed conflicts and environmental crises.

CLO 5 Understand and critically evaluate the effectiveness of different transitional justice methods in re-building societies and avoiding recurrence of violence.

CLO 6 Critically reflect on the legal and moral implications of use of force to resolve conflicts.

2.2 LLM and JD Programme Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Please refer to the following link:

LLM – https://course.law.hku.hk/llm-plo/

JD – https://course.law.hku.hk/jd-plo/

2.3 Programme Learning Outcomes to be achieved in this course

PLO A PLO B PLO C PLO D PLO E PLO F
CLO 1
CLO 2
CLO 3
CLO 4
CLO 5
CLO 6

Assessment(s)

3.1 Assessment Summary

Assessment task Due date Weighting Feedback method* Course learning outcomes
Class participation N/A 20% 1, 5 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Research paper TBC 80% 1, 2 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
*Feedback method (to be determined by course teacher)
1 A general course report to be disseminated through Moodle
2 Individual feedback to be disseminated by email / through Moodle
3 Individual review meeting upon appointment
4 Group review meeting
5 In-class verbal feedback

3.2 Assessment Detail

To be advised by the convenor.

3.3 Grading Criteria

Please refer to the following link: https://www.law.hku.hk/_files/law_programme_grade_descriptors.pdf

Learning Activities

4.1 Learning Activity Plan

Seminar: 3 hours / week for 11 teaching weeks
Private study time: 9.5 hours / week for 11 teaching weeks

Remarks: the normative student study load per credit unit is 25 ± 5 hours (ie. 150 ± 30 hours for a 6-credit course), which includes all learning activities and experiences within and outside of classroom, and any assessment task and examinations and associated preparations.

4.2 Details of Learning Activities

To be advised by the convenor.

Learning Resources

5.1 Resources

Reading materials: Reading materials are posted on Moodle
Core reading list: TBA
Recommended reading list: TBA

5.2 Links

Please refer to the following link: http://www.law.hku.hk/course/learning-resources/