COURSE INTRODUCTION AND APPLICATION INFORMATION


Course Name
International Humanitarian Law
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
LAW 472
Fall/Spring
3
0
3
4
Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Elective
Course Level
First Cycle
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives The main reason of existence of this law is the concept of war. The aim of this course is to analyze the rules of international law applicable to international and non-international armed conflicts. In this regard, criteria used to classify armed conflicts, law applicable to different types of armed conflicts, groups of persons specially protected under the humanitarian law, places which cannot be targeted in armed conflicts and restrictions on the weapons and methods which can be used in armed conflicts will be explored.
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Explain the concept of use of force today.
  • Explain when International Humanitarian Law is applicable;
  • Describe the key principles of International Humanitarian Law;
  • List the main sources of International Humanitarian Law;
  • Explain the obligations of those involved under International Humanitarian Law,
  • Apply International Humanitarian Law to concrete situations;
  • Identify problematic issues regarding the implementation of International Humanitarian Law.
Course Content Geneva Conventions together with its protocols are the major source of International Humanitarian Law today. The main focus of this course will be on the Geneva Conventions and other international treaties.

 



Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses
X
Supportive Courses
Media and Managment Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 Introduction to Course
2 Brief History of Use of Force Green, Comtemporary Law of Armed Conflict p.1-12
3 War, Conflict and Law Green, Comtemporary Law of Armed Conflict p.13-17
4 UN and Prohibition of Use of Force Presentation week
5 Humanitarian Intervention Doctrine Kerem Batır, Humanitarian Intervention in International Law: European Conflicts.
6 Fundemental Principles of Humanitarian Law Green, Comtemporary Law of Armed Conflict p.20-53
7 People under Protection Green, Comtemporary Law of Armed Conflict p.196-243
8 Prohibition on the Use of Weapons and Arms Control (Biological and Chemical Weapons, Landmines, Laser Weapons, Nuclear Weapons and NPT) Green, Comtemporary Law of Armed Conflict p.123-144
9 International Armed Conflicts and Humanitarian Law –I (Basic Rules of International Armed Conflict, the Conduct of hostilities) Green, Comtemporary Law of Armed Conflict p.54-69
10 International Armed Conflicts and Humanitarian Law-II (principles regarding to use of weapons) Green, Comtemporary Law of Armed Conflict p.70-100
11 Non-international Armed Conflicts and Humanitarian Law (Internal Armed Conflict, Article 3 common to the Geneva Conventions and Protocol II) Green, Comtemporary Law of Armed Conflict p.317-331
12 Terrorism and International Humanitarian Law İbrahim Kaya, Terörle Mücadele ve Uluslararası Hukuk, USAK yayınları-2005.
13 Peace Operations and International Humanitarian Law Green, Comtemporary Law of Armed Conflict p.336-346
14 Occupation and International Humanitarian law Reading list will be provided in the course outline
15 War Crimes, International Criminal Law and Humanitarian Law Green, Comtemporary Law of Armed Conflict p.286-310
16 Final Exam
Course Textbooks Leslie C. Green, The Contemporary Law of Armed Conflict, Manchester University Press, 2000. Adam Roberts and Richard Guelff, Documents on the Laws of War, OUP,2000. Ayşe Nur Tütüncü, İnsancıl Hukuka Giriş, Beta Yayınları,2006. Kerem Batır, Humanitarian Intervention in International Law: European Conlifts, VDM Verlag- 2010.
References

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Requirements Number Percentage
Participation
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
1
20
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Midterms / Oral Exams
1
30
Final / Oral Exam
1
50
Total

Contribution of Semester Work to Final Grade
1
50
Contribution of Final Work to Final Grade
1
50
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
3
48
Laboratory / Application Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
Study Hours Out of Class
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
1
10
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Midterms / Oral Exams
1
20
Final / Oral Exam
1
30
    Total
108

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Qualifications / Outcomes
* Level of Contribution
1
2
3
4
5
1 To solve problems, to have analytical and holistic viewpoint and to develop strategic thinking as a principle in the field of law X
2 It is aimed to graduate students whom are able to critique what they have already learn in the field of law, adopting lifelong learning and continuously developing themselves X
3 It is aimed to graduate students whom are able to analyze and interpret their academic knowledge and express their solutions regarding legal problems both oral and written X
4 It is aimed to graduate students whom are able to understand the legal concepts and ideas in both national and multinational settings and practice cross disciplinary and comparative analysis X
5 To be aware of principles of social, occupational, and legal ethics X
6 To create solutions with creative and innovative motives when coming across with unexpected legal situations, and be able to apply the academic gain during new and unconventional occasions X
7 Acquiring leadership qualifications and applying them successfully X
8 Working efficiently and effectively, learning how to be a team member, taking responsibilities, being open minded, constructive, vulnerable to criticism and having self confidence X
9 To be able to reach the latest scientific resources, court decisions and other sources of law and be able to transfer the academic knowledge to real life with both national and international thinking X
10 To know and act according to the social, scientific and ethical values under any circumstances such as data collection, interpretation, announcing and practicing regarding legal, social and political progress X
11 To be able to use a foreign language as fluent as possible for both pursuing the legal information and court decisions and developing proper communication with colleagues from other countries, ("European Language Portfolio Global Scale", Level B1) X
12 Above average in both written and spoken of a second foreign language X
13 Able to use computer programs and technology to an adequate level required by the field of law ("European Computer Driving License", Advanced Level") X

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest