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
Mode of Delivery -
Teaching Methods and Techniques of the Course
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 Description 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 Required Materials
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 Notes/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.
Suggested Readings/Materials

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Activities Number Weigthing
Participation
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Portfolio
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
1
20
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exam
Midterm
1
30
Final Exam
1
50
Total

Weighting of Semester Activities on the Final Grade
1
50
Weighting of End-of-Semester Activities on the Final Grade
1
50
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Semester 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
0
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Portfolio
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
1
10
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exam
Midterms
1
20
Final Exams
1
30
    Total
108

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Competencies/Outcomes
* Contribution Level
1
2
3
4
5
1

To be able to possess the knowledge in legal terminology, concepts and principles.

X
2

To be able to solve the legal problems with an analytic and integral point of view.

X
3

To be able to evaluate the legal knowledge and abilities obtained with a critical approach.

X
4

To be able to evaluate the developments in legal theory and practice by monitoring local, international and interdisciplinary dimensions.

X
5

To be able to have awareness of social, professional and scientific principles of ethic behaviour.

X
6

To be able to take responsibility in solving problems by creative and innovative thinking.

X
7

To be able to interpret the legal norms with a sense of justice respectful to human rights and in the light of principles of democratic, secular and social state of law.

X
8

Working efficiently and effectively, learning how to be a team member, taking responsibilities, being open minded, constructive, open to criticism and having self confidence

X
9

To be able to use the daily scientific sources and court judgments in the framework of life time learning approach.

X
10

To be able to inform the related persons and institutions about legal matters both verbally and in written.

X
11

To be able to monitor the daily legal information/court decisions and interacts with the colleagues in a foreign language (“European Language Portfolio Global Scale” Level B1) .

X
12

To be able to use the information and communication technology together with the computer programs in a level required by the area of law (“European Computer Driving Licence, Advanced Level”).

X

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