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International Humanitarian Law

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23 November 2020 - 27 November 2020
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Course: International Humanitarian Law


Niteesh Kumar Upadhyay, Galgotias University, India


- 23.11.2020 - 27.11.2020 | 16:30-17:50

Working language: English


Course: International Humanitarian Law, 23-27 November, 16:30-17:50

Number of Lecture:  5:20 (1 hour 20 minutes Each) + 1:20 final evaluation and discussions

Delivered by: Dr.Niteesh Kumar Upadhyay, Faculty of Law, Galgotias University, India and  Research Advisor South Ural State University, Russia  


Introduction to the course:This is an introductory course on International Humanitarian Law. International Humanitarian Law protects persons who are not or are no longer participating in the hostilities and restricts the means and methods of warfare. This course will analyse the law concerning armed hostilities, including its fundamental principles of military necessity, distinction and proportionality  and other specific prohibitions. By this introductory course learners will have a better grasp of IHL and will be able to illustrate how they limit the effects of armed conflict on civilian population.  Learners will also learn how IHL is implemented, what happens when violations occur and what the ICRC’s role is in promoting respect for this body of law. This course will also touch briefly international criminal law and its impact on International Humanitarian Law . 


Course Aims: The course is intended to offer students a comprehensive view of the subject of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) or the law of armed conflict and its broad interrelationship with some of the other branches of international law like International Human Rights Law , International Criminal Law and International Refugee Law.


Course Outcomes: 

1. Develop skills in critical, logical and structured reasoning generally and within the context of international humanitarian law in particular;

2. Understand warfare as a social phenomenon and its regulation from a legal perspective;

3. Appreciate the interplay between legal rules and social values underlying the conduct of warfare;

4. Evaluate International Humanitarian law and its connection with refugee law, international criminal law and international human rights law.


Lecture one:Introduction to International Humanitarian Law (IHL), History and Development of IHL, IHL and Human Rights;


Lecture Two:  Rules of Conduct of Hostilities, General Limitations on the Means and Methods of Warfare, Prohibited Weapons. The Principle of Distinction, Rule of Military Necessity and Rule of Proportionality, Distinction ;

Lecture Third:  Protected Persons and Property, emblem, Wounded, The Sick, The Shipwrecked, Prisoners of War, Medical, Religious and Relief Personnel, Protection of Civilians, Protection of Women, Protection of Children, Protection of ICRC Staff and other people involved in Humanitarian assistance


Lecture Fourth: protection of Cultural property, contemporary challenges to International Humanitarian Law, How implementation of International Criminal Law supports Implementation of International Humanitarian law;


Lecture fifth Final evaluation: MCQ Based Exam


Teaching Pedagogy :  Socratic Method , Tabula Rasa , Fish Bowl Approach , Discussion Method , Lecture , Audio Visual .



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