Theories and Approaches to War and Collective Security

2019-2020

Course Objective

The course conveys
- knowledge and understanding of international conflict and
security law, including jus ad bellum, jus in bello and jus post bellum;
- knowledge and understanding of the nature and development
of contemporary armed conflicts;
- knowledge and understanding of the overlaps and
differences between the legal and political science approaches to
international security;
- knowledge and understanding of the interrelationship
between international law and international politics in the area of
international security;
- knowledge and understanding of the difficulties involved
in the application of ‘traditional’ legal and political science concepts
to contemporary armed conflicts.
- Capability of independently set up legal and political
arguments in the area of international conflict and security law;
- a critical, creative and innovative attitude with regard
to the way in which problems in the area of international conflict and
security are framed in academic, legal and policy debates;
- a critical, creative and innovative attitude with regard
to the existing legal framework in the field of international conflict
and security;
- a critical, creative and innovative attitude with regard
to academic research as well as research results.

Course Content

The course studies the evolution of war and collective security from the
perspectives of international law and international politics. The course
introduces students to legal and political theories of international
security and discusses the interplay between law and politics in this
field.

Teaching Methods

-All students are required to give at least one presentation during
class. More information on the presentations will be provided in the
syllabus.
-Class discussion, students are supposed to actively contribute to class
discussion.
-Simulations
-Interactive lectures

Method of Assessment

Practical assignment (50%) and paper (50%).

Literature

- David Kennedy, Of War and Law, Princeton University Press 2006
(available as e-book in the VU library)
- Stephen Neff, War and the Law of Nations. A General History, Cambridge
University Press 2005 (available as e-book in the VU library).
- Christine Chinkin & Mary Kaldor, International Law and New Wars,
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2017 (available as e-book in the
VU library).
- Christine Gray, International Law and the Use of Force, fourth
edition, Oxford University Press 2018 (please note: we only use a
limited number of chapters from this book and it is online available in
the library).
-Additional literature (either available electronically via VU library
or to be handed out and/or posted on Canvas).

NB: the literature is subject to change!

Target Audience

This course is only open to students of the programme Law and Politics
of International Security.

Additional Information

The course is open for students enrolled in the Master programme Law and
Politics of International Security.

General Information

Course Code R_TAWCS
Credits 12 EC
Period P1
Course Level 500
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Law
Course Coordinator mr. dr. H.M. Sprik
Examiner mr. dr. H.M. Sprik
Teaching Staff mr. dr. H.M. Sprik

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Teaching Methods Lecture