Course ObjectiveWhen finalizing the course, students will have knowledge and
- The prospects and problems of international law as an instrument of
mitigating and overcoming inter-state war;
- The historical context in which certain approaches concerning fencing
the use of force developed
- The prospects and problems of systems of collective security;
- The prospects and problems of combining international law and
political science in studying international security.
Course ContentThe aim of this course is to introduce students to the changing
international rules and regulations on the use of armed force from the
perspectives of international law, history and political
Over the course of human history, the nature of war and armed conflict
has been changing frequently and dramatically. In addition to
technology, these developments have been driven by changing ideas about
just causes and legitimate ways of using armed force. Limiting the human
costs of war has become an ever more powerful motive in designing and
modifying the rules governing the use of force. The prime instrument of
fencing the use of armed force has been international law. The course
discusses the most important developments in the laws of armed conflict
since the late Middle Ages, including just war theory, collective
security and humanitarian interventions from an interdisciplinary
perspective that builds on Public International Law and Political
Science/International Relations. This interdisciplinary perspective
allows a comprehensive understanding of the achievements and
shortcomings in the laws and politics of fencing the use of force.
Milestones under discussing include early modern concepts of just war,
the balance of power system of the 19th century, the League of Nations,
the United Nations system and recent efforts to promote a Responsibility
Method of Assessmentwritten assignment
LiteratureHathaway, Oona/Shapiro, Scott 2017: The Internationalists. How a Radical
Plan to Outlaw War Remade the World. New York: Simon and Schuster.
Target Audience2nd year bachelor students in the minor Peace and Conflict Studies.
The course is also open as an elective course.
|Language of Tuition||English|
|Faculty||Faculty of Social Sciences|
|Course Coordinator||prof. dr. W.M. Wagner|
|Examiner||prof. dr. W.M. Wagner|
dr. D.B.R. Kroeze
prof. dr. W.M. Wagner
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