Law of Armed Conflict
The use of force is one of the most powerful tools at a nation's disposal to influence other nations. However, this tool is not unlimited but is regulated by the laws of armed conflict. This course will study the laws of armed conflict by applying them to a fact driven scenario. The course will start with the national decision to go to war and follow the law of armed conflict through the different phases of a military operation from invasion through open hostilities, to occupation, counterinsurgency, and post-conflict reconstruction. In each phase, the key contemporary issues will be highlighted, including the application of human rights to armed conflict, civilian detention, the definition of combatants, and targeting with unmanned aerial systems. The goal of the course is to give each student broad exposure to the law of armed conflict and some of the role it plays in modern warfare.