Module Details

LW804-7-SP-CO: Topics In The International Law Of Armed Conflict

Year: 2017/18
Department: Law (School of)
Essex credit: 15
ECTS credit: 7.5
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: Yes
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: No
Outside Option: No
Pre-requisites: LW803

Supervisor: Professor Noam Lubell
Teaching Staff: Professor Noam Lubell
Contact details: School of Law, University of Essex. Telephone: 01206 872568 ; Email:

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

This module builds on and develops LW803: the International Law of Armed Conflict, which runs in the first term. It is based around in-depth analysis of key contemporary issues associated with armed conflict. Each issue is addressed in its context. Accordingly, although the law of armed conflict is necessarily of primary concern, discussion will also address relevant rules of international law, such as international human rights law or the law on the resort to force. The objective is to ensure that students have a full understanding of both the law of armed conflict and issues surrounding its application in practice. It is strongly recommended that all students on the LLM International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law take this module.

This module addresses:
* Fragmented conflicts (such as those occurring in the context of the 'war on terror');
* The use of drones and advanced technologies, such as autonomous weapons systems;
* Cyber-operations;
* Non-State armed groups;
* Detention occurring in the context of armed conflict;
* The role of legal advisors to the armed forces;
* Humanitarian access;
* 1 topic to be chosen in consultation with students;
* A scenario-based application of the law of armed conflict.

Learning and Teaching Methods

LW803 is a prerequisite for this module. The module is taught over a 9 week period, through two hour seminars. The topic of one of the seminars will be chosen in collaboration with the students, on the basis of interest and/or emerging issues; input will also be sought regarding the development of the scenario-based application of the law of armed conflict. Students may also be required to prepare in-class presentations.


100 per cent Coursework Mark


Take home exam distributed in the last week of term and due in on the date laid down in the PG Handbook – 5,000 words maximum, including footnotes, excluding bibliography, the title of which is to be agreed in advance with the module director.

Further information

External Examiner Information

  • Name: Prof Philip Leach
    Institution: Middlesex University
    Academic Role: Professor