Postgraduate Module Descriptor

LAWM716: The International Law of Military Operations

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:

  • Presence and mandate of foreign forces

  • Jurisdiction and immunity

  • Status of forces agreements
  • Peacekeeping and peace support operations
  • Legal aspects of multinational operations
  • ROE, Self-Defence and Force Protection
  • Protection of vulnerable persons and groups
  • Military operations at sea
  • Air law and military operations
  • International responsibility and the armed forces

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity30Seminars (10 x 3 hours): the main teaching method for the module consists of weekly seminars requiring active participation by all students under guidance of the module convenor.
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity3Exercise: this activity will take place over two days and simulate a command post exercise to provide you with an opportunity to apply your knowledge in a practical setting.
Guided Independent Study24Preparation of seminar paper: for each seminar at least one student will research and write a paper on the seminar topic, presenting it to the rest of the group.
Guided Independent Study200Assigned seminar readings (including for the seminar paper).
Guided Independent Study40Preparation of the assessed/summative essay.
Guided Independent Study3Preparation for the exercise.

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

United Nations:

NATO basic texts:


Opinio Juris (blog):

EJIL:Talk! (blog):