Postgraduate Module Descriptor

LAWM097: The International Law of Armed Conflict

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Please note that the following syllabus is indicative and that the topics covered by the module may change from year to year:


  1. Introduction to the Law of Armed Conflict
  2.  Material, Geographical and Temporal Scope of Application
  3.  Personal Scope of Application
  4.  Means of Warfare
  5.  Methods of Warfare
  6.  Targeting
  7.  Treatment of Civilians and Persons hors de combat
  8.  Detention in Armed Conflict
  9.  Belligerent Occupation
  10.  The Law of Non-International Armed Conflict
  11.  Other Fields of Application: Air, Maritime and Peace Support Operations

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 & Teaching activities33Seminars (11 x 3 hours): the main teaching method for the module consists of weekly seminars requiring active participation by all students under the guidance of the module convenor
Guided independent study27Preparation of seminar paper: for each seminar at least one student will research, write and present a paper on the seminar topic to the rest of the group
Guided independent study200Assigned seminar readings (including reading for the seminar paper)
Guided independent study40Preparation of the summative essay

Online Resources

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

International Committee of the Red Cross:

International Review of the Red Cross:

International Law Department, US Naval War College:

International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia:

United Nations War Crimes Commission Law Reports of Trials of War Criminals (LRTWC):