Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3146: International Law, Conflict and Strategy

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.


NQF Level 6
Credits 30 ECTS Value 15
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (12 weeks) and term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Aurel Sari (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


The purpose of this module, which is designed and delivered jointly by the Strategy and Security Institute and the Law School, is to offer a prism through which students of law and security can explore the interaction between international law and strategy. The module could be of particular interests to students on the flexible combined honours programme.


The module will ask you to engage with international law and strategy through a series of case-studies. The first part of the course will provide you with a basic foundation in international law and strategic thought. The second part will examine four clusters of case studies on the use of force, the regulation of warfare, the challenges posed by technology and the question of international accountability and justice. Each of these clusters focuses on a range of cases, conflicts or real-life dilemmas to explore the competing legal and policy arguments in order to illustrate the complex interaction between international law and strategy. The third part of the module will revisit the relationship between international law and strategy in more general terms in order to draw certain common lessons from the case-studies.


Only students who have not studied Public International Law (LAW2034/LAW3024) may enrol on this module. Students who have studied Public International Law (LAW2034/LAW3024) must enrol on International Law, Conflict and Strategy (LAW3146A), which is designed for students with prior knowledge of public international law. 


The present module may not be studied at the same time as Public International Law (LAW3024).

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