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Law, War and Human Rights

  • Intensive two-day course
  • Dates: 15-16 February 2018 

This programme examines the laws of war and international criminal law from the perspective of international human rights law. It confronts the crucial questions: are human rights law, the laws of war and international criminal law three distinct disciplines? Have they now become so entwined that it is not possible fully to understand one without some knowledge of the other?

Humanitarian law, international criminal law and the law of human rights have many features in common. This course will make the links between these different strands of law and show how they work together and complement each other. It will also show where they are distinct and analyse why it is necessary to acknowledge that the three bodies of law are separate, despite the fact that the three strands work towards many of the same goals.

At the course's conclusion, participants will have a real grasp of how human rights law now informs all aspects of conflict and its aftermath, including terrorism and international crimes. A certificate of attendance from the Centre for the Study of Human Rights at LSE will be awarded to all those who have successfully completed the course. 

Course components

  • The nature of armed conflict and the rules applying to the use of force 
  • International humanitarian law and international armed conflict
  • Human rights in times of armed conflict
  • Human rights, conflict and international criminal law
  • Women in war and armed conflict 
  • Terrorism, war and human rights

Why take this course?

  • Offers an in-depth analysis of law, war and human rights, including a detailed overview of international human rights standards relevant to war and conflict
  • Makes the links between the laws of war, international criminal law and human rights law
  • Offers access to leading human rights practitioners and academics
  • Explains the interaction between anti-terrorism laws and international human rights law
  • Engages with contemporary matters of great importance
  • Provides a strong theoretical understanding of some of the key issues of our times
  • Participants will be provided with detailed course materials created for each session and a comprehensive collection of relevant international documents
  • Participants will also have full access and borrowing rights at the LSE Library for the duration of the course

Who should take this course?

This course is relevant not only to those who need to be able to apply the international human rights law framework to the law of war in their work, but also to those who are interested in the added value of human rights, and in discussing and analysing all of these issues.

For those involved in developing government policy and practice, the course will be of great strategic value. Military lawyers will be able to use the course to update their knowledge. Equally the course will be highly beneficial for those who hold government to account, including journalists, campaigners, politicians and those acting for victims of conflict. Academics and students will find the course highly rewarding as will those with a general interest in war and conflict and how it is being regulated.


The course is taught by a panel of distinguished experts. Previous teachers include:

  • Dr Louise Arimatsu, LSEVisiting Senior Fellow, Centre for Women, Peace and Security, Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the Law Department at Exeter University
  • Professor Dapo Akande, professor in public international law and Co-Director of the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict, University of Oxford.
  • Professor Andrew Clapham, professor of international law at the Graduate Institute of International Studies Institute and former Representative of Amnesty International to the United Nations in New York.
  • Jonathan Cooper OBE, human rights specialist with experience before English and International courts and tribunals, as well as conducting training and advising on human rights issues in jurisdictions all over the world.
  • Professor Helen Duffy runs an international law practice ('Human Rights in Practice') that conducts human rights litigation before international fora; she is professor of humanitarian law and human rights at the University of Leiden and author of The 'War on Terror' and International law’ (Cambridge, 2nd ed., 2015).
  • Jane Gordon, LSE Visiting Fellow, independent human rights advisor to statutory and public agencies, and accredited gender and sexual violence expert with UN Women.
  • Professor William A. Schabas, professor of international law at Middlesex University, editor-in-chief of Criminal Law Forum, President of the Irish Branch of the International Law Association and chair of the International Institute for Criminal Investigation. From 2002-04 one of three international members of the Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

The course is convened, and each session chaired, by a leading human rights expert. In 2018 the Convenor is Dr Louise Arimatsu.

Fees and administration

  1. The standard course fee is £1,360. 
  2. LSE students, alumni and staff are entitled to a 10% discount.
  3. The Centre is able to offer up to five subsidised places, at £680 in support of those who would otherwise be unable to take the course.


Standard course fee: £1360.00 Register here.

10% Discount for LSE students, alumni and staff:  In order to claim the discounted rate (£1,224) LSE alumni, student and staff should contact the Course Administrator from their LSE email account, or in the case of alumni, with details of the programme they took. 

Subsidised places for those who would otherwise be unable to attend: Applications for subsidised places will be competitively assessed together after the deadline and places will be awarded on the basis of merit and financial need.

Priority will be given to those working in non-governmental or voluntary sector organisations who are able to demonstrate a clear benefit to that organisation beyond their personal education and professional development. 

The subsidised application form can be found here. Please submit by email to human.rights@lse.ac.uk. Once places are awarded, the registration link will be provided and applicants can then book online.

Deadline for subsidised space application: noon, Friday 1 December 2017

Please note that if your application for a subsidised place is not successful you will not be guaranteed a full-price place on the course as standard places are booked on a first-come first-served basis. 

Further queries

Please note that while we welcome participants from overseas, the Centre is regrettably not able to provide any additional assistance, financial or practical, in the securing of travel to, or accommodation in, London.

Frequently asked questions about the course

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