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Law, War and Human Rights

  • 6- week Monday (6.30-8.30pm) course run on consecutive Monday evenings from 16 February 2015 - 23 March 2015
  • CPD accredited by the Law Society & Bar Standards Board - 2 points per class

This six-week programme, carried out by way of a two-hour seminar each Monday evening, 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, children and groups vulnerable during armed conflict 
  • Terrorism, war and conflict

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.

Teachers

The course is taught by a panel of distinguished experts, including:

  • 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 aw at the Graduate Institute of International Studies Institute and former Representative of Amnesty International to the United Nations in New York.
  • 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 Madeleine Colvin. Madeleine is a human rights lawyer who worked for several human rights organisations including Liberty and JUSTICE. She is the author of publications on surveillance and privacy. She is currently a human rights consultant and a part-time Immigration Judge. She is an Associate Tenant at Doughty Street Chambers, a member of the Ethics Group for the national DNA database, and a practising mediator focusing on equality issues.

Fees and administration

Book by 14 November 2014 and pay just £990, a 10% discount on the standard course fee. From 15 November the standard course fee of £1,100 will apply. Book online now.|

A note on using the LSE online store: Please note that places can only be confirmed once full payment of the course fee has been received. It is not possible to reserve a place prior to making payment. In order to confirm your booking you must click on the ‘Add to Basket’ button on the Booking Summary page and then proceed through the checkout process. Once your order is complete you will receive an email confirming your place on the course.

Subsidised places

The Centre is able to offer up to five subsidised (half price) places, at £550, in support of those who would otherwise be unable to take the course. 

Applications for subsidised places will be competitively assessed together after the deadline of Noon, Thursday 15 January, 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. 

Please note that if your application 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. 

Download the subsidised place application form| (Word document)

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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