Objectives of the course

The main goal is to introduce students to the basic concepts, institutes and principles of International Humanitarian Law, or as it is called the Right to Armed Conflict. These are rules that apply in modern armed conflicts. This module is conceived as a contribution to the study of the emergence, development and contemporary status of international humanitarian law, as an integral part of international public law in general, but also as a special scientific discipline.

CodeSubject statusSemesterClassesECTS
P-MHP Chosen X 2+2 5

Acquired knowledge

After mastering the method units of the module, the students will get the basic knowledge in the field of IHL, which will be useful for employing and working in structures and institutions. Students will be familiarized with sources of IHL, international and non-international armed conflicts, restrictions on warfare in international and non-international armed conflicts, protected persons in armed conflicts, the concept of neutrality in war, war rules, war crimes and international criminal trials (International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and / permanent / International Criminal Court).

Content of the subject

Sources of war and humanitarian law. War and other types of armed conflicts. Restrictions of war are mandatory in all armed conflicts. The basic rules of war and hostilities. Protection of prisoners of war, wounded, sick and shipwrecked. Invasion and occupation – protection of the civilian population. International Criminal Court Bodies. International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (jurisdiction, statute, rules and procedure, judgments). International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Permanent International Criminal Court.

Teaching methods and material mastering

Lectures, interactive forms of teaching, case analysis, individual and group projects.

Forms of knowledge assessment

  • Test 1 (0-15 points)
  • Test 2 (0-15 points)
  • Final exam (0-50 points)
  • Research work (0-15 points)
  • Teaching activities (0-5 points)