Legal institutions

Lecture, Seminar
  • Course description

    The aim of the Legal Insitutions module is to introduce students to the establishment of legal institutions and mechanisms governing armed conflict and humanitarian emergencies in the international system. In particular, we focus on three areas:  (1) Displacement, (2) Transitional Justice and (3) Protection of vulnerable groups.
  • Main themes

    1. Displacement
    2. Transitional Justice
    3. Protection of vulnerable groups
  • Learning outcomes

    In conformity with the learning outcomes set out by the NOHA network, students should achieve the following learning outcomes by the end of this module:
    Core Competencies
    -To develop a global vision of the contexts of conflict, emergency and vulnerable situations
    - To develop a deep understanding of legal aspects, health risks, political and ethical implications of humanitarian action
    - To understand conflict and emergency situations, including the main actors and beneficiaries
    - To develop basic skills in research design and research standards with regards to the M.A. thesis 

    Secondary Competencies
    - To contribute to drawing scenarios of future problem situations and possible solutions
    - To identify responsibilities in implementing humanitarian assistance and in assuming accountability
    - To assume leadership in view of long term and global visions 

    Auxiliary Competencies
    - To assess ways and consequences of interventions carried out by humanitarian agencies
    - To develop an attitude of self-reliance and self-reflexivity
  • Teaching and learning methodology

    Lecture, group work, exercise, discussion, field trip, student conference
  • Assessment methods and criteria

    Input presentation (Unit 1 Displacement): Pass/fail
    Poster presentation (Unit 2 Transitional Justice): Pass/fail
    Final discussion (Unit 3 Protection of Vulnerable Groups): Pass/fail
    Written assignment: 50% (of final grade for module)
    Presentation at student conference: 50% (of final grade for module)
  • Required reading

    Web page UNHCR: (general) (current situation) (handbook)
    EU: (Europe’s boat people)
    Protecting refugees Information Pack, CoE and UNHCR:
    Web page UN: (Art. 40) (Art. 27)
    Web page OSCE: (general) (Lund Recommendations)
    Web page CoE:
    Commentary to the Convention by Marc Weller (ed.): in the library
    Web page ICTY:
    Web page STL:
    Web page ICC:

    Web page ADC-ICTY

Last updated: 22 November 2016