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17.12.2019 at 12:00 - 12.1.2020 at 23:59


Here is the course’s teaching schedule. Check the description for possible other schedules.

Tue 14.1.2020
18:15 - 19:45
Thu 16.1.2020
14:15 - 15:45
Tue 21.1.2020
18:15 - 19:45
Thu 23.1.2020
14:15 - 15:45
Tue 28.1.2020
18:15 - 19:45
Thu 30.1.2020
14:15 - 15:45
Tue 4.2.2020
18:15 - 19:45
Thu 6.2.2020
14:15 - 15:45
Thu 13.2.2020
14:00 - 16:00
Thu 27.2.2020
14:00 - 16:00


This course is included in the optional studies of the Bachelor of Laws degree and the Master of Laws degree.

Registration onto this course is open to all students from the Bachelor of Laws programme and the Finnish Master of Laws programme, all students pursuing doctoral studies and those on the MICL or IBL programme, as well as to exchange students, and to students with the right to complete minor sub­ject stud­ies or the right to complete non-degree studies at the Faculty of Law.

Apply for a right to complete minor sub­ject stud­ies or for the right to complete non-degree studies at the Faculty of Law here: https://guide.student.helsinki.fi/en/article/optional-studies-law and https://www.helsinki.fi/en/faculty-of-law/admissions/apply-to-the-faculty-of-law.

Students are expected to have completed an introductory course in public international law.

This course aims at providing the students with basic knowledge of the law regulating armed conflicts, its key topics and relevant sources: treaties and customary law. The students learn to understand the concepts of international humanitarian law and to see the role of international humanitarian law in the broader context of public international law. At the end of the course the students understand the system of international humanitarian law, are ready to discuss of different IHL topics and are able to consider them critically.

Exam on Thu 13th of February

Re-sit exam on Thu 27th of February

This course discusses the basic content and development of international humanitarian law. The topics discussed in the course include history and legal basis of IHL, how armed conflicts are classified in the IHL context, the protection of persons and the participation in hostilities, the conduct of hostilities, and the relationship of IHL with human rights law and international criminal law.

TBA. Articles, book chapters and cases will be provided in electronic format. Each session has designated reading, which the students are expected to complete before the session. Reading materials will be announced on the Moodle page of the course.

A written exam 100 %. The course work will be assessed on the general scale in accordance with the Faculty’s guidelines.

A maximum of 60 students will be accepted onto the course based on the order of registration.

The course consists of eight lectures and of a written exam. To complete the course the students are expected to actively participate in the course, to prepare for the sessions accordingly and to participate in the discussions.