Numero di crediti :6
Settore scientifico disciplinare : IUS 13
Numero di crediti :6
Data inizio corso: Monday, 19 February, 2018Semestre : 2° semestre
The Course is aimed at providing students with the basic elements of the international humanitarian action, mainly from a legal perspective, but also from an institutional point of view. The programme will cover the historical evolution of the humanitarian endeavor as well as the current International Humanitarian Law (IHL) system.
The course is structured in 2 modules:
1 - The first module will deal with the historical evolution of the humanitarian action, from the classic age to its contemporary structure and functioning. Particular attention will be devoted to the United Nations institutional context, with a focus on its policies, its programs and on the activities of the organs that operate in this specific cross-sectoral domain (i.e. the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs – OCHA).
2 - The second module will provide an in-depth overview of the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) domain, also known as the law of armed conflicts. First, it will give a general knowledge of its main branches, its basic principles and on the applicability criterias of the related legal instruments. Thus, it will focus on the applicative dynamics in the contemporary armed conflict and on the role of the International Committee of the Red Cross. The concrete impact of the most important legal issues will be stressed by the references to case studies and real case scenarios.
The objective is also to provide the students the methodology necessary to allow them to pursue specialized studies in the field of international law, humanitarian cooperation and emergency response.
A basic knowledge of International Law will be ad advantage, even though it is not necessary.
Attender students will have the access to a previous written exam (multiple choices) that will exonerate them from part of the programme for the oral exam.
Students interested in having a general knowledge of the history, evolution and functioning of the international humanitarian system, with a specific focus on the legal issues concerning roles and activities of the main humanitarian actors.
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Frontal lectures, partly integrated by audiovisual materials. Case studies and workshops will enrich the didactic approach.
Signatures will be taken at the end of each lecture. The attendance to the 80% of the lectures (max. 5 absences) is necessary to be considered as attender student and to have access to the multiple choices written exam.
Programme for non-attenders
- Davey E et al., A history of the humanitarian system, Humanitarian Policy Group (HPG) - Overseas Development Institute (ODI), 2013, available here.
- Melzer N., International Humanitarian Law: A Comprehensive Introduction, ICRC, 2016, available here
Programme for attenders
Module 1: Didactic materials provided in class
Module 2: Melzer N., International Humanitarian Law: A Comprehensive Introduction, ICRC, 2016, available here (covered chapters) and materials sent by email
- ALNAP, The State of the Humanitarian System, 2015, here
- OCHA (UN), Oxford Guidance on the Law Relating to Humanitarian Relief Operations in Situations of Armed Conflict, Oxford, 2016, here
Suggested readings and materials for in-depth researches
- Cubie D., The International Legal Protection of Persons in Humanitarian Crises, Exploring the Acquis Humanitaire, Hart, 2017, link
- Barnett M., Empire of Humanity. A History of Humanitarianism, Cornell University Press, 2011, link
- Michael Barnett, Thomas G. Weiss (eds.), Humanitarianism in Question. Politics, Power, Ethics, 2008, link
- Pat Gibbons, Hans-Joachim Heintze (Ed.), The Humanitarian Challenge 20 Years European Network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA), 2015, link