Current Challenges in the Law of Armed Conflict

The details
Essex Law School
Colchester Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Monday 15 January 2024
Friday 22 March 2024
19 October 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

LLM M20012 International Humanitarian Law

Module description

This module is based around in-depth analysis of key contemporary issues associated with armed conflict. Each issue is addressed in its context. Accordingly, although the law of armed conflict is necessarily of primary concern, discussion will also address relevant rules of international law, such as international human rights law or the law on the resort to force.

Module aims

The objective is to ensure that students have a full understanding of both the law of armed conflict and issues surrounding its application in practice.

Module learning outcomes

This module will provide the students with the skills and knowledge necessary to analyse current challenges in the practical application of the law of armed conflict across a wide range of complex and diverse areas.

Module information

The final list of topics to be covered can include subjects such as:

1. Armed conflicts and the 'war on terror';
2. The use of drones and advanced technologies, such as robots and autonomous weapons systems;
3. Cyber-operations;
4. The role of legal advisors to the armed forces;
5. The protection of particular groups during conflicts;
6. A case study of a specific current conflict

Learning and teaching methods

This module will be taught via weekly 2-hour seminars. The module teaching team will upload all relevant teaching materials on Moodle. You will find reading lists, the textbook, weekly handouts or PPS notes on Moodle. The materials in question are designed both to help you navigate the material to be covered in the seminars and to equip you to analyse the required readings. You will be expected to have completed the required readings in advance of your seminars.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Research Essay (LW804 Challenges in Law of Armed Conflict)    100% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Prof Noam Lubell, email: nlubell@essex.ac.uk.
Law Education Office, pgtlawqueries@essex.ac.uk



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
Of 18 hours, 6 (33.3%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
12 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


Further information
Essex Law School

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