International humanitarian law


The goals of this class are: to develop students’ knowledge of the fundamental rules and principles of the Law of Armed Conflict: objectives, sources, fields of application, implementation mechanisms and repression of violations; to analyze and discuss the limitations and major challenges associated with the contemporary implementation of the Law of Armed Conflict; Based on this knowledge, to legally define a concrete situation.


  • Bettati M., Le droit de la guerre, Odile Jacob, 439 p., novembre 2016. 
  • Bouchet-Saulnier F., Dictionnaire pratique du droit humanitaire, La découverte, 862 p., 2013.
  • Chetail V. (dir.), Permanence et mutation du droit des conflits armés, Bruylant, 683 p., 2013.
  • Études et essais sur le droit international humanitaire et sur les principes de la Croix-Rouge : en l’honneur de Jean Pictet, CICR, 1074 p., 1984.
  • Cumin D., Manuel de droit de la guerre, Larcier, 534 p., 2014.

Educational formula

Students work in pairs to prepare presentations on the main contemporary issues associated with the implementation of International Humanitarian Law. These presentations are followed by collective discussions and debates. In addition, each student will study in more depth a topic of his/her choice (concepts or cases of implementation of IHL based on current events), will perform an oral presentation, and write a summary analysis on the topic.

Additional information

Class delivered by Marion Tissier.

In brief

Year Fifth year

Teaching languageFrench

Teaching term Six-monthly

ECTS credits 4.0

Number of hours 18.0

Teaching activitySeminar

ValidationContinuous assessment

Mandatory teaching