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Master 2021/2022

Humanitarian Actions

Type: Elective course (Population and Development)
Area of studies: Public Administration
When: 2 year, 1, 2 module
Mode of studies: distance learning
Open to: students of one campus
Instructors: Georgy Tyulyaev
Master’s programme: Population and Development
Language: English
ECTS credits: 5

Course Syllabus

Abstract

The course runs through existing legal and political modes of humanitarian actions and humanitarian assistance. Course content is divided into two sections, which are International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and development of disaster relief. The modes of armed conflicts are investigated from the perspective of liaison between IHL and Human Rights Law. Applicability of the Geneva Conventions 1949 to different types of armed conflicts is discussed. The course introduces methodology applied for legal analysis of humanitarian aid and responsibility to protect. A wider perspective on the international law basis for humanitarian assistance is given through the lens of UN humanitarian activities and objectives, humanitarian actions of International Committee of the Red Cross and non-governmental organizations. Finally, introduction to IHL and disaster relief education is highlighted.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • To equip students with the general knowledge of theoretical concepts and applicability of international law to humanitarian crises focusing on International Humanitarian Law, Human Rights and legal framework for humanitarian actions
  • To provide deeper insights into international procedure: International Criminal Court and the Rome Statute, International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and its impact on International Humanitarian Law
  • To give a global outlook on humanitarian aid: water, sanitation and food security on the international and national levels
  • To evaluate further development of International Relief Law and educational perspectives in the domains of IHL and disaster relief
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • To have the substantial knowledge of International Humanitarian Law, International Relief Law and Regulations and Refugee Laws analytical tools for applying international norms and rules of international procedure
  • To obtain theoretical framework for analysis of humanitarian actions undertaken by international, non-governmental and intergovernmental organizations
  • To be aware of the court practice relating to the key concepts of the International Humanitarian Law and customary law governing the rules of warfare in accordance with categorization of the armed conflicts
  • To analyze and explain actions undertaken in framework of humanitarian aid and assistance
  • To get deeper insights into the UN system of humanitarian assistance and its role on the global socio-political map
  • To align with the up-to-date opportunities of IHL and disaster relief education
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Humanitarian Principles, Values and Practice
  • Human Rights laws, Humanitarian Laws and the Refugee law-The conventions and treaties for the Humanitarian actions
  • Humanitarian Actors and Coordination –Preventive measures
  • Contemporary principles and practices in Humanitarian Actions, Disaster management and humanitarian responses
  • Water & Sanitation- Livelihoods and Food Security in Humanitarian Crises
  • Emerging Risks, Challenges, and Opportunities for Future Humanitarian Emergencies
  • Management of Diseases and Health Care in Humanitarian Crises
  • Migration Aspects. Protection of Displaced Populations
  • Humanitarian response in urban areas
  • Conflicts and new Humanitarianism
  • Violence Against Women, Child Protection in Emergencies
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Active participation
  • non-blocking Moot court
  • non-blocking Group presentation
  • non-blocking Final paper
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    0.1 * Active participation + 0.4 * Final paper + 0.2 * Group presentation + 0.3 * Moot court
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Brysk, A. (2009). Global Good Samaritans : Human Rights As Foreign Policy. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=267526
  • Cook, M. L. (2011). “Humanitarian Aid Is Never a Crime”: Humanitarianism and Illegality in Migrant Advocacy. Law & Society Review, 45(3), 561–591. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1540-5893.2011.00444.x
  • Human Rights, & Bronwyn Leebaw. (2007). Journal: Perspectives on Politics This journal is published by the American Political Science. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.69ADF98
  • Humanitarian intervention : ethical, legal, and political dilemmas / ed. by J. L. Holzgrefe . (2003). Cambridge [u.a.]: Cambridge Univ. Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.107689367

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Cantor, D., & Durieux, J.-F. (2014). Refuge From Inhumanity? War Refugees and International Humanitarian Law. Leiden: Brill | Nijhoff. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=815492
  • Kennedy, D. (DE-588)132222574, (DE-576)299014517. (2004). The dark sides of virtue : reassessing international humanitarianism / David Kennedy. Princeton, N.J. [u.a.]: Princeton University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.110249046