Thursday, February 4, 2010

Work On! Teaching International Humanitarian Law West

We've blogged before on workshops offered by the International Committee of the Red Cross to professors (of law and otherwise) interested in integrating international humanitarian law into their curricula. This April 9-10, Berkeley under the leadership of Professor Kate Jastram (below left) will host another such workshop. Here are the details:

On April 9-10, 2010 the University of California, Berkeley Law School and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) will convene the first West Coast Teaching International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Workshop at the University of California, Berkeley. The Workshop is targeted at law professors interested in teaching an IHL course for the first time, integrating IHL modules into their current courses and/or rethinking their current teaching of this important subject.

Topics covered will include:
  • Defining the scope and content of an IHL class;
  • Exploring the intersection between international human rights law, international humanitarian law, international criminal law, and public international law (and the jus ad bellum);
  • Incorporating IHL modules into the teaching of classes such as public international law, national security law, immigration law; constitutional law; administrative law and more;
  • dentifying strategies for developing curricula, responding to current events, and gaining support from school administrations for the teaching of IHL.

The Berkeley Law Teaching IHL Workshop is an outcome of the 2007 ICRC/American University Washington College of law study, Teaching International Humanitarian Law in US Law Schools, which concluded that student demand for IHL courses is high but faculty needs better resources, materials and support to expand the teaching of IHL in law schools in the US. This Workshop is an attempt to address those needs.

Confirmed participants and topics include:

Larry Johnson & Gabor Rona (Columbia) (right and below right) on Intersections with Human Rights and International Criminal Law.

IntLawGrrl Beth Van Schaack (Santa Clara) (left) and Trevor Rush (U.S. Army JAG Legal Center and School) (Jus in Bello and Jus ad Bellum)

Geoff Corn (South Texas College of Law) (left) and Eric Jensen (Fordham) (Integration of IHL into Different Subject Areas)

Gary Solis (Georgetown) on Hot Topics in IHL.

To register or for more information on the Teaching IHL Workshop, please visit here or contact

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