Bachelor TR-NQF-HE: Level 6 QF-EHEA: First Cycle EQF-LLL: Level 6

General Information about the Course

Course Code: IKU-H-312
Course Title: International Humanitarian Law
Course Semester: 4. Semester / Spring
Course Credits:
Theoretical Practical Credit ECTS
2 0 2 3
Language of instruction: TR
Prerequisite of the course: No
Type of course: Non-Departmental Elective
Level of course:
Bachelor TR-NQF-HE:6. Master`s Degree QF-EHEA:First Cycle EQF-LLL:6. Master`s Degree
Course Lecturer(s): Şener Çelik

Purpose and content of the course

Course Objectives: In this course, the scope of international humanitarian law (law of armed conflict), which is one of the most technical areas of international law, its historical development, the rights it guarantees, the responsibilities it imposes on the parties, its written sources, practices and basic principles will be taught. It will be examined how these concepts and basic legal principles are codified, especially in the Geneva Conventions, which are the main regulatory agreement of international humanitarian law, how they are applied in international armed conflicts and non-international armed conflicts, which articles provide to whom and what kind of rights and responsibilities will be determined. As a result, it is aimed that the students understand these principles and norms by evaluating them according to the articles within the scope of the contract.
Course Objective: The aim of the course is to help students acquire the ability to understand the purpose of international humanitarian law, the safeguards it provides, and the main sources; to gain the ability to explain the principles and norms in this field using legal concepts.
Mode of Delivery: E-Learning

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge (Described as Theoritical and/or Factual Knowledge.)
  1) At the end of this course, students will be able to define international humanitarian law correctly.
  2) They can interpret the main sources according to the cases they have studied.
  3) Using this basic knowledge they learned, they can analyze international and non-international armed conflicts.
  4) They can evaluate which principles, norms, contractual articles and practices are violated in armed conflicts by discussing with legal arguments.
Skills (Describe as Cognitive and/or Practical Skills.)
Competences (Described as "Ability of the learner to apply knowledge and skills autonomously with responsibility", "Learning to learn"," Communication and social" and "Field specific" competences.)

Course Topics

Week Subject
Related Preparation Pekiştirme
1) Introduction to International Humanitarian Law. Definition of International Humanitarian Law. Historical Development of International Humanitarian Law.
2) Just War and the Law of War. The legitimacy of war. Justifications. Fundamental principles of international and non-international armed conflicts.
3) Basic Principles of Humanitarian Law. Distinction. Military Necessity. Proportionality.
4) Principle of Humane Treatment. Right to a Fair Trial. International Criminal Law Regulation. Important Cases.
5) Protection of Cultural Heritage. Definition of cultural property. Tangible and intangible cultural assets. Basic regulations. Violations.
6) Legal Status Issue in Civil Wars. Legal Status in International Conflicts. Legal Status in Non-International Conflicts. Direct Participation in Hostilities.
7) War Crimes and International Criminal Law. Criminal Law Concept. What It Has in Common with Humanitarian Law. Sources of International Criminal Law. International Criminal Courts.
8) Mid-term exam
9) Postmodern Warfare, Technology, and Targeted-Killing. The new meaning of war in the 21st century. New war and defense technologies. Targeted-killing within the context of law and military ops.
10) Cyber Attacks and Self Defence. Act of cyber attack as a crime of aggression. Legal consequences.
11) Artificial Intelligence and Responsibility in International Law. Use of autonomous weapon systems. Analysis within the scope of crime of aggression. Evaluation within the scope of responsibility principle.
12) Case Study: Syria
13) Case Study: Afghanistan
14) Case Study: Ukraine
15) Overall Assessment
16) Final exam
References: Solis, Gary D. (2010). The law of armed conflict, International humanitarian law in war. New York: Cambridge University Press.
Solis, Gary D., Fred L. Borch, (2010). Geneva conventions. New York: Kaplan.
Kocatepe, Atalay (2020). Soru ve cevaplarla harp hukuku el kitabı, Cilt I-II. İstanbul: Milli Savunma Üniversitesi.
Taşdemir, Fatma, Gökhan Albayrak (2018). Uluslararası insancıl hukuk, Kavramlar, ilkeler ve yeni gelişmeler. Ankara: Adalet.
Sav, Özden (2015). Uluslararası insancıl hukuk açısından savaş ve barış hukuku, Ankara: Türkiye Barolar Birliği Yayınları
Çelik, Şener (2021). ABD'nin Afganistan dosyası, Uluslararası hukukun sonu, İstanbul: Doğu Kitabevi.

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Course Teaching, Learning Methods

Q & A
Case Problem Solving/ Drama- Role/ Case Management
Quantitative Problem Solving
Group Study / Assignment
Individual Assignment
WEB-based Learning
Practice in Field
Project Preparation
Report Writing
Social Activity
Occupational Activity
Occupational Trip
Application (Modelling, Design, Model, Simulation, Experiment et.)
Thesis Preparation
Field Study
Student Club and Council Activities
Interview and Oral Conversation
Watching a movie
Bibliography preparation
Oral, inscribed and visual knowledge production
Taking photographs
Mapping and marking
Reading maps
Copying textures
Creating a library of materials

Evaluation System

Semester Requirements Number of Activities Level of Contribution
Attendance % 0
Laboratory % 0
Application % 0
Practice Exam % 0
Quizzes % 0
Homework Assignments % 0
Presentation % 0
Project % 0
Special Course Internship (Work Placement) % 0
Field Study % 0
Article Critical % 0
Article Writing % 0
Module Group Study % 0
Brainstorming % 0
Role Playing + Dramatizing % 0
Out of Class Study % 0
Preliminary Work, Reinforcement % 0
Application Repetition etc. % 0
Homework (reading, writing, watching movies, etc.) % 0
Project Preparation + Presentation % 0
Report Preparation + Presentation % 0
Presentation / Seminar Preparation + Presenting % 0
Oral examination % 0
Midterms 1 % 40
Final 1 % 60
Report Submission % 0
Bütünleme % 0
Kanaat Notu % 0
Committee % 0
Yazma Ödev Dosyası % 0
Portfolio % 0
Take-Home Exam % 0
Logbook % 0
Discussion % 0
Participation % 0
total % 100
total % 100

Calculation of Workload and ECTS Credits

Activities Number of Activities Workload
Course Hours 16 32
Practice Exam
Special Course Internship (Work Placement)
Field Work
Study Hours Out of Class
Article Critical
Article Writing
Module Group Study
Role Playing + Dramatizing
Out-of-Class Study (Pre-study, Reinforcement, Practice Review, etc.)
Homework (reading, writing, watching movies, etc.)
Project Preparation + Presentation
Report Preparation + Presentation
Presentation / Seminar Preparation + Presenting
Oral examination
Preparing for Midterm Exams
Preparing for the General Exam
GENERAL EXAM (Final) 1 2
Take-Home Exam
Total Workload 36
ECTS (30 saat = 1 AKTS ) 1