The Master's programme in Law and Politics of International Security offers a curriculum that focuses on international security from the perspectives of international law and international relations. Moreover, it provides insight into the common foundations of the two disciplines, the different methods and theories as well as the interplay between the two in the area of international security.
Below you will find a couple of examples of topics that are covered in the programme.
Civil wars and terrorism:
The laws of armed conflict have been made by nations for nations. However, most armed conflicts these days are no longer inter-state wars but civil wars or armed repression of international terrorism. How can the laws of armed conflict be applied to these struggles?
The United Nations and humanitarian interventions:
To what extent is the collective security system established under the UN Charter effective? Should the rules and principles governing the conduct of war be reconsidered in the light of new types of conflicts as they are taking place today? How should the international community deal with genocide or gross human rights violations?
- Historical doctrines and theories of war
- UN system of collective security
- Role and powers of the Security Council
- The changing nature of war
- Legal constraints on warfare
- Principles and limits of humanitarian law
- International terrorism
- Counter-terrorism, human rights and humanitarian law
- Security dilemma
- Arms control and disarmament
- Building of security communities
- Democratic politics and war
- Democratization processes and conflict
- Human security