Uusi opinto-opas (sisältäen myös opetusohjelmat) lukuvuodelle 2018-2019 sijaitsee osoitteessa https://opas.peppi.utu.fi . Tältä sivustolta löytyvät enää vanhat opinto-oppaat ja opetusohjelmat.

The new study guide (incl. teaching schedules) for academic year 2018-2019 can be found at https://studyguide.utu.fi. This site contains only previous years' guides.

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TLS_0073 Decoding Modern Warfare 12 ECTS
Organised by
Turku Law School
Person in charge
Postdoctoral Researcher Johanna Friman
Minimum preceding studies
85 ECTS.
Preceding studies
Basic knowledge of international law is an advantage.

General description

The aim of this course is to develop a deeper understanding of the conceptual and contextual frameworks governing modern warfare, viewed and discussed from different perspectives and in different constellations.

Learning outcomes

After the course, the student should:
- Conceptually understand the rules and principles governing modern warfare.
- Be aware of the different contextual constellations of modern warfare.
- Be able to critically analyse whether or not the existing international legal regulation serves to effectively govern modern wars and armed conflicts.
- Have developed academic reasoning skills, academic reading skills, as well as academic writing skills.
- Have developed methods and skills for independent and reflective work.


Jus ad bellum
Jus in bello
Jus post bellum
Emerging types and media of warfare
Emerging means and methods of warfare

Further information on prerequisites and recommendations

ON/OTM students must have studied at least 85 credits consisting of the basic studies and foundations of laws courses.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Lectures 20 h 0 h
Independent work
Seminar 20 h 0 h

The course consists of lectures (including three workshops) and a written exam that lead to a set of research seminars (1 h/student) based on essays (15-20 pages).

Teaching language


Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
  • In English
Written exam
  • In English
  • In English
  • In English
Participation in classroom work
  • In English

The course is based on interactive participation throughout the course. There will be exercises during and/or between lectures, including three voluntary written reading reports that will reflect on the grade. Active participation in the lectures, workshops and seminars is required in order to pass the course. The essay may be written in English, Finnish or Swedish.

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Numeric 0-5.
Essay 50%, Written exam 50%, Reading Reports (+/-1) A passing grade is required for both the written exam and the essay in order to pass the course.

Study materials

Weller, Marc (ed): The Oxford Handbook of the Use of Force in International Law (Oxford University Press 2015)

Clapham, Andrew & Gaeta, Paola (eds): The Oxford Handbook of International Law in Armed Conflict (Oxford University Press 2014

Lectures and materials presented on Moodle

Further information

Time: III/IV Period

Restricted entry, limited to 20 students.

The students will, if necessary, be divided into two groups for the seminars. A law student of the Faculty of Law may continue to work with his or her essay and expand it into a bachelor's thesis (ON-seminaarityö).

Application period 8 December at 9.00 until 12 December 12.00. Instructions and application form for the degree students in Finnish language programmes:https://intranet.utu.fi/fi/yksikot/law/studying/perustutkinto-opiskelu/erikoistumisjaksot/Sivut/Ilmoittautuminen-ja-valinta-erikoistumisjaksoille.aspx .

Completion of the optional course in precludes participation in the specialization course.
Available for: Degree Programme Students & Exchange Students

Belongs to following study modules

Faculty of Law
Faculty of Law
Faculty of Law
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Implementation details are unavailable.
Faculty of Law
Bachelor of Laws
Master of Laws DP
MDP in Law and Information Society
Doctor of Laws
Turku Law School