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War, Law and Emerging Technology

Cyber warfare, autonomous weapons systems and military use of outer space. Emerging, advanced technologies have made their way into crises and armed conflicts. But what are the legal issues surrounding these advances? You’ll learn more about that in this course.

What does the course lead to?

Upon completing the course, you will:

  • possess a basic understanding of the functions and operation of the studied technology
  • be able to analyse the impact of the studied technology on the application of the law
  • be able to identify and critically assess the main areas of the debate regarding the legal issues surrounding the studied technology
  • be able to differentiate between ethical and legal arguments and apply and analyse the legal arguments in relation to the use of technology in peacetime and conflicts

Course structure

The course begins with an introduction to the complex relationship that has developed between war, law and technology. Each week is devoted to a certain technological development and an assessment of the legal consequences of the use of technology in crises and wars.

The technology being evaluated includes:

  • cyber warfare;
  • unmanned and autonomous weapons systems;
  • human enhancement technology;
  • military use of outer space;
  • large quantities of data, surveillance and algorithmic warfare

The course is conducted in English and primarily comprises independent literature study, supported by lectures and seminars.

Level

Advanced level

Credits

7,5

Starts

Spring-21

Start week

Week 19

End week

Week 23

Requirements

Bachelor's degree of 180 credits, of which at least 60 credits in political science, law, or other related field which the University considers to be relevant. Practical experience from a relevant field may be considered in lieu of the required level of University studies.

Form of teaching

Normal

Location

Stockholm

Language

English

Study pace

100%

Selection

Academic credits 100%

Department

Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership

Type

Stand alone

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Published 2020-10-01 Updated 2021-02-24