Online, United Kingdom

Modern Conflict & Human Rights: War, Peace and Atrocity Prevention in the 21st Century

online course
when 10 June 2022 - 2 July 2022
language English
duration 4 weeks
fee EUR 100

War, conflict, and the mechanisms we use to address them have changed dramatically in the 21st century. In the wake of world wars and decolonization processes, we have been attempting to move towards a system of world governance that abides by human rights principles. Yet violence – from genocide to intra-state conflict or even human trafficking – remains unresolved. This course is intended for those interested in both theoretical and practical approaches to questions of war, peace, and addressing violence through human rights frameworks. With insight into regimes of international human rights law and gender in conflict, this track will utilize a case-study method to prepare you to analyze and propose measures and policy responses to the great conflicts of our time.

Course leader

Dr Michele Groppi is a Lecturer in Challenges to the International Order in the Defence Studies Department (DSD), King's College London. He obtained his BA from Stanford University (Honors) in International Relations.

Target group

Students and young professionals

Course aim

Through dynamic lectures and seminars, this course foregrounds intersectional views of modern conflict and human rights as analytic lenses to highlight and question the interrelations between violence in the 21st century. In order to do so, it will utilize extensive case studies and explore a variety of the world's most pressing types of conflicts and threats to human rights. Students will be exposed to the specific problematics, histories, and contexts of these cases, but will also be encouraged to think critically and question the underlying narratives of each topic. With this aim, seminars will be a nexus between theory and practice, where students are encouraged to apply the ideas to actual cases, past and present.

Credits info

- Inclusive, top-notch accessible education delivered by world-leading experts
- Flexible and remote learning
- Access to recordings of our frontal lectures, interactive seminars, and discussions.
- Access to ITSS Verona global network
- Membership for the year 2022/2023 granting automatic access to every ITSS Verona event, including webinars and conferences
- Certificate of completion
- Possibility to publish a piece in the second issue of the ITSS Verona International Security Magazine

Fee info

EUR 100: With the goal of being accessible to students of all socioeconomic backgrounds, we provide a highly reduced fee. Admissions are rolling. We encourage students to apply soon, as there are limited spaces.


for those participating in the summer school that chose to submit articles to the ITSS Verona International Security Magazine, if pieces are accepted for publication in the second issue, all paid fees for the school will be reimbursed.