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About the Course

-- About the Course -- From the Nuremberg trial to the case against Saddam Hussein, from the prosecution of Al-Qaeda terrorists to the trial of Somali pirates – no area of law is as important to world peace and security as international criminal law. Taught by one of the world’s leading experts in the field, this course will educate students about the fundamentals of international criminal law and policy. We will explore the contours of international crimes such as genocide, war crimes, terrorism, and piracy. We will examine unique modes of international criminal liability and specialized defenses. And we will delve into the challenges of obtaining custody of the accused and maintaining control of the courtroom. -- Course Syllabus -- This course comprises eight units (or "modules"). Each will include an assigned reading, typically an article or book chapter, as well as a simulation designed to bring the readings to life. I will also offer video lectures on each of the topics, accompanied by slides. In addition, there will be online role-play exercises and debates, enabling the students to share their own insights. The order of class sessions will be: (1) History: From Nuremberg to The Hague (2) International Crimes Part 1: War Crimes, Genocide, Crimes against Humanity, and Torture (3) International Crimes Part 2: Terrorism and Piracy (4) Special modes of liability: command responsibility, co-perpetration, and incitement (5) Special defenses: insanity, obedience to orders, duress, and head of state immunity (6) Gaining custody of the accused: extradition, luring, abduction, and targeted killing (7) Pre-Trial Issues: plea bargaining, self-representation, and exclusion of torture evidence (8) Maintaining control of the courtroom -- Recommended Background -- You don’t have to be a lawyer and there are no prerequisites for this course. However, the course will be conducted at the level expected of advanced undergraduate students. Therefore, for all participants, reading and writing comfortably in English at the undergraduate college level is desirable. -- Suggested Readings -- Students should read the assigned online materials for each unit in advance of the class session. In addition, students are invited to subscribe to “War Crimes Prosecution Watch,” a free bi-weekly e-newsletter that summarizes the latest developments in the field of international criminal law. -- Course Format -- This course is made up of eight content units. Each unit is based on an online reading assignment, a video lecture of about one hour in length, and one or more role play exercises to stimulate on-line discussion. The course also offers in-video enrichment quizzes (ungraded) for each unit, a ten question multiple choice midterm diagnostics exam (ungraded), and a ten question True/False Final Exam. -- FAQ-- How will this course be graded? This course is graded on completion. In order to complete the course each student must: (1) finish each module (or “lesson”); (2) write at least one essay response of 200 words or more for at least one simulation throughout the course; and (3) get a score of 6 out of 10 or better on the Final Exam. What resources will I need for this course? For this course, all you need is an Internet connection, and the time to read and discuss the exciting materials available online. What is the coolest thing about this course? The topics we will be discussing are ripped from the headlines. The topics are often controversial and thought-provoking, and always exciting....

Top reviews

Sep 21, 2020

learned so much from this course, absolutely loved it, and the way the professor taught the lessons showed his experience and his knowledge even for fist timers it would be a great course to opt for.

Oct 24, 2020

Extremely well-organized. Really glad to see how all previous examples and history records were referenced to every topic. Neatly explained topics. Every aspect was discussed and explained in detail.

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By Kwasi D

Nov 4, 2015

Enjoyed the course. Very interesting and insightful.

By Boruleva E D

Jun 13, 2020

Очень интересный курс! всё разобрано по полочкам!!!


May 26, 2020

Am most delighted to complete this course of study.

By Jacinthe N

Jun 17, 2018

Great, interesting, engaging and fascinating course

By Maverick A A

Sep 9, 2015

Best Course and very important to every law student

By Samantha S

Sep 5, 2015

I like the dynamic teaching style of the professor.

By Yajur S

Sep 18, 2021

a good course on the criminal law on world aspect.

By Nathan S

Sep 24, 2020

It was a very educational and constructive lesson.

By Anjali P

Aug 31, 2020

I learned a lot from this course. Really grateful.

By Ashwin R M

Jul 23, 2020

very informative course by Case Western University

By Saidou K D

Apr 8, 2021

Execellent course with clear explanations, thanks

By Sankasani V

Aug 4, 2020

It was very useful.I learned a lot of new things.

By Железцов М Л

May 23, 2020

Persistent and patient as my moto for life now ;)

By Kadircan K

Oct 9, 2020

it is very good lessons for middle-east and ww2.

By Patricio A

Oct 6, 2020

excellent, complete, didactict and very exciting

By Donlapat C

Mar 13, 2021

The best International Criminal Law course ever

By Orudzhova D K

Jan 9, 2021

Great course! Thaanks a lot for such knowledge!

By Mustafa S G

Jun 8, 2020

Incredible course, thanks to Proffessor Scharf.

By Syed S A

May 21, 2020

OMG! Thats Amazing eer .Just Loved Coursera ..!

By Cleiton P

Sep 21, 2015

Thanks for sharing this amazing course with us.

By Maria M

Jun 14, 2020

Thank you Prof. Scharf for a wonderful course!

By Bolaji S A O

Nov 1, 2017

Fantastic intro to a fascinating field of law.

By Joko S

Apr 3, 2020

Please send me certified from Course learning

By Jairo G P

May 13, 2019

It's very good and the professor is excelent!

By Edgardo G A

Nov 18, 2016

Excellet course, thanks for offering for free