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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....

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Apr 11, 2020

The course is very informative and concise, yet it does not leave details that is necessary for nouvelle learners like me, who are interested to delve into understanding International Criminal Law.


Jun 05, 2020

Being a law student one should always expand and widen the knowledge of globally affected issues and international criminal court. this course helps me expand my horizons in international laws.

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By Elena P

Sep 10, 2015

Difficult at times to wrap your head around it, but really interesting

By Harkiranpal S K S

May 16, 2020

Excellent course. Very interesting. Really enjoyed every moment of it

By Jessica S

May 15, 2020

One of the most interesting online courses I have ever taken part in!

By Usman F

Aug 19, 2020

This course is very helpful for understanding the international laws

By Tamara V A

May 17, 2020

Gracias me fue de mucha ayuda el curso , super practico he accsebile

By Zaidé A L C

Jul 13, 2020

Fue una gran aportunidad realizar este curso , execelente dinámica.

By Liaquat A

Aug 06, 2017

This was an excellent course and I learned a lot of things from it.

By Nelson O A

Mar 05, 2016

It was a very interesting course full of new experiences. I love it

By Marlon H C Á

Oct 18, 2018

Simplemente un magnífico curso. Muy agradecido por la oportunidad.

By Ashley B

Oct 07, 2017

Great teacher, excellent explanations, I really loved this course.

By Rohan J K

Sep 18, 2020

Very eleborative and interesting subject as a law student pursued

By Mirna A N

Aug 08, 2020

Such an amazing course! Great instructor as well! Learned a lot!!

By Joao A C

Jul 07, 2016

A very comprehensible course . Reding material was very thorough

By Consuelo M A S

Sep 15, 2020

El profesor Scharf es un excelente docente! muy buenos temas :)

By Carol S A

May 16, 2020

I didn't received my certificate after completing the course 😥

By Aurora A G G

Oct 29, 2016

Excellent explanations and examples. It was worth every minute.

By Jose M L C

Aug 16, 2020

excellent course about to criminal law and the best professor.


Mar 16, 2018

Un magnifico curso, aprendí muchísimo en él! Gracias por todo!

By Pershad V S

Sep 13, 2020

My name is Vincent Stanley Pershad, born into the Netherlands

By Camila C

Aug 17, 2020

Excelente curso, actualizado a pesar sus años y muy completo.

By Shreya S

Aug 05, 2019

highly recommended for people who want to learn criminal law

By Sílvio L J

Sep 01, 2020

O Curso é incrível, todo internacionalista deveria fazê-lo.

By Rosa V Y R

Oct 08, 2019

I liked it a lot is very interesting and you learn too much

By Nilukshi R M

Aug 23, 2020

Very impressed by the content and delivery of the program.

By Malik A Y K

Sep 16, 2020

Excellent course for learning International Criminal Law.