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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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Oct 25, 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.


Sep 22, 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.

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By paula j t m

Jun 22, 2016

it was really good, because its really clear and esay to understand by the videos, talks an maybe the readings are a little bit hard but its good

By Shawn V G N

Jul 13, 2020

I loved this course. It was dragging at the start, but it eventually drew my attention with so many modern and recent examples used.


Jun 17, 2020


By Budulla T F M

Jan 25, 2017

Gives a very good introduction to International Criminal law, easy to understand and is a great source for research work. Thumps up.

By Rutvik K

Sep 07, 2020

This is a very helpful course and it will be a great course to start with if interested in learning about international laws .

By Marco R

Jul 05, 2020

I really enjoyed the contents of this class, it was interesting although i am not a law student. Thank you so much Professor!

By Hannah M V

Jan 10, 2017

A very Explanatory and detailed course which would benefit you immensely if you have the time to spend for it.


Jun 14, 2020

This course provide us basic information about Law, Criminal Law and International Criminal Law.

By Shahjahan B

Oct 09, 2015

A great initiative to promote international criminal law in the world. I am really enjoying it.

By Atiqullah S

Aug 05, 2020

Wonderful course to attend. It gave me a very good insight as to how the trials are done.

By Ohad K

Feb 07, 2016

A simple and short course about learning what constitute international criminal law.

By Raul M

Sep 20, 2020

Would Prefer shorter more informative videos rather than long analysis videos

By Faisal B K V

Jun 18, 2020

Thanks a lot for giving an opportunity to do this course from Coursera.

By Gustavo A

Jan 27, 2017

it was very helpfull to understand about International Criminal Law

By Abhishek s

Jun 28, 2020

very helpful course for International Law students!!!

By Joy S

Sep 05, 2018

very interesting class. Gave me a lot to think about

By Paul V d E

Jul 29, 2020

A very interesting course. An excellent instructor.

By Srinidhi E

Mar 03, 2019

Its a great course. i loved everything.!!!!!!!!!!

By David S A

Mar 27, 2018

This is very good and relevant to its subject.

By William C L

Mar 02, 2016

Great Class,

Would like even more information.

By Carlos D A J

Apr 21, 2020

Good course, incredible teacher and lessons

By Md.Saiful I

May 28, 2020

The Course is full of skilled information

By Allison O

Jan 18, 2016

Very informational and interesting.

By Abdul S

Jul 22, 2020

excellent work of coursea good job

By Anil K

May 01, 2020

Content was good and knowledgeable