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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

LS

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.

AM

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 Marija R

Mar 21, 2020

Michael Scharf is an excellent professor, I greatly enjoyed the course, which was extremely imteresting and motivating.

By Emmanuel H

Dec 27, 2018

I observe this course with intentionally and critically , i hope i will get some vital education and necessary lessons.

By Umair A S

Mar 30, 2020

It was a great experience, this course offers a lot of knowledge and learning one needs on International Criminal law.

By Hasham A

Jul 16, 2020

One of the Best teachers on Coursera. This course gave me an insight into how the International Criminal Court works.

By Magda O

Jul 21, 2017

Great course! I highly recommend it to anyone interested in International Criminal Law and/or international politics.

By Lavinder K A A K S

Jan 24, 2016

Very informative and comprehension modules and video teachings to enhance my interests in International Criminal Law.

By Deepak B N

Sep 27, 2015

if you planning to learn International Criminal Law even with out law background this course will help you understand

By Pedro V F C

Oct 06, 2020

Curso extraordinário, parabéns ao organizadores aprendi muito, história, organização e cultura.

Valeu muito a pena!

By Gabriela M G

Jul 24, 2020

Es un curso muy completo, claro, con materiales de lectura concisos y una gran línea jurisprudencial internacional.

By Rona D L

Sep 27, 2020

Thumbs up for the online professors for their efforts and well explain topics about international criminal laws

By Saubhagya C

May 27, 2020

Very helpful, knowledgeable, and easy to understand. Combination action of practicality and classroom teaching.

By Bassel K

Aug 10, 2020

The impact of state policies on the International Court. And the difficulty of achieving international justice

By Fazil G

May 28, 2020

Absolutely informative. Got a lot to learn from it. Thank you. Looking forward to take part in future courses.

By Joseph C

Aug 15, 2015

It was interesting. The professor was great. The Final was a little much, but fair. On balance - great course.

By Jhonata B

Feb 04, 2020

The course was extremely relevant, with its materials easy to understand. Congratulations to the instructors.

By GLORIA D R

Dec 14, 2015

MUY INTERESANTE, SALUDOS AL PROFESOR Y AGRADECIMIENTOS POR COMPARTIR CON NOSOTROS MUY BIEN EXPLICADO. GRACIAS

By João T O P

Feb 03, 2016

Muito bom. Parece despretensioso no início, mas aprofunda bastante em temas que no Brasil não são abordados.

By alex s

Oct 29, 2015

REally learned a lot from this course and feel it was a stepping stone to other law classes in human rights.

By Hugo H L M

Jun 05, 2020

Excelente curso, Claridad en los conceptos, completo en información, pertinencia en los contenidos, gracias

By Maria R G C

May 31, 2020

Me encanto! Muy practico y las evaluaciones muy buenas, aprendi mucho con los estudios de casos. Excelente!

By Сиразиев С Р

Nov 26, 2017

Очень позитивный лектор с понятным произношением, много интересных кейсов и аналитики исторических событий.

By Parthiban S

Sep 16, 2015

one of the best and taught course on International criminal law and the Professor deserves all the credits!

By Anthony T

Oct 01, 2020

Very engaging and informative course. Thanks to both Professor Scharf and Case Western Reserve University.

By Conćhita T

Apr 19, 2016

Great start of the Course though hope that the video lesson has an option to download to watch it offline

By GANGBE K B C

May 31, 2020

It was a very helpful course and I learned more about International Criminal Law. I highly recommend it.