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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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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 Myrte D

Jun 3, 2020

I wish to share that the notes made during the video are often not very clear. It would be useful to have clear endings of the phrases, and new paragraphs. And not a repetition of the words, spoken by the professor when he is re-thinking his phrase.

In addition I wish top ask you to update the course, as today it is 2020. The recordings have taken place in 2016? Or even earlier?

Last but not least, I wish to share that the Dutch UN mission in Srebrenica had not been described correctly. The Dutch General had asked for back up, but the other UN parties (specially the British army close by) did not wish to help the Dutch Blue helmets. In your lectures it looks like the Dutch themselves had made the horrible mistake just to run away, leaving those 700 men behind. But in fact they had to run away as they knew they would be outnumbered by the Serbs, without any help from the other UN armies in the area.

Thanks! Myrte Dijksman-Schouten

By Vladimir

Dec 10, 2015

I really like to the content of the course, but the problem of it is that it does not really incorporate the legal skills one acquires from Law School and is thus somewhat of a false representation of the case law that is offered.

By lina b

Jul 25, 2020

para personas que no tenemos los recursos a la mano para el certificado, deberian facilitarnos mas las cosas, me gustaria obtener el certificado, pero no tengo posiblidad economica para eso :(

By magdy k

May 6, 2021

Why are there no free certificates for completing the course, knowing the beginning of the course, you indicate a free certificate

By Elizabeth N C

Jun 19, 2021

It is necessary to give key points in the practice of the Introduction to International Criminal Law

By 沈靖儀

Mar 20, 2021

Very hard for a science student.But if you are interested in law,it’s a good try.

By saif k

Jan 18, 2020

a little bit complicated but a nice course full of information and knowledge.

By Christopher L N

Oct 1, 2020

The material was good, but the readings were much longer than it stated.

By Abdulaziz A M

Jan 12, 2020

please reduce the length of videos

By Rajkumar J

Aug 19, 2015

it was a interesting course

By María E T H

Aug 3, 2019

Muy interesante.

By Aakif T

Sep 11, 2021

The teacher in this course is not objective at all. Certain judgements are made in this course about things that are not clearly known. This platform was not based to do politics

By Ingrid P

Aug 27, 2015

Ofrecen el curso para hispanohablantes sin embargo las lecturas solo están disponibles en ingles. Si ofrecen algo cumplanlo en su totalidad NO a medias.

By Animikha G

Jul 27, 2020

can you please help me to unenroll?

By Nneoma A

Oct 19, 2020

the lectures were too long

By Shubham

Dec 28, 2017

Perfect course.

By Rahul p

Sep 28, 2020