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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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Nov 15, 2020

The lectures are so detailed, well explained and the materials are available in all formats.

By Deepak k

Jul 12, 2021

nice course this course helped me to learn a lot of things about international criminal law

By Atiqullah S

Aug 5, 2020

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

By Ohad K

Feb 7, 2016

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

By Laiba T

May 8, 2022

Very informative but videos are long i even sleep during lectures but it was good

By Raul M

Sep 20, 2020

Would Prefer shorter more informative videos rather than long analysis videos

By Unzila H

Nov 26, 2020

Interesting and easy to learn and understand. Need to improve video quality.

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 26, 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 5, 2018

very interesting class. Gave me a lot to think about

By Francis C K

Dec 31, 2020

won"t miss it for anything thanks to the organizers

By Paul V d E

Jul 29, 2020

A very interesting course. An excellent instructor.

By Srinidhi E

Mar 3, 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 Wilhelm v L

Mar 2, 2016

Great Class,

Would like even more information.

By Vishnu K

May 15, 2021

A Very Comprehnsive International Law Course

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 Pilar M

Nov 10, 2022

Muy interesante y muy buena pedagogía

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 1, 2020

Content was good and knowledgeable

By Welmoed N

Nov 26, 2017

I thought it was very interesting!

By Diana G

Oct 16, 2016

A good introduction to the topic