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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 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.

AM
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.

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By Jhonata B

Feb 3, 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 3, 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 5, 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 1, 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.

By Atul

Apr 7, 2020

Excellent course. the instructor explained the relevant things in a candid, easy to understand language.

By Muhammad N F B A J

Aug 24, 2019

This course increases my awareness regarding the significance of international law in our world today.

By CRISTIAN R B V

Nov 9, 2019

Es un curso genial para el aprendizaje como tambien para el ejercicio de derecho penal internancional

By Jerry O

Oct 25, 2018

Excellent delivery by Prof Michael Sharf. I found the live cases and illustrations extremely helpful.

By Anuradha

Oct 9, 2020

Got to learn a lot of things about law and is very knowledgeable.Thank you Professor Michael Scharf.

By Fernanda R

Feb 24, 2019

Very Practical course, with original materials you couldn't find anywhere else.

excellent professor.

By Akshaykumar G

Apr 13, 2020

Thank you so much sir for giving me wonderful opportunity to learn about international criminal law

By Delon P

May 3, 2020

The course is very informative. It is made more interesting by the instructor Mr. Michael Scharf.

By Oguguo F

Nov 13, 2020

It’s really awesome as I learnt a lot of things. Really enjoyed this session and it has helped me

By Chinedu C

Aug 12, 2019

This course is rich and insightful. It made me decide to take more courses in the Law discipline.

By VICTOR H N P

Aug 5, 2019

Es un curso muy completo, el cual recomiendo cursar en su totalidad, el aprendizaje es continuo.

By Aine M

Nov 25, 2015

Very good, enjoyable and incredibly useful in understanding the international community's way of

By abigail q

Nov 14, 2015

I think the professor is remarkable and all the material is absolutely good! thank you so much!