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Basic understanding of (international) law is helpful.

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Beginner Level

Basic understanding of (international) law is helpful.

Approx. 13 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English

Learners taking this Course are

  • Lawyers
  • Paralegals
  • Translators
  • Journalists
  • Program Coordinators

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
1 hour to complete

Welcome to this course!

1 video (Total 6 min), 7 readings
7 readings
Meet the instructor and his team10m
Welcome to Leiden University, its Kalshoven-Gieskes Forum and the respective partners10m
Complete our short survey5m
Copyright note5m
Community Guidelines & Academic Toolkit10m
Tips for studying online5m
Overview legal texts and abbreviations10m
2 hours to complete

Introduction to International Humanitarian Law

2 videos (Total 11 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
2 videos
Welcome to the Arfula case study2m
3 readings
Animation video ICRC "Rules of war in a nutshell"5m
Textbook and introduction podcast interview30m
Introduction case study and further readings5m
1 practice exercise
Test your IHL knowledge20m
Week
2
3 hours to complete

Conflict classification

5 videos (Total 35 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
5 videos
International armed conflicts9m
Non-international armed conflicts9m
Military interventions, NIAC spill-over and situations below armed conflict8m
Arfula case study3m
4 readings
Legal sources and textbook30m
Legal sources and textbook20m
Textbook and introduction podcast interview10m
Further readings
2 practice exercises
Test your IHL knowledge30m
Arfula case study20m
Week
3
4 hours to complete

Conduct of hostilities

6 videos (Total 40 min), 3 readings, 3 quizzes
6 videos
Distinction9m
Proportionality and precautions7m
Military operations in civil wars5m
Lawful weapons8m
Arfula case study1m
3 readings
Textbook30m
Textbook and introduction podcast interview10m
Further readings
3 practice exercises
Combatant status5m
Test your IHL knowledge30m
Arfula case study20m
Week
4
5 hours to complete

Protection of persons

6 videos (Total 35 min), 6 readings, 4 quizzes
6 videos
The sick and wounded8m
Prisoners of war and other detainees8m
Civilians in the hands of the enemy5m
Protection of women, children and journalists5m
Arfula case study1m
6 readings
Textbook30m
Textbook40m
Legal sources and textbook30m
Women and children affected by war share their story15m
Introduction podcast interview10m
Further readings
4 practice exercises
ICRC's access to detainees10m
Your contribution to the "IHL in Action" platform20m
Test your IHL knowledge30m
Arfula case study20m
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Top reviews from International Humanitarian Law in Theory and Practice

By AKDec 15th 2018

this course is helpful in basic understanding of IHL and in understanding the difference between Human rights laws and IHL enforcements . Teaching Faculty clarified simplified the overview very well.

By VSMay 31st 2019

A really very wonderful, articulate and helpful course. The Professors were great with their knowledge and presentations. The practical insight given by the guest-speakers were just priceless.

Instructors

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Robert Heinsch

Prof. Dr.
Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies
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Giulia Pinzauti

Dr.
Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies
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Emma Irving

Dr.
Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies
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Cinny Buys

LL.M.
Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies

About Universiteit Leiden

Leiden University is one of Europe's foremost research universities. This prominent position gives our graduates a leading edge in applying for academic posts and for functions outside academia. Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands. It was founded in February 1575, as a gift from William of Orange to the citizens of Leiden after they had withstood a long siege by the Spanish. Our motto is: Praesidium Libertatis — Bastion of Liberty....

About Kalshoven-Gieskes Forum

The Kalshoven-Gieskes Forum on International Humanitarian Law provides a platform within the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies (Leiden University) for the research, teaching and dissemination of international humanitarian law (IHL). Additionally, the Forum offers students of the regular Public International Law master in Leiden to participate in its IHL Clinic and to work on research projects of partner institutions in the field. With these activities, the forum aims to create better protection and assistance for victims of war and more respect for humanity in armed conflict....

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