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About the Course

“International Humanitarian Law in Theory and Practice” is the first MOOC of the Kalshoven-Gieskes Forum on International Humanitarian Law, which is the platform within the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies of Leiden University for the research, teaching and dissemination of international humanitarian law (IHL). In this course, Prof. Robert Heinsch, Dr. Giulia Pinzauti and Dr. Emma Irving will give you a deep insight into the rules that govern armed conflict, and aim to mitigate human suffering on the battlefield. You will explore the why and how of IHL, followed by the different types of conflict. In no time you will find out which rules apply to the civil war in Syria, the military intervention in Ukraine and the occupation of the West Bank. During this course, you will learn how hostilities should be waged: Which weapons can be used by combatants and other fighters? And, who should never be a target during military operations? We will also look into the concept of protected persons, and you will find out how IHL affords protection to the sick and wounded, medical personal, detainees, children, journalists and other persons who are not - or not anymore - fighting. At the end of this course, you are introduced to the different implementation and enforcement mechanisms that aim to increase respect for IHL. Here, you are invited to think critically whether IHL works! Throughout this course you will benefit from a mix of theory and practice, which is at the heart of the vision and mandate of the Kalshoven-Gieskes Forum. You can participate for instance in an ongoing case study where drones are flying over the fictitious country Arfula, and detainees are locked up in tiny cells. Or, you can join our discussions about IHL success stories and the major IHL challenges we face today, with distinguished speakers from the International Committee of the Red Cross and US Naval War College! This course is free to join and to participate in. There is the possibility to get a verified certificate for the course, which is a paid option. If you want a certificate, but are unable to pay for it, you can request financial aid via Coursera....

Top reviews


Dec 14, 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.


May 30, 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.

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By Malu C

Jul 27, 2019

This course has helped me for a better understanding of the International Humanitarian Law, its implementation and enforcement. It will help me in my career

By Andreea I

Jan 29, 2019

This course is very well structured and the video lessons are thoroughly explained, in a language for anyone to understand. I am really enjoying it so far!!

By Lotte E

Oct 4, 2019

Really interesting, through and enjoyable course. So much to learn but really gives you the insight into the complexities and obstacles to consider in IHL.

By Michael S

May 14, 2022

Opening to career in IHL in Theory and Practice.Motivatiion to safeguard the sick and wounde which is the civilians and combatants in terrorism warfare.

By Funke

Feb 21, 2021

Very interesting and handy for career officers in this field, It is could also be used as training modules for instructors in military field operations.

By Soumaya

Jun 7, 2020

I am absolutly delighted with this course! I have gained a great understanding of IHL and it did broaden my perspective of law in war times.

Thank you!

By Maroof R

Aug 19, 2019

Though it was my first MOOC, but the kind of which made me interested for more electronic self-education! Indeed a perfect website to excel and thrive!

By Tofail A

Sep 27, 2019

As a humanitarian, it's a highly demanded course to me. Will put in my practice and so on the "International Humanitarian Law in Theory and Practice"

By Ewa R

Jul 31, 2019

Very comprehensive course, which helped me to systematize my knowledge. I definitely recommend it, and am thankful for the possibility to take it!

By Chris S

Feb 17, 2020

i do like this course and you do can learn something if you study this course hard, it also expands and renovates my knowledge to IHL!! i like it

By Wayne A T

May 31, 2020

This course is great. Thank You to all those who made this online course possible and for sparing your time to us who participated. Mabuhay!!!

By Amanda O

May 11, 2019

Enlightening and complete, this course is a great option for anyone who wants to learn important concepts of IHL. I strongly recommend it.

By Saumya S

Sep 21, 2021

I personally enjoyed the course thoroughly. It made me realize how many different tangents can be there even to a particular set of laws

By Kariella P

Jan 1, 2022

This course was very informative and fun. I like how it is online self -paced and you can try the assignments / quizzes multiple times.

By Maxamed S

Sep 12, 2022

I appritiated much. During this course I've learned a lot of things about IHL. Now I'm looking foreword to make change in the world,

By Aimé B

Nov 17, 2019

Very clear, straight to the point. With basic knowledge I acquired, I aim to learn more through the additional recommended readings.

By Jana C R

Feb 24, 2019

An excellent primer on international humanitarian law with useful reading material and interesting interviews with practitioners.

By Diego R V A

Jun 28, 2020

Excelente curso y las temáticas verificadas enb un dinámico material de estudio. Muy actualizados los profesores. Muchas gracias

By Paula C

Oct 5, 2022

Top experts on the topic, useful material, and a very comprehensive approach to the general concepts and applicability of IHL.

By Nagatharan L K P

Nov 5, 2021

An excellent course for those who desire to make a change for the better in this world that is so engulfed with violence

By Iman N

Jun 9, 2022

It was a great experience to gain knowledge about IHL. this has qualified me a lot to apply for UN agencies. thank you.

By Chenni V

Apr 9, 2022

This course was helpful for me to gain insight into IACs and NIACs and the workings of the organisations related to it

By Nico P

Oct 18, 2019

Great course to get an introduction to IHL. I recommend it to anyone who wants to have a basic knowledge of the field.

By Aanchal K

May 2, 2019

Wonderful Course! Helped me a lot in understanding International Humanitarian Law. Podcasts were my favourite part :)

By naser d

Mar 29, 2021

It was great

For the first time I was able to finish a course here

And for the next periods, it gave me a lot of hope.