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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 15, 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 31, 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 Nikki V

May 19, 2020

Was very helpful and I enjoyed a lot. It gave me a basic background in IHL...

By Vanessa L O R

Jun 25, 2020

Muy buen curso. Aprendí muchísimo de teoría y terminología respecto al tema.

By Trisita P

Apr 16, 2020

very precise and to the point learning materials. Very well designed course.

By Tejas B

Dec 17, 2018

An excellent overview of International Humanitarian Law, highly-recommended!

By Deleted A

Dec 18, 2018

Good course if you want to learn more about international humanitarian law.

By Natnicha

Apr 16, 2020

Thank you for the course! It has provided me lots of knowledge in the IHL.

By Hemanth K C

Mar 21, 2019

Very helpful to learn humanitarian law and to choose a professional career

By Siwarut l

Sep 25, 2019

Absolutely perfect Yes. It is a great online classroom ever and forever.


May 09, 2020

Je suis très fièr d'être formé dans cette très grande Université.

By Dragana Đ

Aug 04, 2019

Interesting topics for further research applicable in ongoing cases

By Oleksandra V

Sep 03, 2020

Thank you a lot, it was an interesting and useful course for me!

By gabriele a

Jun 16, 2020

Useful and interesting I am happy I had the chance to finish it.

By agalassou a

Jul 11, 2019

it was very interesting , now I understand IHL and i can move on

By Carl A

Dec 05, 2018

Excellent integration of video, discussion, reading and quizzes.

By Замкин С С

Apr 10, 2020

Such courses certainly make the world a better and safer place.

By Toby F

Nov 28, 2018

An excellent introduction and refresher - highly recommended!

By Sarah N

Sep 04, 2020

The videos were great and the readings extremely informative

By Sanju G

Mar 05, 2020

A very well organised and taught course!!!

Many thanks!!

By Samson Y

Mar 16, 2019

It helped me very well in advancing my knowledge on IHL

By Chinedu C

Aug 18, 2019

Quite enlightening course, taught in simple language.

By Esther M M

Feb 13, 2019

Very well explained and interesting topics covered!

By Jennifer H

Mar 25, 2020

A great and in depth course. Really enjoyed it!

By Kåre T P

Dec 01, 2019

Super godt og meningsfyldt kursus. Tak til FLOS

By Abigail G

May 04, 2020

Informative and interesting - would recommend.


Sep 21, 2019

veyry comprehensive and well arranged course.