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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 Musa O

Sep 9, 2019

I am learning something new under this great course recommended by Prof. Blessing Lawal

By Göktürk D

Dec 23, 2018

It was a nice and helpful course. Podcasts are better if the transcripts are published.

By Pablo A M G

Jul 1, 2020

Thanks, this course was excellent, the information was important to learn and apply.

By Imtiaz B

May 28, 2020

Tremendously outstanding Course with perfectly complete Syllabuse and best faculty.

By Juan J A

May 5, 2020

excelente, los materiales del curso son muy completos, y el aprendizaje es mucho

By Lenga A

Jul 18, 2020

Thank's to Pr. Robert Heinsch and his team, this course was really interesting!

By Sri N D J 1

Feb 5, 2020

Its very interesting course. upload some easy materials.and upload more videos

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 Hillary O

Nov 1, 2021

This was a perfect opportunity to understand IHL in theory and in practice.

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 20, 2019

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

By Rozemarijn R

Apr 2, 2021

Super educational and good introduction to IHL - definitely recommedable.

By Siwarut l

Sep 25, 2019

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

By Carla L F V

Feb 6, 2022

A complete course with excelent material and videos, i just love it

By boambo j

May 9, 2020

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

By Dragana Đ

Aug 4, 2019

Interesting topics for further research applicable in ongoing cases

By Md L R L

Apr 4, 2021

It was a great experience! The resources were really informative!

By Oleksandra V

Sep 3, 2020

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

By gabriele P 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 5, 2018

Excellent integration of video, discussion, reading and quizzes.