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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 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 A. A N A B

Sep 6, 2021

this course helped me to understand more about HHI

By Christet M

Aug 9, 2021

T​his was a great experience and a great course

By Jen H

Mar 25, 2020

A great and in depth course. Really enjoyed it!

By Kåre T P

Dec 1, 2019

Super godt og meningsfyldt kursus. Tak til FLOS

By Abigail G

May 3, 2020

Informative and interesting - would recommend.


Sep 21, 2019

veyry comprehensive and well arranged course.

By Qazi S

Sep 20, 2019

Really helpful to understand the basis of IHL

By Rafael E R A

Mar 1, 2019

Muy bueno, conceptos básicos pero entendible

By José A G B

Aug 26, 2021

Excellent, I really recommend the course.

By Jamiru M

Sep 15, 2020

İt was very great to attend this course.

By Mariana R

Sep 17, 2021

Excellent introductory course to IHL!

By Tim F

Apr 15, 2020

Well presented and informative course

By Modhi

Jan 14, 2020

good job and was enjoy with coursear

By Sarah D

Oct 13, 2020

Good for refreshing your knowledge!

By Laís R d S

Jun 12, 2020

Curso incrível e muito aprofundado!

By Aman M

Jul 10, 2020

Great Course ..Very Resourceful..

By Yasuranga S A

Jun 11, 2020

A very good online course on IHL.

By Serafín S F P

Dec 27, 2019

Very useful and very informative.

By Sarah A

Mar 1, 2021

best study material and guidance

By Roberto G

Jan 15, 2021

marvelous course, thanks for all

By Hany G

Oct 21, 2020

That's great to get this course.


Dec 31, 2019