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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 Lufuno M

Nov 13, 2021

Really enjoyed the content

By Wilker J

May 29, 2020

Best course ever! Thanks.

By François F P

May 28, 2020

Maybe a follow up course?

By Shubham G

May 5, 2020

Best Course on Coursera.

By merve b

Jul 4, 2019

thahts good experiences!

By Sam B

Dec 19, 2019

very interesting course

By Ayca K

May 26, 2020

It was very helpful

By Maria C R S

May 18, 2020

Excellent course!!!

By Mustafa S G

Jun 3, 2020

Incredible course.

By Apekshya P

Sep 28, 2020

Fruitful Session!

By Marcela R F N

Mar 15, 2020

Fantastic course!

By Jose F G A

Jul 12, 2020

Excellent course

By Abdishakur A O

Sep 8, 2019

very good course

By Maxime F

Jul 18, 2019

Very instructive

By Lizandro C S

Jul 28, 2020

excelente curso

By James U L P d S

Jan 26, 2021


By Samantha A K

Jul 2, 2019

Great course!

By Bárbara T

Aug 26, 2020

Very Good!!!

By S J

Aug 4, 2020

it was great

By Tanmay D

Sep 4, 2020


By Vitalina V

Sep 5, 2019

Very useful

By Gary M O S

Aug 19, 2019

buen curso

By Aniekan U

Sep 27, 2019

very high

By Patrick B B

Jan 29, 2019

Merci !