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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
1 hour to complete

Welcome to this course

Great that you are joining us! In this course you will learn about international criminal justice. The course starts with a short introduction module. To give you a better understanding what this course is about and help you study succesfully in an online course. If you encounter any difficulties while studying, please let us know in the forum. For technical difficulties or questions regarding the course certificate, you can always contact the Coursera Learner Helpdesk. Good luck & we hope you will enjoy this course!

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1 video (Total 4 min), 5 readings
5 readings
Meet the instructor & his team10m
Welcome to Leiden University5m
Complete our short survey10m
Community Guidelines & Academic Toolkit10m
Tips for studying online5m
3 hours to complete

The International Criminal Justice System: Core Concepts and Foundations

Welcome to the first module of this Course! This week, we will introduce you to some of the foundations and core concepts of the international criminal justice system. We will discuss international crimes (genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes) and foundations of liability. We will relate the discussion to some of the challenges of the Lubanga case, the International Criminal Court's first ever trial.

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8 videos (Total 66 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
8 videos
An Introduction to International Crimes7m
Core Crimes - Genocide10m
The Core Crimes - Crimes Against Humanity9m
Core Crimes - War Crimes9m
Individual Criminal Responsibility6m
Modes of Liability7m
Illustrating the Lubanga Case7m
1 reading
Required Reading30m
1 practice exercise
Week 120m
Week
2
3 hours to complete

The International Criminal Justice System: Justice Institutions and Procedures

In this second week we will examine justice institutions and the different stages of the justice process. We will study how major international criminal cases emerge. We will cover the role of different actors in the process, including prosecutorial strategies and legal and political challenges.

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7 videos (Total 98 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
7 videos
An Introduction to Justice Institutions9m
An Introduction to the Main Actors9m
Hard Choices11m
How Cases Emerge11m
An Introduction to the Justice Process11m
Interview with Chief Prosecutor of the ICTY: Serge Brammertz34m
1 reading
Required Reading1h
1 practice exercise
Week 220m
Week
3
3 hours to complete

Trying Perpetrators

In this third week, we will focus on the criminal process, including the challenges faced by different actors. We will study how a trial unfolds. We will explore the role and perspective of the Defence and victims. We will then examine the role of the judge in international criminal proceedings. We will finally discuss the role of child soldiers as victims and perpetrators, including the experiences of the ICC in its first cases (Lubanga,Ongwen).

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7 videos (Total 104 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
7 videos
The Role of the Judge11m
Defending Suspects and Accused (Part I)7m
Defending Suspects and Accused (Part II)8m
The Role of Victims11m
The Child Soldier Dilemma10m
Interview with Defense Counsel: Karim Khan QC42m
1 reading
Required Reading30m
1 practice exercise
Week 320m
Week
4
6 hours to complete

Remedying Wrong and Look to the Future

In this final week, we will explore how wrong can be remedied through trials, and how international criminal justice can be improved. After this week, you should be able to formulate a proposal on how international criminal justice can be enhanced.

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7 videos (Total 106 min), 3 readings, 3 quizzes
7 videos
Judgment (Part II)10m
Punishment12m
Repairing Harm13m
Enhancing Effectiveness13m
Interview with ICC president: Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi35m
Concluding Video11m
3 readings
Required Reading20m
Recommended Reading20m
Complete our short survey10m
2 practice exercises
Week 420m
Final Exam40m
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By RRAug 2nd 2017

This course is a wonderful eye open for the sack of world peace.Even those who would be potential criminals in international criminal law are made to think twice before they could commit an offence.

By MRJul 16th 2017

Another excellent course by the Leiden University, which effectively immerses the student in the structure of the ICC. The teacher is very charismatic and the supporting material is very good.

Instructors

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Carsten Stahn

Prof. dr International Criminal Law and Global Justice
Grotius Centre for International Studies
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Sergey Vasiliev

Assistant Professor
Grotius Centre for International Studies

About Universiteit Leiden

Leiden University is one of Europe's foremost research universities. This prominent position gives our graduates a leading edge in applying for academic posts and for functions outside academia. Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands. It was founded in February 1575, as a gift from William of Orange to the citizens of Leiden after they had withstood a long siege by the Spanish. Our motto is: Praesidium Libertatis — Bastion of Liberty....

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