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About the Course

‘Investigating and Prosecuting International Crimes’ is the second course in Leiden University’s new series on International Law in Action. The first course covered international courts and tribunals in The Hague in general. This second course provides an insider perspective into the work of international criminal courts and tribunals. You will learn about the investigation and prosecution of international crimes in The Hague. Atrocities produce unspeakable forms of violence. We will explore whether and how international criminal justice contribute to what UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon called the ‘age of accountability’. The theory is, those who commit the worst of human crimes, are held accountable, whether they are rank-and-file foot soldiers or military commanders, whether they are lowly civil servants following orders or top political leaders. We will test how this can be done and if this is realistic. During this course, you will be offered a look into the ‘kitchen’ of the Hague international criminal courts and tribunals. You will learn how international criminal justice functions, who the actors are, what outcomes it produces, and how it can be improved. If you want to gain a better understanding of international criminal cases, like the Lubanga case, the ICC’s first ever trial, and the legal legacy of UN international criminal tribunals, then this course is definitely for you! 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


Aug 1, 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.


Dec 29, 2019

This course provides sufficient knowledge and learning in investigating and prosecuting international crimes. Learning videos and reading materials provided are very substantial.

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By Ericka B

Jun 21, 2017

Very informative course with comprehensive tools and valuable interviews and dialogue with relevant experts in the field of international law!

By Rebecca G

Jul 20, 2019

Brilliant for someone who wants to go into international law. The content is amazing and moves at a reasonable pace. The interviews conduct for this course were inspiring!

By Nabil A

Dec 13, 2019

I think this course is very necessary. In order to stop the culture of impunity in the crime of genocide. And war crime. And crimes against humanity. . Finally, I say that the supervisors of this course deserve respect and appreciation

By Mateus M

Jul 16, 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.

By Chris J B B

Dec 29, 2019

This course provides sufficient knowledge and learning in investigating and prosecuting international crimes. Learning videos and reading materials provided are very substantial.

By Domagoj V

Jan 4, 2017

Comprehensive yet respectful amount of gained knowledge within anyone's grasp. Just few clicks away from very valuable knowledge source.

By Teresa C

Mar 26, 2018

Excellent course! Very interesting and complete. Thank you very much for putting it in the platform and the opportunity to learn.

By Daniya S

Oct 13, 2020

thank you coursera for giving me this great opportunity to learn international law in action. its really a graet course

By Ramesh C A

Oct 16, 2021

Leiden, Oxford, Harvard and UCL, Belgium are top names when it comes to legal education. This was my second course in the three part course series and I must admire the extremely high quality of the course. The passing bar is set at 80% and unless one really does justice to the course one would not quality. I watched many of the videos twice and made a summary of every video I watched as well as every reading that was required or recommended. It helped in revision just before the exam. Overall, I am thoroughly impressed and delighted. I would like to add that the course can be further improved. Right now all the course content consists of professors giving lectures - it can be enhanced by using relevant graphics and animation as used in some animated summaries and some videos on youtube. I feel it can further enhance the quality of the course.

By Kevin M M

Mar 24, 2022

The expertise of the teachers, and their understanding of the subject matter, is what made the class a real treat to be in. My understanding of the topic grew, and greatly matured along with the complexity of the subject matter, and I'm in debt to the course staff, and professors who provided the articles, and toolkit needed to further my understanding. As of late my entreaties to be nominated to the Hague Court, as an associate justice, to my countries leadership, in the United States of America, have been replied to via e-mail, and I too look forward to the day that we as Americans can work together an order to bring a more prosperous country to fruition. Thank You.

By Lorenzo B

Jul 31, 2022

This is a fantastic course! I want to thank professor Stahn and his colleages for their hard work in assembling this course. I attended law school online and thought it was incredibly efficient in delivering top quality education at a very fair price. Similarly, here, Universiteit Leiden has shown, in my mind, what a first-rate quality organization they are but, in addition, offering this free course. Frankly, I think that every student must overwhelmingly write similar comments. The videos featured rich content. The narration was clear. The reading material was relevant and meanigful. This is a course to remember. Thank you!


Nov 1, 2020

Ce cours est très bien organisé, il donne toutes les notions, la théorie et la pratique du droit pénal international, des mécanismes de poursuites des auteurs des crimes internationaux (Crime de guerre, crime de génocide, crime contre l'humanité). Il permet de comprendre le cheminement du procès devant la Cours et donne les éléments nécessaires pour définir et identifier ces différents crimes. C'est un cours très bien documenté, dispensé dans une pédagogie et méthodologie bien adéquate, fournissant une jurisprudence actualisée, et une expertise des praticiens hors du commun.

By María T

Oct 10, 2021

The course was superb, particularly the interviews at the end of each module. The reading material and extra videos were a good complement. The lectures were very clear. Thank you very much for upgrade and broader my knowledge about proceeding in International Criminal Law. Hoping this contributes to my intention in being part of the ICC.

By Joseph J

Jul 10, 2021

Course was a great introduction to the International Criminal Court and various aspects of international law. The course materials went well beyond the videos (which were well done) to include resources from various sources. The course load is somewhat demanding, so I suggest expecting to spend 6-10 hours per week on the course.

By Guillermo P

Dec 18, 2017

Fantastic program. Please continue the series. I want to learn more about the process. I would appreciate if you can recommend additional literature on the topic. Your program has increase my interest and passion for International Law which I would like to merge with my original formal education. Your efforts are inspirational.

By Aditia B S

Apr 11, 2020

This second grade of International Law in Action from Leiden University MOOC is still cool!!! It east to understand what happened on International Criminal Justice and particularly on ICC!!! Hope there are another MOOC from Leiden relating about International Law. Good job!

By Tonderai T M

Apr 17, 2021

Expertly delivered course which addressed a very complex system of law in a methodical and concise way. The assessments were challenging and demanded sufficient engagement with the prescribed sources and videos and academic rigor in answering the questions.

By Catalina A J

Apr 13, 2020

Excellent course! It's a great way of understanding in depth how International criminal law works. It also includes interviews with people that work in the field, and that can offer an insight of the everyday functioning and challenges. Highly recommended!


Mar 9, 2017

Wonderful course I have ever taken. THIS is graet efford by the University ..vermuch userfriendly.I recoment all the learners who wannts to know much on ICc and criminal law must be follow this coure.Higly recomond.


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Aug 2, 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 Mira L

Jun 18, 2019

The course was very informative and well structured. I was pleased with the level of difficulty and detail. The course isn't designed for just anyone interested in the topic but is more in depth.

By Francesca C

Jan 14, 2022

Very well-structured. It has been very emotional to take part in the interviews with the various members of the ICC. Thank you Professor Stahn for how you have managed this course!

By Deleted A

Mar 31, 2021

I thank you a lot. It was great. Meanwhile, I ask you to make it possible for the coursetakers to build a connection between themselves. Connections of a lawyer are the power.

By Hannaneh J B

Aug 14, 2022

Thanks to Professor Stan and his colleague(s),a better and critical understanding of criminal law and interntional tribunals practicin it is delieverd to the learner.

By Daniil B

Apr 7, 2020

Very interesting, useful and deep course of International Criminal Law. The course may be a bit hard for a beginners, but it gives you a ton of knowledges.