Introduction to International Criminal Law

Taught by one of the world’s leading experts in the field, this course will educate students about the fundamentals of international criminal law and policy. We will explore the challenges of prosecuting international genocide, war crimes, terrorism, and piracy cases.

About The Course

From the Nuremberg trial to the case against Saddam Hussein, from the prosecution of Al-Qaeda terrorists to the trial of Somali pirates – no area of law is as important to world peace and security as international criminal law.  Taught by one of the world’s leading experts in the field, this course will educate students about the fundamentals of international criminal law and policy.  We will explore the contours of international crimes such as genocide, war crimes, terrorism, and piracy.  We will examine unique modes of international criminal liability and specialized defenses.  And we will delve into the challenges of obtaining custody of the accused and maintaining control of the courtroom.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I get a Statement of Accomplishment after completing this class?

  • Yes. Students who successfully complete the course (by obtaining a score of 6 or better out of ten on the Midterm and Final Exams) will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructor.  Students who, in addition to fulfilling the requirements for a “Statement of Accomplishment,” also post five or more on-line submissions of over 200 words in length with respect to the simulations and discussion exercises during the course will be awarded a Statement of Accomplishment "with Distinction."    

What is the “Signature Track” option?

  • While this course is absolutely free, and there is no charge for obtaining a Statement of Accomplishment, for a small fee, students may subscribe to the Signature Track option, which offers you the chance to earn a Verified Certificate for completing an eligible course like this one.  Signature Track securely links your coursework to your real identity, allowing you to confidently show the world what you have achieved on Coursera.  We are offering the Signature Track option for this course to facilitate the ability of lawyers to get Continuing Legal Education credit for this course in jurisdictions that award CLE for on-line programs.

What resources will I need for this course?

  • For this course, all you need is an Internet connection, and the time to read and discuss the exciting materials available online.

What is the coolest thing about this course?

  • The topics we will be discussing are ripped from the headlines.  The topics are often controversial and thought-provoking, and always exciting.

Recommended Background

You don’t have to be a lawyer and there are no prerequisites for this course. However, the course will be conducted at the level expected of advanced undergraduate students. Therefore, for all participants, reading and writing comfortably in English at the undergraduate college level is desirable.