Introduction to International Criminal Law




Case Western Reserve University




Free (certificate fee: USD$ 29, optional)

Available in

English, Arabic, French, Portuguese, Russian, German, Spanish, Vietnamese


This course explains the basic principles of international diplomacy, peace and legal processes involved in the study of international criminal law. It can be accessed through Coursera, an online education platform.

The course discusses international crimes such as terrorism, genocide and piracy through real life situations, such as the case against Saddam Hussein, the prosecution of Al-Qaeda terrorists, or the trial of Somali pirates. The participants will be introduced to the unique features of liability and defence in international law through simulations. The course also includes lessons on pre-trial issues discussed at the international courts.

 Some of the course contents are:

  • Tensions between peace and justice in international diplomacy
  • Definition of international crimes such as war crimes, genocide, crimes against humanity, and torture
  • Modern international classifications of terrorism and piracy
  • Gaining custody of an accused person under international law