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Free Online Course on International Criminal Law

Case Western Reserve University is offering a free online course on Introduction to International Criminal Law. The course will be conducted at the level expected of advanced undergraduate students

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

Course At Glance

Length: 3 hours of lectures and assessments
Subject: Law
Institution: Case Western Reserve University and Coursera
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes
Session: Self-Paced

Providers’ Details

Case Western Reserve University is a leading national research university located in Cleveland, Ohio. Through its seven schools and college, Case Western Reserve offers top-10 programs in health law, organizational behavior and social work and top-25 programs in biomedical engineering, international law, medicine and nursing. More than 4,000 undergraduate and nearly 6,000 graduate and professional students are enrolled at CWRU, representing all 50 states and more than 90 countries.

About This 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.

Why Take This Course?

This is a free online course. Applicants can get a verified certificate.


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.


Michael Scharf, Interim Dean and Joseph C. Hostetler – Baker & Hostetler Professor of Law
School of Law

How To Join This Course

  • Go to the course website link
  • Sign Up At  Coursera
  • Select a course and Join

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