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International Law in Action explains the functions of each international court and tribunal present in The Hague, and it looks at how these institutions address contemporary problems. On the basis of selected cases, and through interviews with judges and lawyers, you will explore the role of these courts and tribunals and their potential to contribute to global justice. The first module of the course will investigate how judicial settlement is different from other more political forms of dispute settlement, such as negotiation and mediation. It offers a brief historical overview and introduces the judicial and arbitral bodies based in The Hague. In the remaining modules you will learn about the functions of these courts and tribunals, and some of the challenges and prospects that they face. Three cross-cutting themes tie together all of these modules: (i) The interaction between law and politics; (ii) The continuing role of State consent; and (iii) The ability of international courts and tribunals to protect the public interest and global values. This course offers you an opportunity to gain a better insight into the functions and features of the courts and tribunals present in The Hague. You will gain a familiarity with each court or tribunal. You will develop realistic expectations of their capacity to address contemporary problems and an awareness of their limitations. You will also be able to discuss some of their most prominent cases. If you would like to have a better understanding of international law in action in The Hague, this is definitely the course 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
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Cours en ligne à 100 %

Commencez dès maintenant et apprenez aux horaires qui vous conviennent.
Clock

Approx. 11 heures pour terminer

Recommandé : 4 hours/week
Comment Dots

English

Sous-titres : English, French

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1

Section
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4 hours to complete

An introduction to the International Courts and Tribunals in The Hague

Welcome to this first week in which we will enter the world of the international judiciary with you. We will discuss the evolution of international dispute settlement in our international legal order. The leading question is: why did people start thinking about creating international courts? We will also introduce the community of international courts present in The Hague today. ...
Reading
7 videos (Total 35 min), 9 readings, 1 quiz
Video7 videos
Introduction to the Course2m
Introduction2m
The History of International Dispute Settlement in The Hague7m
Diplomatic versus Judicial International Dispute Settlement8m
Overview of the International Courts and Tribunals in The Hague6m
The Course Themes: Law and Politics, State Consent, Global Values4m
Reading9 readings
Meet the instructor & her team5m
How to pass this course & obtain your certificate5m
Welcome to Leiden University5m
Complete our short survey10m
Tips for studying online5m
Being successful in an international virtual learning environment5m
Behaving in an academic way5m
Required Reading0m
Recommended Reading0m
Quiz1 practice exercises
An Introduction to the International Courts and Tribunals in The Hague20m

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Section
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4 hours to complete

The International Court of Justice (ICJ)

This week we are going to explore the principle judicial organ of the United Nations—the International Court of Justice. This Court has dual functions as an institution that settles disputes between States, and as an advice giver within the UN system. We will explore the limitations that the Court faces in its fulfilment of these functions as well as its potential as an institution, particularly in the context of disputes involving the protection of the environment. From this week onwards, you will also be able to start working on the peer assignment. All relevant information with regard to the peer assignment can be find below. We look forward to reading how you view the future of the international courts and tribunals in The Hague! ...
Reading
5 videos (Total 52 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
Video5 videos
The ICJ's Contentious Jurisdiction8m
Advisory Opinions of the International Court of Justice8m
The International Court of Justice and the Protection of the Environment7m
Interview with Judge Christopher Greenwood16m
Reading2 readings
Required Reading0m
Recommended Reading0m
Quiz1 practice exercises
The International Court of Justice20m

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Section
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3 hours to complete

The Arbitration of International Disputes

This week, we will explore the world of international arbitration. More specifically, we will focus on the Permanent court of arbitration, inter-state arbitration and investor-state arbitration. Through our videos, you will discover the history and characteristics of arbitration and you will understand how its functioning is impacted by the dynamics at play within the international and domestic societies. You will also come to realize the importance of public interests in the disputes settled through arbitration and you will learn how they are taken into account in international arbitration....
Reading
5 videos (Total 44 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
Introduction to Inter-State Arbitration5m
Introduction to Investor-state Arbitration7m
Investment Arbitration and Public Interests: Human Health7m
Interview with Brooks W. Daly16m
Reading2 readings
Required Reading0m
Recommended Reading0m
Quiz1 practice exercises
The Arbitration of International Disputes20m

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5 hours to complete

International Criminal Courts and Tribunals

This week examines a relatively new type of international courts, namely international criminal courts, with a focus on the ICC. We will discuss ongoing cases and debates, including sensitive issues such as the prosecution of sitting Heads of States. We will also inquire whether the international community is in need of a new dedicated international terrorism tribunal. ...
Reading
5 videos (Total 85 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
The International Criminal Court13m
Interview with ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda41m
International Criminal Courts and Global Values: The ICC and Democracy10m
Towards an International Terrorism Tribunal?8m
Reading3 readings
Required Reading0m
Recommended Reading0m
Documents for Reference0m
Quiz1 practice exercises
International Criminal Courts and Tribunals20m

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1 hour to complete

Conclusions of the three Course Themes

This week, we will directly focus on the three course themes that have structured our discussions in the previous modules: law and politics, state consent and global values. For each of these themes, the videos of this module will give you the opportunity to synthetize the knowledge that you have acquired over the course and to compare the various courts and tribunals that have been analyzed through the lenses of the course themes. The videos in this module will also offer you some concluding observations and insights which will stimulate you to continue to reflect on these three themes and the international courts in The Hague more generally. This week, you will also take the final exam of this course; good luck on this!...
Reading
3 videos (Total 19 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video3 videos
Course Theme II: State Consent5m
Course Theme III: Global Values6m
Reading1 readings
Complete our short survey10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Final Exam40m
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Top Reviews

By SRJan 4th 2017

The course was extremely informative with a holistic perspective on the functioning of various international courts as well as special courts addressing international law issues.

By YVJun 19th 2016

Este curso é excelente , o material é fantástico , e os professores são altamente qualificados, parabéns a todos que contribuíram para a realização deste excelente curso.

Instructors

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Larissa van den Herik

Professor of Public International Law
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Cecily Rose

Assistant Professor of International Law
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Yannick Radi

Assistant Professor of International Law

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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