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International Law in Action: A Guide to the International Courts and Tribunals in The Hague

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Leiden University
(per week)
International Law
5 Weeks


The renowned Leiden University is launching a Massive Open Online Course on “International Law in Action: A Guide to the International Courts and Tribunals in The Hague”. The course, which is taught in English with French subtitles, has a duration of 5 weeks.

The course International law in Action explains the core mechanisms of the international courts and tribunals in The Hague and discusses in which way these institutions tackle some of the most pressing issues of our time. The course contains various chosen case studies and interviews with judges and lawyers.

“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.”

If you would like to understand the mechanisms and functions of the courts and tribunals in The Hague, this course is a great opportunity to gain practical knowledge and skills related to global justice. All contents of the course are available for free. Verified certificates for successful course participants are available for an extra fee.

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