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International Law

International law is an online MicroMasters Program offered by Université catholique de Louvain in Belgium. This is one of Europe’s oldest universities and is ranked first among Belgium’s French-speaking universities, according to QS World University Ranking.

In this four course MicroMasters Program, the student will be able to master the language of the international law community, including the rules and institutions, relevant to human rights, war and foreign investment.

This program is intended for law, political sciences or international relations graduates, as well as non – lawyers intending to interact with professional lawyers in an articulate way. Whoever is interested to complete an advanced master program in the future, will have the benefit of 20 credits out of 60 credits needed to complete the advanced master.

Students will be able to understand the legal rules at play in specific professional fields of international relations such as diplomacy, NGOs and humanitarian aid as well as decrypt international news from a legal perspective. This program offers several career opportunities such as attorneys, political scientists, journalists, economists, activists and NGO specialists, among others.

In order to successfully earn a Verified Certificate in all four courses, it’s suggested to start with the International Law course, as it will provide the student with the base knowledge useful to more easily take the following courses. The average length of this MicroMasters Program is 8 to 11 weeks per each course, with a commitment of 8 to 12 hours per week, per course.

Link: https://www.edx.org/micromasters/louvainx-international-law

International Investment Law

The International Investment Law course is part of the MicroMasters Program of International Law provided by Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium. The student will learn and understand the features and dynamics of an important field of international law that grants rights to foreign investors to foster State’s development.

Understanding the societal importance of international investment law includes taking into account discussions such as the balance between the protection of foreign investors and the right of host States to regulate in order to protect public welfare objectives, as well as duties and obligations of foreign investors, among others.

This free of charge course will help the student discover the history of international investment law, learn the objectives of this law and specific rights international investment agreements grant to foreign investors and master the features and functions of investor-state arbitration. It will cover a complete explanation of why international investment law and investor-state arbitration are currently the subject of criticism and be able to assess the soundness of this criticism.

Once successfully completed, the student will be able to relate the history and evolution of international investment law and comment on current controversies and criticisms, as well as analyze the practice of international investment law.

It is a prerequisite to take this course having already the knowledge of the fundamentals of International Law (subjects and sources of International Law/principles governing international responsibility). This knowledge will be acquired by completing the 3 courses prior to this one, which are included in the MicroMasters Program of International Law: International Law, International Human Rights Law and International Humanitarian Law.

Link: https://www.edx.org/course/international-investment-law

International Humanitarian Law

The International Humanitarian Law course is one of the four courses included in the MicroMasters program provided by Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium.

We will go over the phenomenon of armed conflicts, which is becoming increasingly complex, especially with respect to certain legal issues that will be discussed during the program. Students will learn how international law regulates these conflicts, protects individuals in wartime, and guarantees minimum compliance.

The course is mainly dedicated to students, researchers and academics that wish to specialize in this field. It is also dedicated to professionals, including members of NGOs, involved in armed conflict situations, or members of armed forces.

Current conflicts such as the fight against ISIS and Al-Qaeda in different regions of the world, as well as other recent conflicts occurring in Armenia, Afghanistan, Libya, Mali, RDC, Syria, Ukraine, among others, will be addressed during the course.

Once completed this course, the student will be able to decode and analyze in depth complex issues related to armed conflicts, understand the philosophy and logic underlying International Humanitarian Law norms, as well as propose constructive solutions in light of the evolution of the nature of armed conflicts and the legal norms applicable to them.

In order to successfully complete this course, students will need to commit for 8 to 12 hours per week during 11 weeks, which is the total length of the course. In addition, students should be familiar with the requirements of graduate-level courses and should preferably have already followed some law courses in order to be familiar with legal concepts and language.

Link: https://www.edx.org/course/international-humanitarian-law-louvainx-louv16x-0

International Human Rights Law

The Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium is currently offering the International Human Rights Law course. The main objective of this course is for students to learn how human rights are protected from both public and private power by international laws.

Fully taught in English, this course will discuss and question a unique human rights grammar, examining the sources of human rights, the duties of States and the mechanisms of protection.

This process will rely on comparative material from different jurisdictions, in order to study a wide range of topics such as religious freedom in multicultural societies, human rights in employment relationships, economic and social rights in development, or human rights in the context of the fight against terrorism.

It’s recommended to take the International Law course, included in the MicroMasters program of International Law provided online by the same University and free of charge, in order to acquire knowledge of the fundamentals of International Law (subjects and sources of International Law/principles governing international responsibility).

After successfully completing this course, students will be able to analyze and comment on key controversies surrounding the development of international human rights law, as well as using conceptual tools to follow the human rights law developments and finally be most effective in contributing to the enforcement of international human rights law.

Link: https://www.edx.org/course/international-human-rights-law-louvainx-louv2x-0

International Law

This free of charge law course, provided by the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium, relates to what international organizations do and, increasingly, it concerns individuals, corporations, NGO’s and other non-state actors.

This law course will rely on judgments and advisory opinions of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), which is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations (UN). Having acquired a basic knowledge of international law, you will find it easier to comprehend this subject in future international law sub-fields, like international human rights, international humanitarian law or international investment law.

During this process, students will learn what international law is; understand the role it plays in the world today and how it can be used. Students will also gain knowledge to help them better discern legal arguments within the flow of international news and reports.

After the successful completion of this course, students will have learned how and by whom international law is made, by whom it must be respected and how it is applied. They will also understand what happens when binding rules are breached and how it is possible to seek justice in this world.

In order to take this course, no prior knowledge of international law is required. However, students should be familiar with the requirements of graduate-level courses and should preferably have already followed some law courses in order to be familiar with legal concepts and legal language. The course is free of charge with the opportunity to pursue a Verified Certificate to highlight the knowledge and skills gained for a small fee.

Link: https://www.edx.org/course/international-law-louvainx-louv5x-4

Rethinking International Tax Law

Rethinking International Tax Law is a free online course offered by the Faculty of Law at Universiteit Leiden in The Netherlands, one of Europe’s foremost research universities.

Students who will enroll in this course will be able to receive the tools to become fully informed participants in the debate by explaining the foundations and practice of International Tax Law. Additionally, current developments and the ethical aspects of tax planning will be addressed during the course.

During this process, students will examine why planning strategies are now in the public eye, what the public debate is really about and who they key players are. They will see that the tax planning activities of multinationals have attracted a lot of attention during the past few years.

The length of this course is 6 weeks, and students should be between 4 to 12 hours per week. There are 6 modules, one per week, and each module will cover the most important topics of International Tax Law such as international tax planning, design of corporate tax law systems, principles of international taxation and tax treaties, transfer pricing, European Union law and ethical dimensions.

This course is intended for anyone who is interested in going to the core of international tax law and its planning, preferably with at least a basic knowledge in law. Those who compose all of the assignments and earn passing grades will pass the course and will have the opportunity to receive a Verified Certificate for a small fee.

Link: https://www.coursera.org/learn/international-taxation

Introduction to International Criminal Law

The Introduction to International Criminal Law is a course provided by Case Western Reserve University, a leading national research university located in Cleveland, Ohio.

During this course’s journey, students will explore the contours of international crimes such as genocide, war crimes, terrorism, and piracy. They will examine unique modes of international criminal liability and specialized defenses. Additionally, students will delve into the challenges of obtaining custody of the accused and maintaining control of the courtroom.

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. The topics we will be discussing are ripped from the headlines. The topics are often controversial and always exciting.

There are no background requirements in order to take 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.

This course is taught in English with the option to have subtitles in Spanish. The only requirements for this course is an Internet connection, and the time to read and discuss the exciting materials available online.

In order to successfully complete this course, the student will need to commit 7 to 8 hours of lectures and assessments and approve all of the assignments as well as earn passing grades.

Link: https://www.humanrightscareers.com/courses/eu-policy-and-implementation-making-europe-work/

International Water Law

The University of Geneva, member of the League of European Research Universities, provides the International Water Law course.

This course’s main objective is to provide the necessary background to understand and examine the regulation applicable to transboundary freshwaters, especially to rivers, lakes and aquifers. It will present the principles and legal standards that govern the user, sharing, management and protection of these resources.

The International Water Law course is dedicated to members of the university community (researchers, students) as well as all those who wish to gain a better understanding of this topic. Whoever wants to start this course doesn’t require any prior training in law.

After the successful completion of this course, the student will be able to describe the issues related to the regulation of transboundary freshwaters; explain how transboundary freshwater regulations have evolved; recall and interpret the key principles governing water resource regulation, and understand the role of international courts and tribunals in the resolution of conflicts.

This course has been developed by the Platform for International Freshwater Law, which is part of the Geneva Water Hub. Alongside the researchers and teachers of the Platform, several international experts have also taken part in it.

Students are able to access all videos, readings and discussions, free of charge. They can also submit assignments and earn a grade for free. Whoever wishes to earn a Verified Course Certificate, the possibility to subscribe or apply for a financial aid is available.

Link: https://www.coursera.org/learn/international-water-law?authMode=complete&completeMode=unableToGetProfile

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

The Universiteit Leiden in the Netherlands is currently offering a free course of International Law in Action. This course explains the functions of each international court and tribunal present in The Hague, and it looks at how these institutions address contemporary problems. Students will be able to explore the role of the courts and tribunals through interviews with judges and lawyers, and discover their potential to contribute to global justice.

This course is intended for anyone who wants to have a better understanding of international law in action in The Hague. Students will have the opportunity to gain a better insight into the functions and features of the present courts and tribunals in The Hague; develop realistic expectations of their capacity to address contemporary problems and an awareness of their limitations. Additionally, they will be able to discuss some of their most prominent cases.

The International Law in Action course is free of charge, students will be able to join and take part it in and get access to all materials. There is the possibility to get a verified certificate for the course, which is a paid option.

Taught in English, with subtitles in French, The International Law in Action course has an average length of 5 weeks in total, each week assessments and readings will be assigned and the student will need to pass all graded assignments to successfully complete the course.

Link: https://www.coursera.org/learn/international-law-in-action

International Law in Action: the Arbitration of International Disputes

International Law in Action: The Arbitration of International Disputes is a course provided by The Universiteit Leiden in The Netherlands.

This course explores the major aspects of international arbitration as one of the most common method of international dispute settlement. Students will be able to gain an in-depth understanding of the various facets of international arbitration through the analysis of its role as a mechanism of dispute settlement; its institutions, the fields of law it is applicable to, and, its most famous awards.

The International Law in Action: The Arbitration of International Disputes course, will offer the student an opportunity to gain a better insight into international arbitration, its role and the current issues relating to it. They will be able to explore the topic through concrete examples and the most prominent arbitrations. Students will also grasp the notion of international arbitration navigating between law and politics. International arbitration and The Hague go hand in hand since several key arbitration institutes are located in The Hague and important disputes were settled there through arbitration.

This course is dedicated to anyone who wants to become an expert on international arbitration. It is free to join and to participate in, and there is the chance to get a verified certificate of completion for a small fee. Students who wish to receive this certificate but are unable to pay for it, they can request a financial aid.

Link: https://www.coursera.org/learn/arbitration-international-disputes

International Law In Action: Investigating and Prosecuting International Crimes

The Investigating and Prosecuting International Crimes’ course belongs to Leiden University’s series on International Law in Action. This course will provide the student an insider perspective into the work of international criminal courts and tribunals. You will learn about the investigation and prosecution of international crimes in The Hague.

This course is intended for anyone who wants to learn about international criminal justice, especially whoever wants to gain a better understanding of international criminal cases, like the Lubanga case, the ICC’s first ever trial, and the legal legacy of UN international criminal tribunals.

The student will be able to explore whether and how international criminal justice contribute to what UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon called the ‘age of accountability’. The theory is, those who commit the worst of human crimes, are held accountable, whether they are rank-and-file foot soldiers or military commanders, whether they are lowly civil servants following orders or top political leaders. Students will be able to test how this can be done and if this is realistic.

During the Investigating and Prosecuting International Crimes’ course, students will be offered a depth view of the Hague international criminal courts and tribunals. They will learn how international criminal justice functions, its actors, what outcomes it produces, and how it can be improved.

Taught in English, the total length of this course is 4 weeks. It is totally free to join and take part in, with the opportunity to receive a verified certificate for a small fee.

Link: https://www.coursera.org/learn/international-law-in-action-2

European Business Law: Doing Business in Europe

European Business Law: Doing Business in Europe, is a course provided by the Faculty of Law of Lund University in Sweden. This course aims to provide learners with a sound knowledge base of European laws and regulations relevant to establishing and managing a company within the European Union.

Students will be able to discuss strategic and financial considerations within Company law, as well as Labor law issues such as restructuring enterprises, working conditions and handling crises situations. During the course, students will examine other legal areas such as Tax law, Environmental law and Private International law, and how they tie in to doing business in Europe.

After successfully completing this course, the student will have a basic understanding of how to understand the relevant regulations governing the internal European Union market, establish and run a company within the European Union as well as employ staff and recognize workers’ rights and obligations and successfully analyze EU case law and draft case reports.

This course is dedicated to persons both inside and outside the European Union, whether they are students, professionals, or simply interested in the European Union Business Law. It is ideal for entrepreneurs who plan to work or do business in a European context and want to sharpen their competitiveness. For lawyers it is an excellent course to take in order to refresh European Union law or to gain an understanding of law in the context of European business. Those preparing for a legal career will also benefit from the course as it gives a good understanding of European Union law while including lectures by leading academics and practitioners in the field.

Although prior knowledge of law and the European Union is an advantage, it is not a prerequisite to join. The total length of this course is 6 weeks and students should commit 10 to 15 hours per week.

Link: https://www.coursera.org/learn/eu-law-doing-business

International Climate Change Law and Policy

The International Climate Change Law and Policy course is offered by The University of Newcastle in Australia, which is currently ranked in the top three per center of universities globally by both the Times Higher Education and QS world rankings of universities.

Students who enroll in this course, will be able to learn about the evolution and architecture of international law and policy to combat climate change and take a close look at the 2015 Paris Agreement (UNFCCC) from both a legal and economic perspective. Additionally, they will learn to critically assess Environmental Economics theory and its application to climate change policy, including the use of market-based policy approaches such as environmental taxes and emissions trading.

After successfully completing this course, the student will be able to understand the legal principles, rules and institutions of the international climate change regime; explain how markets functions and fail by applying the Theory of Externalities; compare and contrast Taxes and Cap-and-Trade and also demonstrate intercultural awareness and sensitivity to the social and economic perspectives of other nations.

This course will discuss a range of controversial debates, reflecting the highly politicized nature of International Climate Change Law. There are no prerequisites to join this course, however, it is of particular interest to professionals in environmental and resources sectors, public policy, government sector, non-government sector and private sector (e.g. sustainability consulting).

The course is completely taught in English and the average length is 4 weeks with a commitment of 2 to 3 hours per week.

Link: https://www.edx.org/course/international-climate-change-law-and-policy

Protecting Health Data in the Modern Age: Getting to Grips with the General Data Protection Regulation

Protecting Health Data in the Modern Age: Getting to Grips with the General Data Protection Regulation is a course developed by The University of Groningen, a research university with a global outlook, deeply rooted in Groningen, in the north of the Netherlands.

This course will explore the protection of health data in light of the GDPR. Students who enroll in this course will be able to learn about rights, obligations, risks, safeguards and many other related aspects. By exploring the changing data protection landscape, students will improve their awareness of how to protect health data in an evolving digital and technical world. During this course, the topics covered will be: Privacy, data protection and medical confidentiality; health data; legal considerations; rights and obligations; risks and safeguards; modern technologies; cross-border aspects and medical research.

The course’s main objective is to provide a better understanding on how health data is protected. After the successful completion of this course, the learner will be able to: Identify legal terminology and the legal obligations regarding health data; identify risks involved in processing health data; identify the rights of data subjects regarding health data; explore the impact of the legal framework on new technologies used in healthcare, and investigate the possibilities of using health data for research purposes.

This course is intended for anyone who is interested in the legal framework concerning health data. There are no requirements or expected previous knowledge required to follow this course successfully. The average length of this course is 2 weeks, with a commitment of 3 hours per week. It is free of charge with the opportunity to purchase a Certificate of Achievement to prove the student’s success when eligible.

Link: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/protecting-health-data

A Law Student’s Toolkit

The Law Student’s Toolkit course is provided by Yale University, based in New Haven, Connecticut. Yale University has inspired the minds that inspire the world for more than 300 years. Yale brings people and idea together for positive impact around the globe. A research university that focuses on students and encourages learning as an essential way of life, Yale is a place for connection, creativity, and innovation among cultures and across disciplines.

This course is dedicated to every advanced law student looking to review the basics, or an aspiring law student looking for head start. Students will be able to build the foundation they will need to succeed in law school and beyond. This course will introduce them to terminology, concepts, and tools lawyers and legal academics use to make their arguments. It will help students follow these arguments and make arguments of their own.

During this 3-week course, topics such as legal structures, evidentiary tools and preparation tools will be covered. After completing the course, the student will be prepared for paralegal training and will be able to put in practice the knowledge acquired in real life situations.

The Law Student’s Toolkit course consists of a series of short lectures and assignments. Although the lessons may cross-reference each other, they are modular in nature: students should feel free to approach them in whatever order fits their schedule, interests and needs.

It’s suggested to commit 5 to 7 hours per week to successfully complete the course. Taught in English, with subtitles in French, this course is free of charge with the opportunity to earn an official recognition for a small fee.

Link: https://www.coursera.org/learn/law-student

An Introduction to American Law

The Introduction to American Law is an online course provided by the University of Pennsylvania (commonly referred to as Penn), located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This is a private university and it’s the fourth-oldest institutions of higher education in the United States, and considers itself to be the first university in the United States with both undergraduate and graduate studies.

Students who enroll to this course will receive a glimpse into six different areas of American law: Tort Law, Contract Law, Property Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law and Civil Procedure. Students will gain insight into the complexities and dilemmas that arise from the application of law in different settings, and what is distinctive about American approaches.

This course is free of charge, with the opportunity to pursue a Verified Certificate for a low fee. Once the student enrolls for a Certificate, he or she will have access to all videos, quizzes, and programming assignments (if applicable). Peer review assignments can only be submitted and reviewed once the session has begun. If the student chooses to explore the course without purchasing the Certificate, he or she may not be able to access certain assignments.

During this course, students will be able to explore law’s goals through historic, hypothetical and real cases. Taught one hundred percent in English, the total length of this course is 7 weeks with a suggested commitment of one hour per week. The student will be responsible to pass all graded assignments in order to successfully complete the course.

Link: https://www.coursera.org/learn/american-law

Introduction to Environmental Law and Policy

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, United State’s first public university, has developed the Environmental Law and Policy course. This University is known around the world for innovative teaching and research. Regularly ranked as the nation’s best value for academic quality, the University of North Carolina has produced the most Rhodes Scholars for the past 25 years among U.S. public research universities.

This course provides a tour through existing legal regimes governing pollution, water law, endangered species, toxic substances, environmental impact analyses, and environmental risk. Environmental law may be the one institution standing between planetary exhaustion and us. It is also an institution that needs to be reconciled with human liberty and economic aspirations. Such issues will be deeply considered during this course.

The Introduction to Environmental Law and Policy course does not require any previous knowledge of the law or legal experience. It will begin by teaching students how to “read” cases, to learn from judicial opinions in real-life disputes how judges articulate and apply legal principles.

Students will be able to discover the legal aspects of environmental protection and gain critical insight into the workings of environmental law and policy, understanding how governments and governance of environmental issues work. This course will focus on the law of nuisance, starting with cases involving simple disputes between neighbors, and the move to cases involving air and water pollution.

The average length of this course is 6 weeks, with a suggested commitment of 4 to 6 hours per week. In order to successfully complete this course, students will need to pass all graded assignments.

Link: https://www.coursera.org/learn/environmental-law

English Common Law: Structure and Principles

The University of London, global leader in distance and flexible study, has created and is currently offering the English Common Law: Structure and Principles online course. This federal university is known for being the first one in the United Kingdom in admitting women and also for having Nobel Prize winners among its alumni.

The Common Law of England and Wales is one of the major global legal traditions. Students who enroll to this course will deal with its history and the development of its characteristic institutions like the jury, judge made law, parliamentary sovereignty and due process. Additionally, critical questions will be asked such as: What role does democracy play in the development of the common law? To what extent are human rights central to the modern common law? How does the common law of England and Wales relate to the law of the European Union? Answering these questions will give students insights into the current challenges the law faces and its possible future.

This course is intended for people seeking to understand how the common law develops and operates. After successfully completing this course, students will be able to expand their horizons to understand the basic principles and structure of common law as practiced in England and Wales. Furthermore, they will learn a good deal of various legal operations through acts, judgments and case law. Students will gain knowledge about common law as practiced today and about its historical roots.

Taught in English, this course is free of charge with the possibility to obtain a Verified Certificate for a small fee. In order to successfully complete this course, the student should pass all graded assignments.

Link: https://www.coursera.org/learn/common-law

Constitutional Struggles in the Muslim World

The University of Copenhagen, in Denmark, is currently providing the Constitutional Struggles in the Muslim World course. The purpose of the University is to conduct research and provide education to the highest academic level. This is one of the top research institutions in Europe.

This course is a survey of the constitutional ideas and institutions that have developed since the mid 19th century throughout predominantly Muslim countries, but its focus will lie on the actors that have dominated this discourse and shaped its outcomes. The course will focus on the legal and political developments of the 20th and 21st centuries.

The Constitutional Struggles in the Muslim World course is dedicated to those who want to lean what motivates the restive Muslim youth from Tunis to Tehran, what political positions Islamists from Mali to Chechnya are fighting for, where the seeming obsession with Islamic law comes from and whether it makes sense to speak of an Islamic state.

Three common themes will characterize this course: The study of the legal and social reality and highlight where it is at odds with dogmatic stipulations be they religious or constitutional; Illustrate the practical tensions posed by limited administrative capabilities and political legitimacy that resulted from the incomplete reception of modern bureaucratic statehood; Examine how popular dissatisfaction with the practical performance of Muslim government has fuelled demands for greater accountability under the guise of cultural authenticity.

This course aims to equip participants to better understand Muslim contemporary discourse about the res publica, better contextualize the demands for religious law in public life, and to better ascertain the theoretical and practical feasibility of postulated religious alternatives to the still-dominant secular model of governance.

Taught in English with subtitles either in Spanish, Arabic or French, the total length of this course is 10 weeks with a suggested commitment of 8 to 12 hours per week.

Link: https://www.coursera.org/learn/muslim-world

Maritime Law: an Introduction to Shipping Transactions

The Maritime Law: an Introduction to Shipping Transactions course is developed by The Law Society of Scotland, Addleshaw Goddard and the UK Chamber of Shipping. It will look below the water line at the unseen legal and transactional structures behind the shipping industry.
Students who enroll to this free online course will be able to develop an understanding of how the merchant fleets of the world are bought, sold and securitized – and how international conventions regulate ships wherever they are registered.
During this process, the student will examine the process of acquiring and financing of new vessels and secondary market tonnage: from the various perspectives of a buyer, a seller, a ship-builder and a bank. The student will explore the concept of flags of convenience and modern practice of ship registration.
By the end of the course, the student will be able to compare the benefits of registering a ship in different registered globally, investigate the legal structures and techniques involved in ship registration, and evaluate the contractual approaches involved in shipping transactions.
There are no special requirements for this course. This is an introductory course and is open to everyone who has an interest in developing their understanding or maritime law. It may be of particular interest to anyone with an interest in global trade; anyone working in the maritime industry (or working in sectors that support the maritime industry) and law students and lawyers considering careers in maritime law.
The total duration of this course is 4 weeks, with a suggested commitment of 3 hours per week. This course is free to join, with the possibility to obtain a verified certificate for a small amount.

Link: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/maritime-law#section-requirements