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International law can be considered as the law of the international community, the law that governs relations between States. But it also relates to what international organizations do and, increasingly, it concerns individuals, corporations, NGO’s and other non-state actors.

As the world becomes more interdependent and more complex, and as new institutions are put in place to make international law more effective, international law has become an exciting, expanding field. Never before has it been so relied upon, used and developed. Despite their differences in size, power, culture, religion and ideologies, states rely on international law to cooperate and to coexist; they speak the language of international law and international law serves them as an important common language.

This law course will extensively rely on judgments and advisory opinions of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), which is the principal judicial or...

International law can be considered as the law of the international community, the law that governs relations between States. But it also relates to what international organizations do and, increasingly, it concerns individuals, corporations, NGO’s and other non-state actors.

As the world becomes more interdependent and more complex, and as new institutions are put in place to make international law more effective, international law has become an exciting, expanding field. Never before has it been so relied upon, used and developed. Despite their differences in size, power, culture, religion and ideologies, states rely on international law to cooperate and to coexist; they speak the language of international law and international law serves them as an important common language.

This law course will extensively 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’ll find it easier to comprehend this subject in future international law sub-fields, like international human rights, international humanitarian law or international investment law.

This course will teach you what international law is, the role it plays in the world today, how it can be used. You will also gain knowledge to help you better discern legal arguments within the flow of international news and reports.

This course is part of the International Law MicroMasters Program that is designed to give learners a critical understanding of how international relations between States and individuals are dealt with, regarding the law.

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Christos Kreouzis

8/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 5 months ago
The course was very interesting, the instructor really keen to help and support. However there are no credits in the course of attendance (the credits are only in the weekly and final exams) which in combination of the size of material to be studied and understood, makes the course truly challenging. Also in the multiple choices, the options are drafted to have such a similar meaning amongst each other which is an additional unnecessary challenge the students have to deal with, as ultimately the intention is the understanding of the spirit of international law instead of looking to distinguish the right answer from a very small and minor detail that might make an answer right or wrong. This is contrary to the fundamental purpose of education
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9 months, 2 weeks ago
This course has been a great experience for me. It has remembered and updated the knowledge I got many years ago. For personal reasons my way changed and new roads had to be taken. I want to congratulate to our Profesor Pierre D'Argent. He did an astonishing course, I encourage people interesting in foreign affairs to take this course.
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George White

2/10 starsCompleted
10 months, 2 weeks ago
This is a joke. This course is a manipulation of what really happens in the real world. It´s fantasy. I prefer another kind of anipulation. Donald Duck, for example.
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Alison Stables

10/10 starsCompleted
12 months ago
Excellent course. High level and needs a lot of concentrated effort. If you want to complete successfully then the time you need is much longer than the suggested.
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Olamilekan Adebanjo

8/10 starsCompleted
1 year ago
The course content was very comprehensive. I believe the instructor did the very best to avoid technicalities that could have rendered the course vague. The materials provided were also helpful for in depth study and understanding.
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1 year, 1 month ago
excelente metodología de enseñanza de este tema interesante, y estaré al pendiente de cualquier aporte de nuestros compañeros que visualizan la cátedra del doctor
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MJ ZCH

10/10 starsCompleted
1 year, 3 months ago
I found the course extremely interesting, giving what I must assume are the basics of international law. The examples help understand the notions and theory. For what I wanted (exposure to this specific topic), it was great.
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Watze de Wolf

10/10 starsCompleted
1 year, 4 months ago
The course was an extremely interesting, challenging and inspiring introduction into international law. I've spend more than required time on it because many additional (but not obligatory) resources are offered through links and articles, which help to widen ones perspective on the issues even further. The instructor and assistants were keen to provide help and support when certain aspects were more difficult to immediately understand. The multiple choice tests were much more tough than I had expected, and trained me further in careful reading and analysing the question and answers. Overall, I'm really looking forward to continue with the other courses of the mini Masters.
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Aline H

10/10 starsCompleted
1 year, 6 months ago
An awesome, comprehensive course on International Law. Pierre d'Argent is a really good instructor, full of enthusiasm for his field. I recommend it to exeryone interested in Law!
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Paul Smith

10/10 starsCompleted
1 year, 7 months ago
The course is very interesting and insightfulThe course was very interesting, the instructor really keen to help and support. However there are no credits in the course of attendance (the credits are only in the weekly and final exams) which in combination of the size of material to be studied and understood, makes the course truly challenging.
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Jesus Bianco

2/10 starsCompleted
1 year, 9 months ago
A very mediocre farce taught by a mediocre staff. The International Law is not a law but a farce of Law. But at least they should recognise this fact. The lessons are incomplete. They tell nothing about the European Union and other important subjects. Brussels is a cancer to Europe, even at academic levels.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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1 year, 9 months ago
The course was very useful and it's really great that the course was available free of charge - I think indirectly such gesture will also bring different nationalities across the globe with better knowledge closer together and also at least indirectly contribute to world peace! There is no doubt the professor is an expert in International Law and was genuinely interested to teach, only a small recommendation to try to maybe increase intonation and emphasize certain points and bring in more points that would make the videos less monotone. Thank you very much to the professor, the university and edx. In response to what I read from other students' feedback, I think the questions weren't tricky at all; I think they were well worded to check whether the students had understood the underlying content and points that were taught.
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Lívia Marina de Moraes

10/10 starsCompleted
1 year, 9 months ago
The course provide you very relevant and useful information. Despite the fact that it is online, the classes are extremely didatic and very well recorded, and the instructor was really keen to help and support all the students.
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Nataly Santana

10/10 starsCompleted
1 year, 9 months ago
This course is simply fantastic. It was so much better than I expected. It may be an introductory course, but it covers most topics quite vastly, leaving you either satisfied with great knowledge or with the right amount of curiosity to keep learning and researching. I especially appreciated the amount of sources used, as lectures make all the difference when they make exact reference to the cases, authors and instruments supporting what's being taught. Prof. D'Argent is probably one of the best professors I've had the pleasure to be taught by. His way of portraying some complex concepts into very easy to understand ideas definitely shows how well experienced he is in the field. Infinite thanks to UCLouvain for making this high quality course available to us. I will definitely be enrolling into the IHRL and IHL ones, too.
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Andrew Burdette

10/10 starsCompleted
1 year, 9 months ago
Undoubtedly Professor Pierre d'Argent is a walking/talking encyclopedia on International Law. It was a well thought-out, interesting and challenging class, but more importantly an eye-opener on the scope and scale of International Law.
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Federica Romaniello

10/10 starsCompleted
1 year, 10 months ago
Course was interesting, but videos were at times too long. The key problem were the multiple choice questions. I studied diligently the course and the extra readings for the verified track, made summaries and was able to articulate using specific vocabulary. However, the phrasing of the questions was often "tricky". I felt having more complexly phrased questions added nothing to the learning experience - if anything it was a bit demotivating. All in all, good course, learnt a lot and would recommend. Hopefully in the future questions are revised and made more in line with the content and aim of the course.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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1 year, 11 months ago
A very excellent and informative . The lecture is fantastic with a great source of material. Prof. D'Agent motivate me an enthusiasm in this subject. The only thing that I do not satisfy such as all question parts are self-answer by the leaners and some are not duly answered.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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1 year, 11 months ago
Excellent, excellent, excellent! Though not for the weak of hearts for sure. This is international law and therefore one has to pay real close attention to nuance and minutiae to discern and understand and answer questions correctly. It is a part of a credit-eligible MicroMasters and the level of rigor is more than an average MOOC by a degree of magnitude, which makes sense and makes it even more satisfying.
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James Falgout

4/10 starsTaking Now
1 year, 11 months ago
Way too many TRICK questions on exams that are totally not needed for this course. However, over all the course was good. But bad marks for the TRICK QUESTIONS. Really disappointed in the way the exams questions were produced.
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2 years, 1 month ago
This course was taught by a very good professor, with excellent abilities to teach and a very wide knowledge of practice (cases, opinions, covenants, professionals, etc). I believe that the greatest asset of the course was, for sure, his ability to teach us how to read international law, that is, taught us how to begin reading a document, which words we should pay attention to, what do they mean and where does it stand on the theory we had learned. This was a completely new approach to me, and I know that, if you put enough effort to it, or if you already have a knowledge of international law and follow thoroughly the videos and also the directed readings selected for the course, you will love the outcome.
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Lemlem Fiseha

10/10 starsTaking Now
2 years, 1 month ago
i have forwarded the course information to several non lawyers that work in the filed of international relations. Immensely grateful for the very resourceful professor!
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Bob Johnson

10/10 starsTaking Now
2 years, 1 month ago
Very comprehensive course touching on history, the structures of organs, past cases, debates among academia, and abstract concepts of International law. The Professor is very well-qualified and teaches the course in a methodical and logically well-structured manner.
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Bronwin Human

10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 1 month ago
The content is broad and informative, a good introduction to international law. Though, it is hard to understand what is meant sometimes, as the language used can be confusing - I found this to be especially true when taking tests. Other than that, it is a very good course for International Law and I strongly recommend it.
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John Downs

6/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 2 months ago
The questions were sometimes very straightforward (i.e. You can guess them), whilst others were impossible to answer, even after you finished the relevant video/text twice! I think it would be great if Louvain could try to revamp the course with a lot more questions (at the right level). Ideally, videos would last 1-3 minutes, with a question at the end. That way, one's attention wouldn't be likely to stray.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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2 years, 5 months ago
This course was taught by a very good professor, with excellent abilities to teach and a very wide knowledge of practice (cases, opinions, covenants, professionals, etc). I believe that the greatest asset of the course was, for sure, his ability to teach us how to read international law, that is, taught us how to begin reading a document, which words we should pay attention to, what do they mean and where does it stand on the theory we had learned. This was a completely new approach to me, and I know that, if you put enough effort to it, or if you already have a knowledge of international law and follow thoroughly the videos and also the directed readings selected for the course, you will love the outcome. If you love international law, don't hesitate.
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Alain Vandecraen

8/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 6 months ago
Enjoyed the course immensely. Professor Pierre d'Argent is a gifted speaker who explains the subject in a clear and precise manner - it's clear that he has mastered the subject to the detail. The question on the tests can be tricky at times but that does not detract the course. Hope to see more from him and his team!
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2 years, 7 months ago
The only assessments in the course are the midquarter and the final examination. These consists of multiple choice questions which have several answers, which means that the student does not get partial credit if he answers one or some of the correct answers. In addition, the instructions said that there would be an essay in the midquarter and t hat the instructor was going to grade it. Apparently this part of the exam was eliminated so that the instructor did not have to do the work. I am considering dropping the course. Have taken over 25 edX but I think this might be the last. Do not recommend it at all.
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2 years, 8 months ago
The content of the course is satisfactory, but the instructor leaves much to be desired. If he would spend more time teaching the basics, and less time constructing quiz questions designed to trick students, the course would be much more worthwhile.
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David Blake

10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 9 months ago
This was a very engaging course, and - although it was telling that English was not his first language - the instructor was very good and knew a lot about his subject. I found the interface a bit clunky at times, and feel it could be improved, particularly regarding the forum usage, but that is an issue with edX rather than with UCL.
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8/10 starsCompleted
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2 years, 9 months ago
Professor Pierre d'Argent is absolutely fantastic, he devotes his time in answering questions during webinars, and ensures his students are up to speed. EdX must set him up for the same course or another, as learners will be able to gain a lot from his patience and years of expertise. This MOOC won't be the same without him !
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