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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, 10 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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Murat Can

2/10 starsCompleted
1 month, 2 weeks ago
The content was very inspiring for me. I have learned a lot i must admit. However the focus on this course is more how to trick and confuse students in the various weekly tests. Its a shame really and i am disappointed. Université catholique de Louvain is teaching about justice but ironically the tests are not really fair. to many TRICK questions on exams that are totally not needed for this course. We are here to learn and to use the knowledge we got in real life and situations. By asking extremely difficult questions in such a short time, the university prevents students from getting the certificate and prevent the students to fulfill their dreams.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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1 month, 2 weeks ago
This course was very well structured and delivered. Professor Pierre d'Argent was extremely articulate, precise and was able to make difficult concepts and legal distinctions immediately accessible and understandable. Through these few weeks of teaching, he has stimulated in me a deep interest in international law which I am sure will remain with me for life. I cannot thank the Professor, UCL and edx.org for bringing the course online so that people all over the world can access the profound knowledge and insight that Professor Pierre d'Argent has on the subject, and benefit from it.
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1 month, 2 weeks ago
Thanks to the course instructor and every other person involved in creating this program. I enjoyed the study and have learned a lot. Many things I would need to still have to relearn. In any case, I really needed this course to help me grow and develop my knowledge and materials on the course. Kind regards.
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Nauman Nadeem

10/10 starsCompleted
1 month, 3 weeks ago
Excellent. Content was basic but thorough and it increased my knowledge a lot. It was not easy but challenging and activities were engaging. Reading material was very good. I enjoyed every bit of it. But at times I was frustrated due to the absurd language (phrasing) used in question. And essay deadline should have been with end of course. Instructor was very good his delivery of lecture was clear. It was honour to get taught by such a qualified instructor. Edx website was simple and easy to access course. I hope more courses would be offered from Harvard, Cambridge and other prestigious universities in future. And I hope that more universities will offer their International Law courses online as I found only University of Louvain doing that. Overall it was a great experience and I hope to pick more courses in future as well. Thank you for offering this course.
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Roel Tari

10/10 starsCompleted
1 month, 3 weeks ago
The course was very intensive and useful in dealing with issues relating to international law. It is challenging to learn new concepts and principles of customary international law at first but through the course I was really satisfied, the content fits well and the instructor simplified the concepts in such a way for participants to understand. I would like to acknowledge everyone for knowledge sharing and exchanges throughout this course not forgetting the provider of the course for providing this very useful learning platform.
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Arthur Amadi

8/10 starsCompleted
1 month, 3 weeks ago
A good course to challenge the mind to go its length in thinking critically with an intellectual tutor sponsoring its guidance. Its not too easy for everyone but a little easier for law students and holders. Its entails devout attention. despite its difficuties due to its exam structure and the complex nature of the issues involved. It really helped the mind assuage what they already know prior, in the prof teachings.
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2/10 starsCompleted
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1 month, 3 weeks ago
iTS A BADLY DESIGNED COURSE FOR ITS INTWNDED PURPOSE AS AN INTRODUCTION, AND IS BASED ON PRIOR KNOWLEDGE, I DO NOT RECIMMEND FOR YOUNG BEGINNERS, ITS A PATHTIC COURSE DESPITE THE EXPERRT INSTRUCTOR. WHO HAS MORE KNOWLEDGE AS TO THE FLOW OF DISCUSSION THAN THE COURSE DESIGNER WHO HAS ATTEMPTED TO ENCAPSULTE TOO MUCH INFO IN TOO SHORT A TIME WITH IRREGULAR AND BULKY ASSESSMENTS. I WAS REALLY DISAPPOINTED WITH THE COURSE GIVEN THE FEES.
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Muhammad Abdul Basit

10/10 starsCompleted
2 months ago
I have an engineering background. I took this course because I wanted to develop basic understanding of international law and I am truly satisfied with the course. The professor has an ocean of knowledge. Quizzes/Exam give a bit of tough time but the course ends up developing sound understanding of basic international law in the student.
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2 months ago
The course had a lot of valuable information for an introductory level and great examples of each concept and principle. The only disappointment is the wording in the exams, both the multiple choice and exam questions. It is not always clear what is being asked and with some multiple choice questions, two answers are the same bit with different wording.
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Edgard Resende

10/10 starsCompleted
2 months ago
Everything was great in this course. Besides the material (videos, texts) the instructor also estimulates us to think critically on the given subjects.
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8/10 starsCompleted
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2 months, 1 week ago
The course is more challenging than an ordinary online course normally is. Most advisable for students of law and those deeply interested in Public International Law. I have learnt a lot.
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Manuel Zelaya

10/10 starsCompleted
2 months, 1 week ago
I found it excellent. Is it challenging? Yeah, it really is. But that's because its subject is challenging: IPL is a very long subject, and let me tell you that this is an introductory course only, as some matters are treated shortly (but greatly summed up). The instructor is one of the greatest in the subject, so it's a total privilege to 'attend' one of his classes. If you like IPL, you'll definitely learn a lot from this course.
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Rafaela lima

10/10 starsCompleted
2 months, 2 weeks ago
Perfect course! I am definitely liked this course, is big and hard working but very good for understand more about internacional law, I will recommend for my friends.
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8/10 starsCompleted
2 months, 4 weeks ago
The course is interesting and the professor is an expert scholar in the field. However, it is in contrary to the fundamental purpose of education and learning in this century specially when it comes to exams, essay corrections and grading. Some teaching assistants lack relativity, flexibility and a prior experience in grading and evaluation. They also don't consider whether you come from law or non law background through out their evaluation. The course also lacked any case studies along the curriculum and all of a sudden you will be thrown into cold water to find yourself sinking in the final exam's essay. MCQs are also very hard with minor differences between choices.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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3 months, 2 weeks ago
I found the course to be thoroughly enjoyable and informative. Although international law in general has many critics, this course helps you see and understand how international law impacts everyday life and state relations. It provides a real introduction to the subject and it makes me feel prepared and excited to take the other courses in this series. The professor was enthusiastic and taught the course well, providing emphasis where needed. The MOOC's support staff were very attentive and helpful in the forums. My main criticism, like many others', lays in the quizzes. Some questions were just too specific or focused on a minutia of detail to get the question right. While I learned to generally appreciate this as you'll found out that law often relies on a similar level of detail to determine discrepancies, decide jurisdiction, or determine court cases, there were a few too many questions where this minutia would cause stron... I found the course to be thoroughly enjoyable and informative. Although international law in general has many critics, this course helps you see and understand how international law impacts everyday life and state relations. It provides a real introduction to the subject and it makes me feel prepared and excited to take the other courses in this series. The professor was enthusiastic and taught the course well, providing emphasis where needed. The MOOC's support staff were very attentive and helpful in the forums. My main criticism, like many others', lays in the quizzes. Some questions were just too specific or focused on a minutia of detail to get the question right. While I learned to generally appreciate this as you'll found out that law often relies on a similar level of detail to determine discrepancies, decide jurisdiction, or determine court cases, there were a few too many questions where this minutia would cause strong frustration especially considering quizzes are only seven questions each.
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Eduardo Calvo

10/10 starsCompleted
3 months, 3 weeks ago
An excellent course which provides with the needed knowledge for being updated in the content and evolution of international law and for refreshing concepts learned, in my case, so long ago at university. Professional needs encouraged me to take the course and changed my perceptions in certain international legal aspects related with my every day practice linked with construction, public works and public services contracts and foreign investments in several sectors. The professor was outstanding. He was very didactic and explanations were clear. The material is unvaluable and, to me, fascinating. I expended long hours reading it.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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1 year, 2 months 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
1 year, 3 months 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
1 year, 4 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, 4 months 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, 6 months 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, 8 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, 9 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, 11 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
2 years 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
2 years, 1 month 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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2 years, 1 month 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
2 years, 1 month 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
2 years, 1 month 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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