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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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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 10 months ago
While there was a large body of material to cover, it was well designed although fast paced. The lecture and course materials were very helpful. However, there was some language confusion as a word may have different meaning in various countries. It would have been easier to follow each discussion topic helpful if students followed instructions for discussion thread, I highly recommend this course. I will definitely enroll in international law follow up courses. I thank the dedication of the professor and the staff. Very much appreciate your knowledge and dedication.
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 10 months ago
Thousands of thanks to Prof. Pierre d’Argent and course team. You worked hard in order to make the course more understandable for us. It was very useful. I believe that course students did their best. Lectures and reading materials were clear. Prof. Pierre d’Argent spent his valuable time to lectures and Live Q&A in order to illuminate us in International Law. Thank you once again
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Pierre Hough

10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 10 months ago
Outstanding both in content and transfer of learning. Congratulations to everyone on the team that made this learning journey possible.
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5 years, 11 months ago
Awesome course, but prepared to put a whole lot of work into it. It is not an easy course. But if you put the effort in you will get through it. It is a very useful course for understanding the broad scope of international law, and it is given by one of the best experts in the field - that alone is worth it.
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10/10 starsTaking Now
5 years, 11 months ago
Learning with Mr Pierre d'Argent was a pleasure. Thanks for everything and for the time you took to make this course on point :)
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Alice Biclea

7/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 11 months ago
It is an interesting course. I recommend it to anyone who wants to have a better understanding of basic concepts in International Law. Although the course begins lightly it gets complicated fast. Sometimes it might seem like a bit too much, but I promise you it is worth it in the long run. I suggest dividing the larger weeks and doing them in 2 or 3 sittings. Best regards,
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6/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 11 months ago
It is an interesting course. I recommend it for every one who wants to have a better understanding of basic concepts in International Law. Although the course begins lightly it gets complicated fast. Sometimes it might seem like a bit too much, but I promise you it is worth it in the long run. I suggest dividing the larger weeks and doing them in 2 or 3 sittings. Best regards,
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ishola daniel

10/10 starsTaking Now
6 years, 1 month ago
International law Pierre d'Argent i think the course is a very good one. It enlightens an individual about the international community and also helps in keeping peace and order in the international system.
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Arundathie Abeysinghe

10/10 starsTaking Now
6 years ago
I have a Postgraduate Diploma in International Relations and I studied International Law as one of the subjects. So, when I read the Introductory notes it was easy for me to follow. But, I learnt a lot from those notes and they were very useful for me.
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6/10 starsTaking Now
6 years, 1 month ago
This being my first online course has been an enlightening and most educative one thus far. I am still in week one of the course but i am really excited for the next week to begin.
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10/10 starsTaking Now
6 years, 1 month ago
IT WAS REALLY REFRESHING FOR ME..!!! I WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS COURSE ..I HAVE FINISHED A LONG TIME AGO FROM BALKAN STUDIES DEPARTMENT IN GREECE AND WANTED TO REFRESH MY MEMORY..I ENJOYED THE FIRST WEEK COURSE AND I AM SURE I WILL ENJOY THE REST OF IT.GOOD LUCK TO EVERYBODY..INTERNATIONAL LAW HELPS US UNDERSTAND THE REST OF THE WORLD
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10/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 2 months ago
Simply superb. All the effort is worth it when it comes to this course. Extremely good material, excellent professor and an overall quality that stands up from thousands of other courses. I took this course as a senior high school student -> sophomore engineering one, and with little to no experience in law I can assure you that taking this course might give you new perspectives and definitely teach you valuable lessons. I now feel a new passion for international law and legal studies, and most important of all, I now see the world and its institutions a little bit different.
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10/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 2 months ago
The perfect combination of a supremely knowledgeable instructor, a committed course team and a noble mission. Hands down the best course I have taken (saying so as a sustainability engineer). Featured web hangouts with world known experts, an overwhelming but very rewarding quantity of readings and exercises and primary sources that made the learning experience unique. Demanding, engaging and with a very high quality material-wise.
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6 years, 2 months ago
This was an excellent, challenging course that is a great complementary programme to the university's international human rights course also offered on EDX. It is intense but motivated me to do extra reading. I am rereading the material and applying it in my work. I must commend the professor, his staff and invited guest speakers for their effort and patience, dealing with such a diverse international audience. How about "update" courses Prof?!
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J Prevost

10/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 3 months ago
The quality of the pedagogy was superb. I humbly commend Professor d'Argent for the quality of the content, the passion of profession informing that quality, and -- to be quite frank -- the boldness of presenting to the native-English-speaking layperson his wealth of knowledge via an 8-week INTENSE course in a non-native tongue. Wow. Well done, Sir. This was a 1st edition of the course, and yet it was a superior experience. I'm sure the 2nd edition will improve on the program's existing strengths. Professor d'Argent and the staff are friendly and responsive, and the platform is quite easy to navigate. From a student's perspective, I was most heartily engaged with the theoretical content. This, of course, could result from a personal predilection or disposition of mind. Specifically, the conceptual bases of the existence of IL and of the reach of its role and, if I may, the permissibility of it in the global forum, pique my interest m... The quality of the pedagogy was superb. I humbly commend Professor d'Argent for the quality of the content, the passion of profession informing that quality, and -- to be quite frank -- the boldness of presenting to the native-English-speaking layperson his wealth of knowledge via an 8-week INTENSE course in a non-native tongue. Wow. Well done, Sir. This was a 1st edition of the course, and yet it was a superior experience. I'm sure the 2nd edition will improve on the program's existing strengths. Professor d'Argent and the staff are friendly and responsive, and the platform is quite easy to navigate. From a student's perspective, I was most heartily engaged with the theoretical content. This, of course, could result from a personal predilection or disposition of mind. Specifically, the conceptual bases of the existence of IL and of the reach of its role and, if I may, the permissibility of it in the global forum, pique my interest most. Now, when I read the news, I will read with a more informed and critical mind. Now, when I vote, I will do so with a more robust understanding of the international implications of the potential policy decisions of prospective leaders. That's an asset, and thank you. All in all, an amazing experience. I will be sure to follow Louvain and Professor d'Argent on edX and other MOOC platforms. Many thanks for an enriching experience, and my sincere compliments to the team.
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10/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 3 months ago
Challenging, excellent course with a very competent and highly skilled Professor, able to make tricky and difficult terms easily or more easily understood even from people with little or no background in the subject matter. A bit over the intermediate level probably, my personal opinion. Thank you for offering us the opportunity to learn via an easily accessible platform, and looking forward for more law courses on any field of law from the same team!
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9/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 3 months ago
This course is excellent in terms of content and instructor. Learning about real legal cases make it real and fun. I have a few technical remarks but i hope they will be ridden off in next run of the course. One must note that legal language is hard and non-native speakers may have troubles throughout the course.
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Emile Martinot

10/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 3 months ago
Content is very interesting, and very applicable to current affairs. The scope is necessarily limited but I was happy with what it covered, there is always the option to look into topics further on your own. I found the Prof very clear, sometimes too clear and I often played the videos at 1.25x normal speed to keep it moving along. The guy knows what he's on about and is clearly interested in the topic himself, and that is contagious, in a good way. I agree with the course description that it is an intermediate course, though if english isn't your first language or its been a while since you had to do much in the way of studying I can see how it might be considered advanced.
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Viacheslav Landakov

10/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 3 months ago
This course has impressed me a lot. Sometimes it's pretty dry, but eventually proves its worth. I want to add, that, judging by the difficulty of the course, its level should be marked as advanced.
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10/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 3 months ago
I can only say this course is excellent! Professor Pierre d'Argent is highly knowledgeable about the field of International Law and yet he has managed to design the course to accessible to laymen. It is true, however, that students without a legal background have to put in a significant amount of work, and it will be highly challenging to those whose first language is not English.
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10/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 3 months ago
I had taken another course for edx platform ( 6- 4 completed), and I considred that is was the best so far. it is not easier course, International law is a very toungh subject and it has some difficult concept, the professor is excellent in my point of view, the weekly exam burn my brain for moments, but is obviously you have all the material of course available when you makes it. thanks to the professor and the other staff members. Respects from Colombia
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10/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 3 months ago
THANKS TO PROFESSOR PIERRE DE'ARGENT, LOUVAIN UNIVERSITY AND EDX for this great course. I am motivated to survey deeply and try to apply it to my country's reality. I hope someday sing up for the full course at the University of Louvain. Greetings!
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George Hashaka

10/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 3 months ago
I am very privileged to have had the opportunity to undertake this interesting course on International Law. As the Founder Executive Chairman of Uganda Peace Foundation, an organization I established in Uganda after retiring from the National Resistance (NRA) in 1994 to prevent conflicts/insecurity in Uganda and the entire world by addressing the root causes, I have learnt much from this course that will enahance my knowledge to realise my dream. My most appreciation to Professor Pierre d'Argent, the entire team and all partners that have made the successful completion of the course possible.
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8/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 4 months ago
Very informative. If you are looking to be educated about the subject matter this is the place. If you want a very bland overview, look elsewhere. The professor and staff are first rate. Be prepared to spend time really studying, not just reading the material, but thinking.
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9/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 4 months ago
Taking this course was a great and rewarding learning experience. The range of examples and the course material provided for a structured and gradual approach. Looking forward for the next classes!
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10/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 4 months ago
Thank you Prof. Pierre d'Argent for this absorbing course. Enjoyed it very much. It was tough in parts, frustrating in parts but thoroughly thought provoking and useful.
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10/10 starsTaking Now
6 years, 4 months ago
Wiow! The best edX course I had the pleasure taking so far. The material is most interesting, very nicely presented and flows throughout in a very logical way. My great compliment and appreciation to Professor d'Argent - his calm, precise and detailed explanation made the complex topic understandable to me as a layperson. He is a role model explainer! Beware, though, there is quite a lot of exciting work ahead :-)
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10/10 starsTaking Now
6 years, 4 months ago
I am very impressed by this course and especially the course material. It has enhanced my skills in the field and i am gaining too much knowledge. I really liked the quizzes because they help you to understand better and after completing them you feel confident.
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8/10 starsDropped
6 years, 4 months ago
Note, this is an INTERMEDIATE course. Very difficult for those whos first language isn't English, and those without much knowledge of legal terms. Can't critique the professor or content of the course, it was very well done, however it is very hard, the language used is of a high level and the questions on quizzes are very tricky wordplays.
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10/10 starsTaking Now
6 years, 5 months ago
I am thrilled by the fact the course is organized in high regard. The professor has made my learning to this course much easier, exciting and fun and above all user friendly. I cannot wait to complete the course.
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