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Study International Law – A short guide

Bachelors

Bachelor of Laws degree in international law (University Nottingham Trent)

Nottingham Trent University in Nottingham, United Kingdom, offers a Bachelor of Laws degree in international law that is accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board as a qualifying degree for a law license. The program lasts for three years and is offered on a full-time basis only. Students have the opportunity to participate in international summer school and study abroad programs. An award-winning mooting team is also housed on the campus. To qualify for admission to the program, students must have a secondary school diploma with grade C coursework in mathematics, science and English.

Bachelor of Laws degree in European and International law (University of Sheffield)

The University of Sheffield, United Kingdom, offers a Bachelor of Laws degree in European and International law that is accredited by the Privy Council. Previously, the school has been named one of the top 10 law schools in the United Kingdom for prospective barristers. The program lasts for 48 months. Students spend the first two years on campus and then study abroad the third year. During the final year, students return to campus to complete their final courses. Qualified applicants will have a high school diploma with previous course work in law, business studies, humanities and social sciences.

Bachelor of Laws degree in Law (University of Strathclyde)

The University of Strathclyde is Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom, offers a Bachelor of Laws degree in Law. During the program, students will have a chance to work at the largest student-run law clinic in Scotland to gain real-world experience. Students will have a chance to take courses in a wide range of fields including Local Government Law, International Private Law, Human Rights Law and Intellectual Property Law. For priority admission, students must have a high school diploma and completed four A levels and one B level. Students with three A levels and four B levels may qualify for admission on a case-by-case basis.

Honors Bachelor of Laws degree in International Law (Coventry University)

Coventry University in Coventry, United Kingdom, offers an Honors Bachelor of Laws degree in International Law. The program is accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board to satisfy the requirements for becoming a barrister in the United Kingdom. Students in the program have the opportunity to study abroad or to apply for work placements to gain real world work experience. The university also has a legal advice clinic staffed by student volunteers and a dedicated mock court room. Qualified applicants will have five GCSEs at grade levels of A to C. Mathematics and English coursework is mandatory for admission.

Bachelor of Laws degree in International Law (University of Hull)

The University of Hull, United Kingdom, offers a Bachelor of Laws degree in International Law. During the three-year program, students will have the chance to earn course credit working in the university’s law clinic or to study abroad at partner universities in Europe. The university also has a mock trial team and a Student Law Journal. All students in the program take classes in Systems of justice, Obligations, Public Law and Criminal Law. Admission to the program is determined by a points system. Applicants receive points for A levels, diplomas, leaving certificates and other qualifications.

Masters

MSc International Law & Security

The School of Social Sciences at the University of Dundee in Scotland, UK, offers a Master of Science degree in International Law and Security. Students in the program spend two semesters taking courses on international security and electives in related fields. Then, students spend one semester composing a dissertation on politics. A bachelor’s degree in international relations or international law is required for admission.

MA in Diplomacy and International Law

The American University of Paris in Paris, France, offers a Master of Arts degree in Diplomacy and International Law. Students spend one year taking courses in a broad range of disciplines, including political science, international relations, economics and law. In addition, students have the opportunity to participate in a humanitarian aid project with the UN.

Master of Social Sciences degree in Politics Law

Åbo Akademi in Abo, Finland, offers a Master of Social Sciences degree in Politics Law. A two-year program, the course prepares students to work for international and non-governmental organizations. Students take courses in public international law and international human rights law plus electives related to their fields of interest. A master’s thesis is also required.

The University of Tartu in Tartu, Estonia, offers a master’s degree in International Law and Human Rights. This two-year program gives students the opportunity to complete a series of courses related to their specific areas of interest and conduct independent research to write a master’s thesis. In addition, all students are required to participate in human rights law practice clinics.

International Law, Diplomacy and International Relations

Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, offers a master’s degree in International Law, Diplomacy and International Relations. Students can typically complete the program in two years with full-time study. All students take introductory modules during their first year and then choose a concentration in international relations and diplomacy or Defense and International Security. A research dissertation is required for both programs.

International Law

South East European University in Tetovo, Macedonia, offers a master’s degree in International Law. The program lasts for two years and is provided on a full-time basis. During the first three semesters, students complete a series of required modules and electives. Then, students spend the fourth semester conducting research and composing a master’s thesis paper.

Master of International Law

The University of Queensland in Australia offers a master’s degree program in International Law that is open both to lawyers and those outside of the legal profession. Students spend 18 months completing the program requirements, which include a series of required and elective course modules plus a research project and master’s thesis.

International Law and the Settlement of Disputes

The University for Peace in Ciudad Colón, Costa Rica, offers a master’s degree in International Law and the Settlement of Disputes. The one-year program consists of three semesters of coursework. Students take courses in national and international courts, international adjudication, territory law, international economic relations, investment arbitration and maritime law.

International Business Law

Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, offers a master’s degree in International Business Law. The program lasts for two years and involves four semesters of study. In addition to completing coursework and a research thesis paper, students have the opportunity to participate in internships with companies and non-governmental organizations headquartered in Abu Dhabi.

PhDs

International Law, Ph.D. (University of Geneva)

The University College Dublin in Dublin, Ireland, offers a doctoral program in European Law and Governance. Students spend 36 months in the program, and the cost is $13,305 USD per year. All students in the program complete a series of courses related to European and International Governance and the Law and Governance of the EU. Students also receive training in research methods. To receive the doctoral degree, students must complete a doctoral thesis based on their own research and defend it in front of a panel. Applicants must have a master’s degree in a related field and be fluent in English.

Law, Ph.D. (Geneva University)

The University of Geneva in Geneva, Switzerland, offers a doctoral degree program in International Law. To complete the program, students will need to devote 48 months to full-time study. The cost of tuition is $8,066 USD per year. All students complete coursework in Anthropology and Sociology of Development, International Economics, Developmental Economics, International History,  International Law, International Relations and Political Science. In addition, students are required to complete independent research that culminates in a doctoral dissertation. Qualified applicants will have a master’s degree in law or a related field and be fluent in either English or French.

International and European Law, Ph.D. (Monash University)

Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, offers a doctoral degree program in law that costs $25,157 USD per year. The program lasts for 36 months and involves a series of courses plus independent research and a Ph.D. thesis. Students are free to pursue research in any of the following areas: Commercial law, Comparative law, Criminal law, Administrative law, eLaw, Family law, Health law, Human Rights law, Environmental law, Equity and Property law, Intellectual Property law, International Trade law, Public Law and Torts. To be considered for admission, students must have a bachelor’s degree and an established history of academic excellence. English fluency is also required.

Human Security and Global Law, Ph.D. (Riga Graduate School of Law)

Riga Graduate School of Law in Riga, Latvia, offers a doctoral degree program in International and European Law. Most doctoral candidates receive either full or partial funding to cover the cost of tuition. Students take courses in legal research methods and design a one-of-a-kind curriculum based on their own interests. The program lasts for 36 months and is intended to be taken on a full-time basis. Admission into the program is highly competitive, particularly for full-funding positions. To be considered, applicants must have a master’s degree in law earned with honors distinction and be able to prove fluency in English.

European Law and Governance, Ph.D. (Autonomous University of Barcelona)

The Autonomous University of Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain, offers a doctoral degree program in Human Security and Global Law. This highly affordable program costs only $641 USD per year and lasts for 36 months. Students have the opportunity to conduct independent research in administrative law, Global integration through the World Trade Organization, public and private security, prevention of domestic violence, prevention of armed violence, protection of the environment and coastal areas, protection of flora and fauna, employment law, occupational risk prevention, financial and tax law, global animal law, the history of social law, human security or human rights. For admissions consideration, students must have a master’s degree in law and an exceptional academic record.

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Asian Development Bank (ADB)

The Asian Development Bank includes 67 member nations from Asia, Europe and North America and is based in Manila, Philippines. As an inter-governmental organization, the institution provides loans to and makes investments in its member countries.

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) was founded to help countries in Central and Eastern Europe make the transition to capitalist, market-based companies. Based in London, United Kingdom, the organization secures co-financing and private investments from the public and private sectors.

European Commission

The European Commission is the executive branch of the European Union and operates out of its headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. Its responsibilities include proposing new legislation, enforcing existing laws and treaties and implementing new policies.

European Union

The European Union (EU) is made up of 27 member countries from across Europe, representing roughly 400 million people. Operating from its headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, the EU establishes legislation and regulations regarding economic, military, social, political and environmental issues.

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

Founded in 1959, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is the primary source of development funding for Latin American and Caribbean countries. The organization is headquartered in Washington, D.C., United States, and employs roughly 2,000 people.

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Since 1957, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has sought to promote the peaceful use of nuclear energy and to curb the development of nuclear weapons. The organization reports to the United Nations General Assembly and is located in Vienna, Austria.

International Fund for Agricultural Development

Established by the United Nations, the International Fund for Agricultural Development provides funding for projects that stimulate development to fight hunger around the world. The organization was founded in 1977 and is based in Rome, Italy.

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is made up of 189 countries and seeks to promote global financial stability and free international trade. Founded in 1945, the international organization is based in Washington, D.C., United States.

International Organization for Migration (IOM)

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) was founded in 1951 to help people displaced by World War II resettle. Today, the organization offers services and advice for governments and refugees regarding migration. The IOM is based in Geneva, Switzerland, and is affiliated with the United Nations.

International Telecommunications Union (ITU)

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is an agency of the United Nations that helps to regulate and oversee international communication and information technologies. Headquarter in Geneva, Switzerland, the agency has offered services and support worldwide since 1865.

Office of the United High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

The Office of the United High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is an agency of the United Nations that protects human rights as outlined by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948. Currently, the organization is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.

World Health Organization (WHO)

Made up of 193 member states, the World Health Organization (WHO) conducts research, provides public health services and responds to medical disasters. The organization is based in Geneva, Switzerland, and was founded in 1928.

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

Since 1967, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has fought to protect the intellectual property rights of individuals, companies, institutions and governments. The United Nations-affiliated organization is based in Geneva, Switzerland.

World Trade Organization

Founded in 1995, the World Trade Organization helps to regulate and promote international trade. The organization is based in Geneva, Switzerland, and employs more than 600 people.

Africa and Middle East Refugee Assistance Legal Aid Project

The Africa and Middle East Refugee Assistance Legal Aid Project in Berkshire, United Kingdom, helps to protect refugees by providing access to administrative and legal services.

American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative

Based in Washington, D.C., United States, the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative supports legal reform around the world to address economic inequality, conflicts and poverty.

American Non-Governmental Organizations Coalition for the ICC

The American Non-Governmental Organizations Coalition for the ICC in New York City, New York, United States, is a coalition of non-governmental organizations that supports the work of the International Criminal Court.

Amnesty International

Amnesty International is a nonprofit organization headquartered in London, England, that fights for human rights around the world.

Center for Constitutional Rights

The Center for Constitutional Rights is a nonprofit group headquartered in New York City that provides legal advocacy on issues related to human rights.

Center for International Environmental Law

The Center for International Environmental Law is a nonprofit law firm that specializes in environmental law, operating out of offices in Geneva, Switzerland, and Washington, D.C., United States.

Center for Justice and Accountability (CJA)

The Center for Justice and Accountability (CJA) seeks to call attention to instances of human rights violation and is based in San Francisco, California.

Center for Reproductive Rights

Based in New York City, New York, United States, the Center for Reproductive Rights is an advocacy group that fights for reproductive freedom and women’s health care rights around the world.

EarthRights International (ERI)

EarthRights International (ERI) provides legal support for cases related to environmental protection and works out of offices in the USA and Southeast Asia.

Earthjustice

Formerly known as the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund, Earthjustice provides funding and support for litigation related to environmental issues. The nonprofit is based in San Francisco, California, United States.

Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW)

Working out of headquarters in Eugene, Oregon, United States, the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide is a nonprofit environmental organization that fights toxic pollution and promotes sustainability efforts.

Environmental Law Institute

The Environmental Law Institute is a nonpartisan nonprofit located in Washington, D.C., that conducts research and provides education on topics related to environmental law.

Global Rights

Global Rights is a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting for human rights all over the world. The group is based in Washington, D.C., and has locations throughout Africa and South America.

Human Rights in China

Human Rights in China is an international organization based in New York City, New York, United States, that is dedicated to furthering human rights in China.

Human Rights First

Previously known as the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, Human Rights First is a US-Based nonprofit that provides legal representation for victims of human rights abuses.

Human Rights Watch (HRW)

Headquartered in New York City, New York, United States, Human Rights Watch (HRW) is a nonprofit organization that researches issues related human rights and provides advocacy.

Immigrant and Refugee Appellate Center

A nonprofit organization, the Immigrant and Refugee Appellate Center provides legal representation to individuals who cannot afford lawyers to assist them with immigration cases.

International City/County Management Association

Based in Washington, D.C., United States, the International City/County Management Association is an association of more than 8,000 city and county government executive managers. The organization provides support for local public servants.

International Commission of Jurists

Located in Geneva, Switzerland, the International Commission of Jurists is a nonprofit organization that fights for human rights around the world.

Courses

International Law in Action: the Arbitration of International Disputes

International Law in Action: the Arbitration of International Disputes is an online course offered by the Universiteit Leiden in the Netherlands. The course is designed as the third course in a three-part series related to International Law in Action; however, the class can be taken as a standalone course. The class is beneficial for anyone interested in international arbitration. Some prior knowledge of international law will be beneficial, but there are no specific educational prerequisites or work experience requirements.

Taught in English through videos and readings, International Law in Action: the Arbitration of International Disputes lasts for four weeks. Students should expect to spend roughly 2 to 3 hours per week viewing the video modules and completing the complementary readings. At the end of each module, students must complete a graded assignment. The course concludes with a graded final exam. Those passing all of the assignments and the final exam will receive a passing grade in the course.

During the first week of the course, students receive tips for success in online classes and then receive an introduction to the history and general principles of international arbitration. The second week focuses on arbitrating issues that occur on the seas and teaches students about the 1982 Law of the Sea Convention. In the third week, students will learn about the arbitration of disputes related to investments. For the final week, the focus is on state immunity and the enforcement and validity of international arbitral decisions. A verified certificate of completion is available for a small fee.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Employers

International Court of Justice

International Court of Justice is the primary judicial arm of the United Nations. The court is located in the Peace Palace, in the Hague, Netherlands. A number of responsibilities are entrusted to the court. First and foremost, the court helps to settle disputes between member nations of the United Nations. Plus, the court issues advisory opinions to various branches and agencies of the United Nations. There are 15 judges on the court panel, and each is appointed for a term of nine years. The court also hires lawyers, clerical and administrative workers to perform its daily tasks.

International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia

International Tribunal for the Prosecution of Persons Responsible for Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law Committed in the Territory of the Former Yugoslavia since 1991 also known as the ICTY was established by the United Nations to hear cases related to the war crimes committed during the Yugoslav Wars that were fought from 1991 to 2001. There are 16 permanent judges on the court. Since the establishment of the justice body, the court has indicted more than 161 people. The final trial of the ICTY was completed on November 22, 2017, and the last appeals were processed by the court on November 29, 2017.

Court of Justice of the European Union

Court of Justice of the European Union or the CJEU is a judiciary body that is based in the Kirchberg district of Luxembourg City, Luxembourg. The purpose of the court is to oversee disputes that arise from European Union law. As a result, the court is responsible for applying and interpreting the law. The court currently has 47 judges, and the number is expected to increase to 56 in 2019. Members of the court review the legal basis for actions taken by institutions of the European Union and ensure that all EU members comply with the terms of treaties.

Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia

The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, also known as the ECCC or the Khmer Rouge Tribunal, is an international court established in 1997. Based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, the purpose of the tribunal is to indict, try and convict the members of the Khmer Rouge Cambodian government for violations of international law and war crimes. The court is broken into a pre-trial chamber, a trial chamber and a supreme court chamber, each of which has seven to nine judges on the bench. In addition, the tribunal staffs a number of offices, including the Office of the Co-Prosecutors, the Office of Co-Investigating Judges, the Office of Administration, the Defense Support Section and the Victims Support Section.

International Criminal Court

International Criminal Court is an international tribunal based in the Hague, the Netherlands. The purpose of the court is to serve as a supplement to national courts of law to handle situations that cannot be resolved through traditional means by nations. Typically, cases are either referred to the court directly by countries or by the United Nations. Currently, there are 123 countries that are members of the International Criminal Court as outlined by the Rome Statue adopted on July 17, 1998. The court primarily hears cases related to genocide, crimes against humanity, crimes of aggression, war crimes and territorial disputes.

International Bar Association

The International Bar Association or IBA is an association of lawyers, bar associations and law organizations located across the world. Currently, more than 80,000 lawyers belong to the IBA, as well as 200 bar associations and legal societies. The official headquarters for the IBA is in London, United Kingdom. Regional offices are found in Washington, D.C., United States; Sao Paolo, Brazil; and Seoul, South Korea. Two organizations, the Bar Issues Commission (BIC) and the Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI), operate under the IBA. The latter was founded by Nelson Mandel and seeks to enforce laws that protect human rights.

International Center for Transitional Justice

The International Center for Transitional Justice or ICTJ is a nonprofit non-governmental organization founded in 2001. The purpose of the group is to fight for accountability for gross violations of human rights using transitional justice apparatuses. Currently, the group has its headquarters in New York City, New York, United States. The organization operates worldwide and has regional offices located in 12 different countries. Since the founding of the organization, the ICTJ has worked in more than 40 countries, including Tunisia, Uganda, Colombia and Syria to further the rule of law, women’s and children’s rights, religious freedom and equality.

International Council of Jurists

The International Council of Jurists is a professional association based in Buckingham Palace in London, the United Kingdom. The purpose of the organization is to promote the administration of justice and the expansion of law to meet the social and economic needs of people all around the world. To achieve these goals, the council supports research projects and provides educational seminars and symposia for lawyers and legal workers around the world. Plus, the organization offers legal aid to people who are unable to afford attorneys. Members of the association include individual lawyers, bar associations and legal societies.

United Nations Office of Legal Affairs

The United Nations Office of Legal Affairs is a branch of the United Nations founded February 13, 1946. Operating out of their headquarters in New York City, New York, United States, the office is responsible for providing legal services for the Secretariat of the United Nations and other organs of the UN. Specifically, the office interprets and advises on issues related to international trade law and public law. There are six divisions of the Office of Legal Affairs: the Office of the Legal Counsel (OLC), the General Legal Division (GLD), the Codification Division (COD), the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (DOALOS), the International Trade Law Division (ITLD) and the Treaty Section (TREATY).

Avocats Sans Frontières

Avocats Sans Frontières is an international non-governmental organization committed to protecting human rights and promoting responsible development. The organization is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, and was founded in 1992. More than 130 people work for the organization worldwide. The group conducts field interventions on the ground in areas of conflict and other violations of human rights. In addition, the organization provides access to lawyers, legal advice and justice representation for victims of human rights violations that would otherwise not be able to secure a lawyer. The organization has done work in Burundi, Kosovo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Timor-Leste, Uganda and Nepal.

Commission for Environmental Cooperation

The Commission for Environmental Cooperation was established in 1994 by the United States, Mexico and Canada to fulfill the obligations of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation. Its headquarters is located in Montreal, Canada.

Court of Justice & Court of First Instance of the European Communities

The Court of Justice & Court of First Instance of the European Communities is the supreme court for deciding matters related to European Union Law and is headquartered in Kirchberg, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg.

European Court of Human Rights

Founded in 1998, the European Court of Human Rights hears cases related to human rights violations that occur in its 47 member states. The court is located in Strasbourg, France.

European Free Trade Agreement Court

The European Free Trade Agreement Court hears cases related to trade disputes in Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland. Founded in 1994, the court is located in Kirchberg, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg,

Inter-American Court of Human Rights

Established in 1959 by the Organization of American States, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights hears cases related to human rights and freedoms in member North, Central and South American nations. The court is located in San Jose, Costa Rica.

International Chamber of Commerce International Court of Arbitration

Overseeing cases from more than 90 member countries, the International Chamber of Commerce International Court of Arbitration is responsible for settling disputes related to trade. The court is based in Paris, France.

International Court of Justice

The International Court of Justice is the main judicial body of the United Nations and is a panel of 15 judges. Its headquarters in located in The Hague, Netherlands, and the court hears cases from 193 countries.

International Criminal Court

Since 2002, the International Criminal Court has heard cases related to international crimes against humanity and war crimes. The court is affiliated with the United Nations and is located in The Hauge, Netherlands.

International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda

Established in 1994, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda was responsible for trying cases related to the war crimes and genocide that occurred during the Rwandan Civil War. The court is located in Arusha, Tanzania.

International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia

Established by the United Nations Security Council in 1993, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia was responsible for prosecuting individuals guilty of war crimes during the Yugoslav Wars. Its headquarters is in The Hague, Netherlands.

International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea

In 1982, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea was founded to settle disputes related to the use of ocean waters. The court features judges from 21 countries and is located in Hamburg, Germany.

Permanent Court of Arbitration

The Permanent Court of Arbitration is an international court that settles legal disagreements between its 121 member states, international organizations and individuals and companies. Established in 1899, the court is based in The Hague, Netherlands.

Special Court for Sierra Leone

In 2002, the United Nations established the Special Court for Sierra Leone to prosecute war crimes related to the Sierra Leone Civil War. The court has offices in Freetown, Sierra Leone; The Hague, Netherlands; and New York City, United States.

World Intellectual Property Organization Arbitration & Mediation Center

Since 1994, the World Intellectual Property Organization Arbitration & Mediation Center has helped settle disputes between international private parties that arise from intellectual property claims.

World Trade Organization Appellate Body

The World Trade Organization Appellate Body hears cases related to trade disputes to promote free and open trade among member nations. Its seat is in Geneva, Switzerland.

Careers

Have an interest in international law but are unsure just what you’d do with your degree after graduation? The truth is that there are a number of high-paying jobs that would be open to you after graduation. International lawyers typically earn an average of $68,000 per year to start and often enjoy full benefits in addition to salary. Plus, being an international lawyer can give you the flexibility to search for full-time employment or more flexible contract work.

1. Government Official

International law degrees can prepare you for work as a public servant. Government officials have the ability to make widespread change at the local, state or national level. In addition to serving constituents, government officials also perform managerial and administrative tasks. International law degrees that emphasize international relations, diplomacy and governance will best prepare you for working as a government official.

2. Courts Officer

International law degrees can prepare you for work as an officer of the courts or a judge. You may find yourself presiding over trials at international tribunals and then researching arguments to make informed decisions about cases. Normally, judges are appointed by government officials or are elected to their positions. To prepare yourself for a career as a courts officer, consider international law degree programs with specialties in criminal justice.

3. Academic Researcher and Teacher

If you have a real passion for the law and enjoy academic environments, you may put your international law degree to use in the world of academia. Faculty of law universities conduct research and publish papers on topics related to international law and teach undergraduate and graduate level courses. Specialized master’s degrees with a heavy emphasis on research will best prepare you for this type of career.

4. Corporate Lawyer

International lawyers are in demand at large corporate law firms. There, you may be required to oversee international business transactions, draft and proofread contracts and advise key decision makers. In addition, corporate international lawyers may also be involved in helping companies deal with international governing bodies and other companies located overseas. Degrees in international tax law or international economic law will best prepare you for careers at corporate law firms.

5. Mediation and Consultancy

If you’re interested in a legal career that will continuously present new challenges, working as an adviser or mediator can be an excellent option. International lawyers working in these fields help to compose and negotiate treaties, interpret international law for clients and often work with cases involving corruption, intellectual property and sovereign debt. International law degrees with specializations in global affairs or globalization can help to prepare you for work as a mediator or consultant.

The first step toward embarking on any of these careers is gaining entry to an international law master’s degree program. These programs typically last for one to three years and are offered by universities all over the world. Admission requirements will vary from program to program, but typically, you will need to have a bachelor’s degree in an applicable field and a history of academic excellence.

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