International Humanitarian Law, Certificate | Part time online | edX - online learning platform | Belgium
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EdX is an online learning platform trusted by over 12 million users offering the International Humanitarian Law Program in collaboration with Université Catholique de Louvain - LouvainX. Learn how international law regulates armed conflicts, protects individuals in wartime, and guarantees minimum compliance.

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The International Humanitarian Law  course is part of the International Law MicroMasters Program from Université Catholique de Louvain - LouvainX.

Armed conflicts have always existed around the world. Unfortunately, recent events have shown that this phenomenon is becoming increasingly complex, especially with respect to some legal issues, such as:

  • The definition of combatants when terrorists are involved in the hostilities.
  • The detention by rebels of State armed forces.
  • The involvement and status of UN peacekeepers in armed conflicts.


This course will help you understand these complex legal issues by teaching you the norms governing armed conflicts, also known as ‘International Humanitarian Law’ (‘IHL’).  We will address these issues in light of recent practice, including the fight against ISIS and Al-Qaeda in different regions of the world, as well as other recent and older conflicts, such as those in Armenia, Afghanistan, Libya, Mali, and the Israeli-Palestinian one.

The course will provide essential theoretical and practical knowledge for students, researchers and academics who wish to specialize in International Humanitarian Law as well as professionals, including members of NGOs, involved in armed conflict situations, or even members of armed forces.

This course is part of the International Law MicroMasters Program.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Sources and subjects
  • Scope of application
  • Conduct of hostilities
  • Protection of persons
  • State responsibility
  • Individual responsibility

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 3 months
    • 4 hrs/week

Start dates & application deadlines

You can apply for and start this programme anytime.




  • Self-paced

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Knowledge of the fundamentals of International Law (subjects and sources of International Law/principles governing international responsibility). Such knowledge may be acquired by the successful completion of International law.
  • 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 legal language.

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