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Université catholique de Louvain

International Law

Université catholique de Louvain via edX MicroMasters


International Law is the law of the international community. In our globalized world, it is an expanding field and international politics cannot be understood today without some knowledge of the legal constraints bearing on it.

With this International Law MicroMasters program, you’ll master the language and institutions of international law. The MicroMasters program will give you a clear understanding of the ways by which international law exists as a legal order and bears on domestic governance (human rights), war (law of armed conflict), migration (asylum and refugee law) and the economy (investment law). You’ll learn to decode international news from a legal perspective and to understand the legal rules at play in specific professional fields of international relations (diplomacy, humanitarian aid, NGOs...).

If you’re not a lawyer, you’ll become able to interact with professional lawyers in an articulate way. If you already graduated in law, political sciences or international relations, you might even become interested in taking your MicroMasters credential to the next level, either by

  • Enrolling in an online LL.M. program organized by the UCLouvain Law school.
  • Or, becoming an on-campus degree student in the UCLouvain Advanced master in International Law in Belgium.


Courses under this program:
Course 1: International Law

Learn about the Law of the International Community, including how International Law is created, applied and upheld in today's world.

Course 2: International Human Rights Law

Learn how an individual’s human rights are protected from both public and private power by international laws.

Course 3: International Humanitarian Law

Learn how international law regulates armed conflicts, protects individuals in wartime, and guarantees minimum compliance.

Course 4: International Investment Law

Learn the features and dynamics of an important field of international law that grants rights to foreign investors to foster States’ development.

Course 5: Asylum and Refugee Law

What is asylum? What is the principle of non-refoulement? Who should be recognized and protected as a refugee? These notions are complex. Learn to understand and apply them!


Taught by

Pierre d’Argent, Raphaël Van Steenberghe, Jerôme de Hemptinne, Olivier De Schutter, Jean-Yves Carlier, Yannick Radi and Sylvie Sarolea


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