International Criminal Law E-Learning Course

Florida State University and the International Bar Association are offering a new exciting opportunity to participate in a ground-breaking, distance learning, international law course. This 13-week course provides an introduction to International Criminal Law (War Crimes, Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity). Essential topics include the nature, scope and purpose of International Criminal Law (ICL), and the broader goal of ending impunity for the most heinous international crimes.

The course is taught by Dr Mark Ellis, a lawyer and economist who is the Executive Director of the International Bar Association.

The course will cover the following:

  • What is International Criminal Law?
  • How is International Criminal Law created?
  • Does International Criminal Law work?
  • What are the contemporary challenges of International Criminal Law? 
  • Why do we have International Criminal Courts and Tribunals, and how do they contribute to peace and stability in the world?
  • To what circumstances does the International Criminal Law apply?
  • What is the relationship between the ICC and UN Security Council?
  • Do states have obligations embedded in International Criminal Law?
  • What are the rights of the accused under International Criminal Law?
  • What is the relationship between the ICC and the U.S.?
  • What is the relationship between the ICC and Africa?
  • Can domestic tribunals apply International Criminal Law?


Taking place remotely, classes are held on Tuesday mornings (09.20-11.10 EST) from 9 January 2023. It is important that you are available to attend these classes remotely. Instructions on how to log on to attend the course online will be provided by the course administrators if you are selected to participate.

When the next intake is open to apply for, an application form will be made available on the website. All applicants will be required to complete the application form, send their CV and send a 500-1000 word essay on what they think the future of international law is. There is no right answer to this question, and we encourage students to select a topic based on their current experience and interests. Places on the course are limited.

Yes, those students who successfully complete the course will be awarded a certificate in Introduction to International Criminal Law, acknowledging their participation on the course.