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Skip to 0 minutes and 8 secondsHello and welcome to this MOOC on International Human Rights Law,

Skip to 0 minutes and 14 secondsInternational Criminal Law: A Primer. This is the title of the MOOC and in this massive open online course, we will address the general issue of the interactions and overlapping, and sometimes also conflicts between the International Law of Human Rights, and the International Criminal Law, and the International Law of Armed Conflict or Humanitarian law. This normative framework, the normative framework of International Human Rights Law, International Criminal Law, International Humanitarian Law has known in the recent decades a dramatic development. Some enthusiasts have welcomed these developments with a sort of triumphalism. Critics are looking at this development as a sort of smoke in the eye because they say it doesn't change so much.

Skip to 1 minute and 12 secondsThe situations of violence, the situation of a massive violations of human rights still exist, still are under our eyes. Okay? The task of this course is to unfold, elaborate a kind of a balanced overview of these developments, taking into account not only the normative dimension, but also the reality that has, you know, unfolded in the recent years and decades-- how these developments have actually helped victims of massive human rights violations, of armed conflicts, of crimes against humanity to find redress.

Skip to 1 minute and 59 secondsAnd in particular, we were focused on some specific, you know, group of vulnerable people or people exposed to situations of risks which are women involved in armed conflict, for example, or massive human rights violations, gross violations of human rights and children. Also taking into account that this year 2019, is the year in which we celebrate anniversaries, some significant anniversaries of both the Convention on the Protection of Children and their protection against the convention against the discriminations, any kind of discriminations affecting women.

Skip to 2 minutes and 41 secondsSo in this course, for example, we will ask ourself whether the establishment of individual criminal liability for international crimes, such as crimes against humanity, war crimes, the crime of aggression and the crime of genocide has met the expectations of victims that seek redress for the egregious violations of human rights they have suffered. We will ask ourself whether the International Criminal Law and the International Criminal Court is actually a useful tool in the hands of women, children, victims of these violations. In so doing, we will try to take into account that all these measures in the field of International Criminal Law should contribute to the more general goal of protecting human rights and promoting the rights of the most vulnerable.

Skip to 3 minutes and 46 secondsTo address these complex topics, we will start on our journey of four weeks. In the first week, we will address the most theoretical issue of the International Law of Human Rights International Criminal Law-- so, interconnections, overlappings, sometimes conflicts, as I said, between these two realms of international law. In the second week, we will address another important topic, which is gender justice or injustice and International Criminal Law. How international criminal law is, you know, has contributed to counter the violence against women, the victimization of women in conflicts and in other situations of you know, massive attacks to human and women's rights. The third week, we will address another disturbing point, which is the involvement of children in armed conflict.

Skip to 4 minutes and 53 secondsAnd we will ask ourselves, for example, whether the ICC is equipped to deal with these extreme situations of child victimization and exploitation. The fourth week, we will go back to the previous to the original, you know, issues in assessing and presenting their work at the contribution of human rights courts, the regional courts in Europe, in Africa, in the Americas. Their contribution to this fight against impunity, for their redress of victims from the prevention of crimes and for the protection of anybody. So this is the, you know, the general picture of what we have to--we will address in the next weeks.

Skip to 5 minutes and 44 secondsSo overall, in this course, we will present the legal tools that are in the hands of international actors, governmental or nongovernmental, international or regional, to respond to today's forms of organized violence. We will do so by providing you each week some videos like this in which we will sort of guide you to the contents, the main contents of each week. Then you will have some audios also that will expand the information concerning specific topics, and articles that will, you know, provide you links with other academic materials or websites or other, you know, materials that are useful to address the specific topic, you know that with in that in that week.

Skip to 6 minutes and 47 secondsYou will also be invited to do some exercises that help you to elaborate more the topics that we will address in the week, and also encourage you to put at the disposal of everybody, your skills so your knowledge in a particular area. Finally, there will be a sort of forum which will open all along the four weeks in which you can submit questions, you can make comments and also ask for comments and contributions from the other participants in this course. I hope, I really hope you will enjoy this course. The four weeks that we will spend together and well, have a good day and good work.

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In this video, Paolo De Stefani, Professor of the University of Padua will present the course “Human Rights and International Criminal Law: An Introduction”.

The course explores the place of intersection between international law of human rights, international law of armed conflict and international criminal law and it aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the development, current achievements, and challenges that characterised it.

At the bottom of some pages, you will find the transcript of the audio files and additional material (e.g. articles, links, books) that will enrich your knowledge and understanding of the topics.

A number of issues in this course may be sensitive to some learners; in that light, we encourage everyone to maintain a spirit of openness and respect during the discussions. Let us use this opportunity to learn different perspectives and bridge understanding.

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