Intensive International Humanitarian Law Course for Humanitarian Practitioners and Policy-Makers

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is organizing an international humanitarian law (IHL) course for humanitarian practitioners, to be held, at ECOGIA, the ICRC's Training Center and at the Humanitarium, the ICRC's conference center, from 23 to 28 September 2018.

Is this training for you?

Are you working with an international or local organization dealing with humanitarian issues on a daily basis? Are you working in a situation of armed conflict andconflict and/or regularly confronted to the reality of armed conflicts? Do you have to make decisions that can have a humanitarian impact in the field? And most of all, do you ever wonder what the law really says and what legal tools could help you with your daily tasks?

Then, this international humanitarian law course is definitely for you.

Course description

International Humanitarian Law (IHL), is the set of rules that applies in time of any armed conflict and that seeks to protect those that are not or no longer participating in the hostilities. IHL’s rules aim to reduce the sufferings those conflict produce and therefore it restricts the use of some methods of warfare and facilitates humanitarian action for actors and agencies engaged in bringing relief to those in need. Therefore, it is highly desirable that humanitarian practitioners and policy makers are familiar with the basic concepts of IHL and how they work in practice.

Organized by the ICRC, this immersive five-day course in international humanitarian law (IHL) is open to senior humanitarian practitioners and policy-makers who wish to become acquainted with the legal framework applicable to armed conflict. Combining theory and practice, the course follows a methodology involving exercises, simulations and discussions based on the actual challenges that humanitarian workers and policy-makers face today. Led by legal practitioners with knowledge of the field, all sessions will focus primarily on concrete examples rather than on pure theory.

Ahead of the on-site course, participants will follow an online training aimed at familiarizing them with the basic rules and principles of IHL.

The course offers an intensive programme, allowing participants to delve into the fundamental aspects of IHL as well as some contemporary legal and operational challenges. As the programme follows a logical structure, participants are expected to be present throughout the course.

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