Legal Resources: Customary IHL Database Updated to Include Additional Practice from Canada and India


The ICRC has just updated the Customary IHL Database to include additional practice from Canada and India

Customary international law consists of rules that come from "a general practice accepted as law" and exist independent of treaty law. Customary IHL is of critical importance in today’s armed conflicts because it fills gaps left by treaty law and therefore strengthens the protection offered to victims. The Customary IHL Database is the updated version of the Study on customary international humanitarian law conducted by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and originally published by Cambridge University Press. A summary of that study can be found here

The database contains:

  • the 161 rules of customary IHL identified in the ICRC's 2005 customary IHL study;
  • The practice underlying that study;
  • Regular updates reflecting national and international practice in the field of IHL.