International Review of the Red Cross
Established in 1869, the International Review of the Red Cross is a quarterly journal published by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Cambridge University Press. It is a forum for debate on international humanitarian law and humanitarian action and policy, during armed conflict and other situations of violence.
ICRC IHL Bibliographies
New acquisitions on international humanitarian law, classified by subjects, at the International Committee of the Red Cross Library
How Does Law Protect in War?
Cases, Documents and Teaching Materials on Contemporary Practice in International Humanitarian Law
Customary IHL Database
Customary international humanitarian law is a set of unwritten rules derived from a general, or common, practice which is acknowledged as law. In the 1990s, at the request of the international community, the ICRC undertook an extensive study into current State practice in international humanitarian law in order to identify customary law in this area. Before the study was published, no comprehensive written analysis and compilation of customary IHL rules existed. The study has contributed to identifying the common core of international humanitarian law binding on all parties to all armed conflicts. Today, the ICRC’s Customary IHL Database makes these rules and the commentaries thereto easily accessible and searchable.
IHL National Implementation Database
The ICRC’s Advisory Service on International Humanitarian Law aims to provide a systematic and proactive response to efforts to enhance the national implementation of international humanitarian law (IHL). Working worldwide, through a network of legal advisers, its three priorities are: (i) to encourage and support adherence to IHL-related treaties; (ii) to assist States by providing them with the technical expertise required to incorporate international humanitarian law into their domestic legal frameworks; and (iii) to collect and facilitate the exchange of information on national implementation measures.
To share the information collected on national implementation measures, the ICRC set up a National Implementation Database. The content of the database, legislation and case laws, is drawn from information collected by the Advisory Service and sent to it by States.
This database lists all IHL and other related treaties by topic, date, as well as which states are a party to them.
The Domestic Implementation of International Humanitarian Law
A manual to assist policy-makers and legislators in the ratification of relevant instruments and to offer guidelines in the implementation process, thus enabling them to bring their laws and practice in line with the requirements of IHL.
* Download the PDF Version Download International Humanitarian Law: A Comprehensive Introduction
"International Humanitarian Law: A Comprehensive Introduction" is a 360-page introductory handbook that aims to promote and strengthen knowledge of international humanitarian law among academics, weapon-bearers, humanitarian workers and media professionals.
Written in a practical and accessible style, ideal for both experienced practitioners and first-time lay readers, the book endeavors to cover IHL from the ICRC's perspective, something not previously done by other works in this form. While the book is not in itself an official ICRC statement on IHL, it does attempt to reflect the ICRC's stance on IHL issues, and, of course, links to official positions.
Intercross is the blog of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Washington D.C.. It is a place for timely news, commentary on armed conflict and violence, humanitarian action, and the rules of war.