The ICRC: promoter and guardian of
international humanitarian law (IHL)
New customary IHL database published
The results of research on customary humanitarian law conducted in 2005 are now available in database form.The database can be accessed at: Customary IHL
The new database provides rapid access to the rules of customary IHL and enables users to examine practice around the world.
Regular updates will include further examples of national practice.
The International Humanitarian Law database contains:
- 100 treaties and other texts (These include law protecting the victims of war and law governing the conduct of hostilities, from 1856 to the present. The treaties are set out both in the form of their full text and of their individual articles. They are arranged according to subject and in chronological order.)
- The Commentaries on the four Geneva Conventions and their two Additional Protocols of 1977 (These may be consulted from the individual articles of the treaties or as a whole through the “Commentaries” option.)