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Philippines: Bringing humanitarian law into the classroom

09-11-2000 News Release 00/43

A seminar to raise awareness of humanitarian law among university professors has culminated in the setting up of a society to spearhead the teaching of the subject in the Philippines.

Participants in the five-day event, organized jointly by the ICRC and the University of the Philippines, included prominent lawyers, professors and judges. They explored various aspects of the law – such as provisions concerning women, children, refugees, internally displaced people and landmines – and discussed the law as it relates to the Philippine experience. Australian Red Cross representatives and ICRC staff working in the region spoke on the connection between humanitarian law and the work of the Red Cross.

The new Philippine Society for International Humanitarian Law, formed as a result of the seminar, will work to encourage inclusion of the subject in the school curriculum and to foster the growing body of related literature in the country.