Discover the IHL – International Humanitarian Law Digital App. Search, save and share IHL, anytime, anywhere

IHL App: International Humanitarian Law in your pocket

Discover the IHL – International Humanitarian Law Digital App. Designed for on-the-go use, the IHL Digital App enables instant IHL referencing for legal practice and discussion, directly from the palm of your hand, so you can search, save and share, anytime, anywhere.
Article 07 August 2019


IHL at your finger tips

Developed by the ICRC, the IHL Digital App provides access, via tablet, desktop and smartphone, to more than 75 treaties and other documents relating to international humanitarian law (IHL) – most notably, the Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols, the ICRC's original and updated Commentaries on the Conventions and Additional Protocols, and the rules of customary IHL identified by the ICRC's 2005 Study on customary IHL.

The IHL Digital App aims to support the promotion and implementation of IHL worldwide, by providing easy access to IHL treaties and the customary IHL rules in various languages. The ICRC hopes this app can help the use of IHL by professionals in their humanitarian dialogue and negotiation, inform the overall law and policy debate, support the teaching and promotion of IHL, and ultimately contribute to strengthening protection for everyone affected by armed conflict.

"The new IHL Digital App is fantastic! Rather than carry hard copies around, I can access all the key IHL instruments, and the ICRC Commentaries, on my phone and search them. Convenient and useful at the same time."

Dr Aurel Sari, Associate Professor of Public International Law and Director, Exeter Centre for International Law
IHL Digital App Champion - Dr Aurel Sari, Associate Professor of Public International Law and Director, Exeter Centre for International Law

The law, always up-to-date

Carry with you the most up-to-date version of the laws of war. Fed by the ICRC's Treaties, State Parties and Commentaries, and Customary International Humanitarian Law databases, when connected to WIFI, the ICRC IHL digital app will provide users with the latest updates concerning IHL treaties and documents, as well as ICRC Law & Policy news.

Access everywhere

Whether in or out of wifi signal, the app's offline mode enables users to continue accessing content where and whenever it is needed.

Users can access the app in English, French Arabic, Chinese, Russian or Spanish. Each IHL treaty article and customary IHL rule is available in English and in French, and corresponding PDF documents offered for PDF download in Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish versions.

Search comprehensively

Quickly search across the full content of the app, from treaties, additional protocols to customary IHL rules, to find applicable documents with the search function, or use the "find in page" feature within a document to find specific words, phrases, or numbers.

All users can also check for state ratifications of specific IHL treaties, as well as all IHL treaties ratified by a particular state, even in offline mode.

Bookmark, share and feedback

Save search results including full documents, or parts of documents easily with the app's bookmark function, and personalize and organize your bookmarks from the dedicated bookmark tab in the side menu.

Share search results quickly to email or social media with the "share" button.

The ICRC is always looking to improve its digital tools. To feedback on the app, please send suggestions or observations to: