Discover the IHL Digital App. Search, save and share IHL, anytime, anywhere

IHL app: international humanitarian law in your pocket

Discover the IHL Digital App for international humanitarian law. Designed for the mobile user on the go, the IHL app allows you to quickly check IHL references for legal practice and discussion. From the palm of your hand, 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

Access everywhere

Even when you are not connected to Wi-Fi, you can continue to access content through the app's offline mode, wherever you are.

Users can access the app in English, French, Arabic, Chinese, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish. Each IHL treaty article is available in both English and French, and each customary IHL rule is available in English, French, Arabic, Chinese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish, with the documents also available as a PDF in the same languages.

Advanced search features

Quickly search across the full content of the app, including treaties and additional protocols, to find documents through the search function. You can also use the "find in page" feature in 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 give your feedback

Save search results easily, including full documents or parts of documents, with the app's bookmark function. And you can personalize and organize your bookmarks from the dedicated bookmarks 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 provide feedback on the app, please send suggestions or observations to: