National implementation of IHL: Model laws,Guiding principles and Practical advice

01 October 2015

With a view to facilitating implementation of the rules of international humanitarian law at the national level, the ICRC’s Advisory Service on International Humanitarian Law proposes model laws / guiding principles, and offers advice on drafting legislation.

Laws and regulations adopted by States to implement international humanitarian law are available in the IHL - National Implementation database.

1 - Weapons

     Anti-personnel mines

    Biological and Toxin Weapons

    Cluster munitions

    Nuclear Weapons



2 - Children

3 - Cultural property

4 - Emblem

  • Model law on the emblems, national legislation on the use and protection of the emblem of the Red Cross, Red Crescent and Red Crystal

5 - Geneva Conventions and Additional Protocols

6 - International Criminal Court

7 - Missing

  • Guiding principles / Model Law on the missing, principles for legislating the situation of persons missing as a result of armed conflict or internal violence: measures to prevent persons from going missing and to protect the rights and interests of the missing and their families.

8 - National Committees