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

   Convention on certain Conventional Weapons

  • Model Law on the Convention on certain Conventional Weapons, Legislation for common-law States on the 1980 Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons which may be Deemed to be Excessively
    Injurious or to have Indiscriminate Effects and on its Protocols


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