17 March 2019 - 22 March 2019

23rd course in International Humanitarian Law (IHL) for humanitarian professionals and policy makers

The ICRC's 23rd course in IHL for humanitarian professionals and policymakers will be held in March 2019.

About the event

The ICRC's 23rd course in International Humanitarian Law (IHL) for humanitarian professionals and policymakers is designed to acquaint participants with the international rules, principles, and instruments applicable in times of armed conflict. It offers participants practical knowledge in IHL applicable in their fieldwork and their decision-making processes.

The course will provide in-depth instruction in the following broad themes:

  • The relevance of IHL and other legal regimes, such as human rights law, refugee law, and laws concerning internally displaced persons, for humanitarian practitioners.
  • How IHL protects persons in the power of a party to the conflict.
  • How humanitarian professionals may contribute to ensuring better respect for the law.
  • Contemporary challenges surrounding regulation of weapons and methods of warfare.
  • Challenges to humanitarian action in light of the changing nature of armed conflicts and other situations of violence.

The course will follow a methodology combining theory and practice. Participants will be provided with both expert lectures and participative exercises based on the ICRC's experience in more than 150 years of humanitarian action and IHL. The course draws on the participants' collective experience to further illuminate the role and importance of IHL in the daily work of their respective organisations.


The course is open to senior representatives of non-governmental organisations, international organisations, state agencies, and humanitarian donor agencies. Applicants should have decision making roles in their respective organisations at the national, regional or global level.

A legal background is not required and the course is open to participants from any country. Completed forms should be sent to the ICRC Regional Delegation in Nairobi to reach before 31 December 2018. Participants are strongly urged to send their applications by email using nai_com@icrc.org. The application form can be downloaded here. Successful applicants will be notified by 11 January 2019.


Sawela Lodge, Naivasha, Kenya.


17-22 March 2019

Course Fees

$ 1200 USD

Course fees cover full board accommodation, return transport from Nairobi to Naivasha, course materials and course activities.


Payments will only be made after the selection process. Selected applicants will be given a bank account in which to deposit the money.


Full board accommodation will be provided at Sawela Lodge, Lake Naivasha.


Participants are expected to make their own travel arrangement to and from Nairobi. A bus will depart the ICRC Regional Delegation on Denis Pritt Road, Nairobi at 1 pm on Sunday 17 March. It will return at around 6 pm on Friday 22 March, (depending on traffic). Flights should not be booked before 9 pm if you wish to depart Kenya on 22 March.


All participants must have a good understanding of English as all working sessions will be in this language.


A detailed programme for the entire course and other practical details will be sent to selected participants.

Pre-course work

A pre-course online training programme is required to be completed. A link will be sent to selected participants.

For further information, please contact:
The International Committee of the Red Cross
Nairobi Regional Delegation, P.O. Box 73226, 00200 Nairobi, Kenya.
Tel: +254 20 272 3963/3964 or 3965. E-mail: nai_com@icrc.org

Please download the application form and course flyer.

Date & Time

17 March 2019 - 22 March 2019

Venue address

Sawela Lodge
Naivasha, Kenya