22 March 2020 - 27 March 2020

24th course in International Humanitarian Law (IHL) for humanitarian professionals and policy makers

The ICRC's 24th course in IHL for humanitarian professionals and policymakers will be held in March 2020.

About the event

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)'s 24th course on International Humanitarian Law (IHL) for humanitarian professionals and policymakers will be held from 22 to 27 March at Sawela lodge, Naivasha, Kenya.

The course will focus on international law and standards applicable during armed conflict. It is designed to help the participants to find, understand and apply that framework to achieve their professional humanitarian objectives.

The course will cover the:

  • Origins, structure, principles and rules of IHL, as well as contemporary challenges and issues.
  • The relevance of IHL and other legal regimes, such as human rights law and refugee law, for the victims of armed conflict.
  • Role of humanitarian professionals in ensuring better respect for international law and standards during armed conflict.

The course will combine theory and practice. Participants will be provided with both expert lectures and participative exercises based on the ICRC's experience of more than 150 years of humanitarian action for the benefit of the victims of armed conflict.

The course is an opportunity for the participants to share, peer-to-peer, their experiences, challenges and good practice related to the application of international law and standards to their daily work.


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 organisations.

The course is open to participants from any country. A legal background is not required.

Application forms should be emailed to the ICRC Regional Delegation in Nairobi (nai_com@icrc.org) before 15 February 2020. Successful applicants will be notified no later than 20 February 2020.


Sawela Lodge, Lake Naivasha, Kenya.


22-27 March 2020

Course fees

$ 1200 USD

Course fees cover full board accommodation, return transport from Nairobi to Naivasha, course materials and course activities. Upon selection, the participants will be provided with a bank account in which to deposit the course fees.


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, for Naivasha at 1pm on Sunday 22 March. A bus will return to Nairobi at around 6pm on Friday 27 March. Participants' return flights should not be booked to depart Nairobi before 9pm on 27 March.


The course is conducted in English.


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

Pre-course work

A preparatory online training (approximately 5 hours) will be sent to the participants prior to the course.

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, complete and send to nai_com@icrc.org by 15 January 2020.

Date & Time

22 March 2020 - 27 March 2020

Venue address

Sawela Lodge
Naivasha, Kenya