Law and Policy Events 7 September 2020 - 9 October 2020

Online IHL course for senior humanitarian practitioners and policy-makers

This online ICRC course will combine remote self-paced learning and virtual face-to-face sessions.

About the event

Organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), this online course on international humanitarian law (IHL) is specifically tailored to the needs of senior humanitarian practitioners and policy-makers who wish to better understand the relevance and applicability of IHL to armed conflict. 

The course follows a methodology involving e-learning modules, case studies, news-flash sessions, and discussions with experts, based on the current challenges practitioners and policy-makers face in their daily work. This online blended learning methodology combines:

• Remote self-paced learning from 7 September to 5 October 2020
• Virtual face-to-face sessions from 5 to 9 October 2020

As the programme follows a logical sequence, participants are expected to commit to the whole duration of the course.


Themes covered in the course will include:

• Classification of conflict
• Interplay between IHL and other bodies of law
• Conduct of hostilities
• Detention
• Climate change and armed conflict
• The protection of children
• Sexual violence in armed conflict
• Dialogue with non-State armed groups


Is this course for you?

Are you a senior staff member of an international or local organization dealing with humanitarian issues on a daily basis? Are you working in a situation of armed conflict and/or regularly confronted with the reality of armed conflicts? Do you have to make decisions that can have a humanitarian impact in the field? And most of all, do you ever wonder what the law really says and how legal tools can help you with your daily tasks? If the answer is yes, then this training course is definitely for you.

The selection of participants will be based on the following criteria:

✓ Number of years of experience/ level of responsibility in the respective sector of work
✓ Level of involvement in relation to IHL issues
✓ Quality of the motivation statement in the registration form
✓ Equitable representation

This course's key strength are the rich discussions generated by a diverse and inclusive group of participants. We therefore encourage people across geographical background, gender, religion, disability, identity, and experience to apply.


Participation & Registration

To register, please fill out the following application form.

Please note that there are no associated costs to this course, but the registration will be limited to 100 participants. The deadline for applications is Monday, 31 August 2020. The results of the selection process will be communicated to all candidates first week of September 2020.



The course is conducted in English.


For questions, please contact the ICRC's Legal Training Sector:


Date & Time

7 September 2020 - 9 October 2020

Venue address

This course is held online