18 March 2018 13:00 - 23 March 2018 17:00

22nd course in International Humanitarian Law (IHL) for humanitarian professionals and policy makers

The ICRC invites you to the 22nd course in International Humanitarian Law (IHL) for humanitarian professionals and policy makers.

About the event

The ICRC's 22nd course in International Humanitarian Law (IHL) for humanitarian professionals and policy makers 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:

  • 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 12 February 2018. Participants are strongly urged to send their applications by email using nai_com@icrc.org. The application form can be obtained here. Successful applicants will be notified by 19 February 2018.


ICRC Regional Delegation, Denis Pritt Road, Nairobi.


18-23 March 2018 - Participants are expected to arrive at the ICRC offices in Nairobi at 1 pm on Sunday 18 March. The Course will finish by 5 pm on Friday 23 March. For those coming by air, return flights should not be booked before 9 pm on Friday 23 March.

Course fees

400 USD OR 360 USD for Kenyan residents/citizens to cater for food, course material, lunches and teas, welcome drinks and a group visit to Nairobi National Park. Please note that the visit is part of the course and not optional.


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


If you would like ICRC to book your accommodation, you can be accommodated at the Four Points by Sheraton at 145 USD per night for bed and breakfast. ICRC will book and you will pay on check out.


Participants are expected to make their own travel arrangement to and from Nairobi. For those staying at Four Points hotel, a shuttle service will be arranged for all participants to and from the ICRC Regional Delegation each morning and evening. If you are staying elsewhere, you will need to make your own arrangements to get to the venue each day. Free parking is available.


All participants must have 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 flier.

Date & Time

18 March 2018 13:00 - 23 March 2018 17:00

Venue address

ICRC Regional Delegation, Denis Pritt Road, Nairobi