Meet and get to know the ICRC

01 December 2016 09:00 - 01 December 2017 09:00
Meet and get to know the ICRC

The ICRC Visitors' Service organizes interactive information sessions to promote a better understanding of today's humanitarian challenges and to explore, with the help of visiting groups, how to improve humanitarian policy and action and increase respect for international humanitarian law.

Groups of at least 15 people aged 18 and above with an interest in humanitarian law, policy and action may attend ICRC information sessions. Smaller groups will be invited to merge into a bigger group.

Individuals and groups of younger people are encouraged to visit the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum instead.

Various types of session are available:

General information sessions

  • Aim at informing people with an interest in humanitarian action about the role and activities of the ICRC during armed conflict and about the basic principles of international humanitarian law.
  • Consist of an introductory film, a talk by an ICRC delegate, and an interactive presentation on the basic principles of international humanitarian law.
  • Take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays and last 2.5 hours.

Information sessions on specific topics

  • Are aimed at master’s and research students in a specific field of study (in particular, but not exclusively, public international law, health, journalism or social and behavioural sciences) and with an interest in humanitarian action.
  • Consist of an introductory film, a talk by an ICRC delegate (either on the ICRC’s role and activities more generally or on a particular theme), and a presentation on international humanitarian law.
  • Take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Friday mornings and last 2.5 hours.

Tailored information sessions

  • Aim at establishing dialogue with people with a professional interest in humanitarian action, law and policy (e.g. government representatives, diplomats, civil servants, humanitarian professionals, health professionals, legal experts, media professionals, military and police officers, and business leaders).
  • Are tailored to the interests of the group and may consist of an introductory film, a talk by an ICRC delegate (either general or on a particular theme), and one or more presentations on a specific challenge, topic or context.
  • Take place on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Friday mornings and last from 1.5 to 3 hours.

National Red Cross and Red Crescent Society sessions

  • Are aimed at establishing dialogue with Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers and staff.
  • Are tailored to the interests of the group and may consist of an introductory film, a talk by an ICRC delegate (either general or on a particular theme), and one or more presentations on a specific challenge, topic or context.
  • Take place Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Friday mornings and last from 1.5 to 3 hours.

Thematic workshops

  • Aim at showing teachers of law how the study of the legal aspects of certain humanitarian issues can be incorporated into their courses.
  • Are conducted by an ICRC staff member, or jointly by a law teacher and an ICRC staff member.
  • Consist of a film, presentations, group work and discussion; students prepare using online reference materials.
  • Are available on three themes:
  • Take place by appointment 4 times a year, once per university, and last 4 hours.

Fill in the reservation form and email it to visit@icrc.org at least 6 weeks prior to the date of visit.

All information sessions take place at the ICRC's Humanitarium.

Participants can begin by exploring the ICRC website, and prepare in particular for the interactive presentation by taking an e-learning module on international humanitarian law, available in the ICRC’s online training centre.

If you would like to combine your visit to the Humanitarium with an audio-guided or guided tour of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, or with a guided tour of Geneva's Old Town, walking in the footsteps of ICRC founder Henry Dunant, you can book directly with the museum's Visitors' Service or the Tourist Guide Association, respectively:

If you would like to have lunch in the ICRC restaurant, please make a group booking by email to the chef, Mr Stéphane Bruna, at stbruna@icrc.org.

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Reservation form for ICRC information session

Reservation form for National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies